May 14, 2008
Today’s post, “What Kind of Jacket Art Do You Want on Your Book?”, can be found at www.sfnovelists.com. Come visit the site. Check out the post. Enjoy!
May 13, 2008
By the time I reached my destination, I had a fully formed idea for vampire DJs who were psychologically and culturally ‘stuck’ in the era in which they were turned. I also knew the heroine would be “bad” in some way. (The punch line is that even though it all began with “Bad Company,” the publisher ultimately asked me to change the title.)
2) Who are your favorite authors and books now and when you were growing up?
3) What is it about fantasy/science fiction that attracts you?
4) Why did you decide to make Ciara a con artist?
I suppose the creation of Shane is my small way of honoring Cobain’s life and work and the impact it’s had (and continues to have) on my psyche. I feel a spiritual kinship with them both and wonder if but for the grace of good fortune I’d be in as bad a shape as they were in their lives.
10) What is easiest/hardest for you as a writer?
May 12, 2008
Today’s post, “Writing Organically,” can be found at www.magicalwords.net. Please visit the site and enjoy!
May 11, 2008
Today was graduation day at the university where Nancy teaches. Sounds like it was a nice ceremony. As always, graduation here reminds me of my own college graduation many, many, many years ago.
I went to Brown, where the procession leading from the University green to the chapel where the graduation service takes place, goes through a complicated and wonderful marching pattern. Basically the current graduating class is followed in the procession by older classes back for reunions, as well as by the administration and faculty. They walk through the university gates and then line the road so that they can cheer as the others walk by. But as each group walks by the last of the spectators, they themselves move to the roadside and become spectators. In effect, it’s like continuously turning a sock inside out — each end gets pulled through; each group gets to watch every other group walk by. Hard to describe clearly. Suffice it to say that I’ve experienced Brown’s graduation as a graduating senior, as a five year alum, and as a twenty year alum, and eachtime it has been an incredibly moving experience that left me feeling that I was part of a much larger community.
So what about you? What are graduations like at your colleges or high schools? Any special experiences?
May 8, 2008
So, for the second time in about three months one of our credit cards has been hacked. Weird things about it: First, it was the new credit card that we got after the last one was hacked. (We have several cards, but this is the only one that seems to be giving us trouble.) Second, the false charges put on the credit card last time were for about $2,000.00 each and were charged at bike shops in Europe. This time the false charge was for about $1,500.00 and was charged (wait for it….) at a bike shop in Europe. And both times, we had put in a legitimate charge at one online seller in particular about three weeks before the problem arose. I can’t prove this last connection so I’m not going to give the name of the online merchant, but be careful who you order from, and if you can, place your orders by phone rather than over the net.
Tune in tomorrow for a new political cartoon from my friend Bryan Prindiville and me.
May 7, 2008
Thanks to all for the great comments on yesterday’s post. Woke up this morning and found that my newly-minted teenager was very much like the child who lived here yesterday and the day before. One day at a time. That’s the ticket.
I seem to be in the middle of another good writing week. I’m making good progress on the book, and more important, I like what I have so far. I’m even finding time to birdwatch every morning before I sit down to write. Spring migration is starting to wind down. We probably have another three or four days, but after that it’ll slow down and we’ll settle into a typical Tennessee summer — hot days, thunderstorms in the late afternoons, muggy nights spent sitting on the porch, listening to the crickets and frogs, watching the lightning bugs. Sounds good to me.