Well I was NOT tagged in the latest Facebook chain letter 7/7/7, but in celebration of finishing my latest short story for the upcoming Spy World from Metahuman Press...
Go to page 7 or 77 in your current manuscript
Go to line 7.
Post on your blog or Facebook the next 7 lines, or sentences, as they are--no cheating.
(And then tag 7 more writer friends, though I'm pretty sure they've all done this by now).
Three shots roared through the quad, followed by two muted cracks. Cement chipped the walkway around Brody's feet. The Glock blasted once more before two silenced shots evoked a choked off cry and the thump of a body hitting sod.
Regina watched from behind her cover and stared at Brody's still form, making a terrified sound that mostly sounded like her lover’s name. She eventually managed to tear her eyes away from the bullet hole in his head.
She heard the sound of footsteps in the grass.
Now on to Supernatural West.
Monday, June 25, 2012
Saturday, May 12, 2012
One of the first books I remember cracking open as a child was The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. I was mesmerized by a world populated by magic creatures and witches and talking animals presented as if it were REAL. No hoaky, kiddie, cartoony gimmicks. No singing. This was a real world where a bunch of kids actually went and battled evil.
I also grew up watching cartoons, natch. In particular I remember kind of hating Scooby Doo (while sitting glued to this opium for kids every day), thinking how lame it was that every case had to be some stupid old guy playing tricks with fake ghosts and stage magic and whatnot. Why couldn't they fight real monsters dammit? Guess the creative geniuses at Hanna Barbera thought that would have been too silly. -_-
|THIS was the Scooby Doo I wanted to see.|
Except for comic books, the one medium where writers had no constraints.
Eventually Hollywood got crap like Once Bitten out of their systems. Lost Boys and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, while still campy, were starting to reveal shades of what we were looking for. That was fine and all for vampires, but in fantasy, we had Highlander, aaaand... Highlander.
|We've come so far|
Amazing scribes like Laura K Hamilton and Jim Butcher picked up on what Mercedes Lackey had been throwing down and at long last a genre had evolved: Urban Fantasy. Over in TV Land, Joss Whedon took the cue to transform his parody concept into something fans outside the cult could appreciate, and the floodgates opened on the small screen and especially on bookshelves, where Charlene Harris, Kim Harrison, Patricia Briggs, and a legion of great talent came to play in the new sandbox.
- Genre Confusion: Just what the heck is "Horror," anyway, and how is it different from Dark Fantasy? (marieloughin.com)
- Fiction Affliction: May Releases in Urban Fantasy (tor.com)
- The Best and Worst of Urban Fantasy Boys (thecanaryreview.com)
- Defining Urban Fantasy (urbanfantasyland.wordpress.com)
Sunday, April 29, 2012
I was telling Ron Fortier today at the Windy City Pulp and Paper Con about how I first knew I wanted to be a writer was when I was twelve. And the stuff I was reading back then, the books that first inspired me, was Don Pendleton's Mack Bolan. More specifically my favorites of the series were the ones ghost written by Stephen Mertz.
By the time I got into it, the war on the Mafia era was over and The Executioner had become a paramilitary spy thriller. But it was still a modern day pulp; balls out, wall-to-wall action with a hard assed hero who was anything but a saint -- but still unmistakably a hero. Those are the kinds of stories I wanted to tell.
But I got sidetracked by life, as so many of us do. Flash forward to today. I'm 60,000 words into my first novel (based on the original plot notes of a story I started when I was 12). I had every intention of writing it as a pulp, but I end up creating so dense a backstory that it becomes more of a crime drama. I'm still happy with it, but when you go more than three chapters without a gun going off or someone getting slugged, it just ain't a pulp.
And not just detectives and spies. There's urban fantasy, jungle adventure, explorers. And hot chicks. Lots and lots of hot chicks. Hell even Zorro's a chick now, apparently. I'm all about girl power. Strong female characters are the best to write.
Then out of nowhere, I am invited to contribute to a superhero pulp anthology. Talk about the best of both worlds for a comic book fan. It was fun, and definitely got the creative juices flowing.
So now I've got a writing sample. Not an unfinished fanfiction. An honest-to-golly (soon to be) published story with my name on it. With that sample I got another gig, and the way recent conversations have gone, I think I'm actually going to get a couple more.
Here's the kicker. I spoke to a couple independent publishers about my writing style and without me even asking(!!) they tell me they are looking for contributors. I ask if they can send me a story bible of their character/setting. They say sure! Wai-Wha? Just like that. I've been banging my head against the wall for ten frickin years in the comics world with little more than a "good luck kid".
There is an adage that society does not let you really succeed until you're 40. Although I am surrounded by exceptions to that rule, perhaps I am evidence of it being true for the rest of us.
- Pulp Adventure Comic 'Athena Voltaire' to be Relaunched by Dark Horse (geeksyndicate.wordpress.com)
- In Praise of Pulps - Part 1 (the-unmutual.blogspot.com)
- In Praise of Pulps - Part 2 (the-unmutual.blogspot.com)
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
The four years I spent trying to make a go of the distribution business were hands down the roughest years of my life. Not because the work was hard. No, that stretch of my life was rough due to the perpetual crap ton of drama I had to deal with. I put on a good front with customers but I kept interviews and PRs to a minimum because I couldn't bring myself to lie and pretend everything was great when it was anything but.
Literally every. single. time something good happened that promised growth for the company, or when I came home revitalized from an exciting con, there would be my so called business partner ready and eager to shoot me down.
That wasn't the case this year after C2E2. There's always been something invigorating about going to comic conventions. I don't go so much as a fan anymore, but I love meeting pros, seeing new projects, and just being immersed in comics culture. And this year when the con was over, I was still holding into the buzz. Two days later I'm still optimistic about the opportunities I came across this weekend. It's kinda surreal.
So God willing this is the start of my journey back out of my shell. It was getting kinda smelly in there.