In the past six weeks, I have written roughly 120,000 words, counting work on short stories, novels and pitches. Not counting blog posts, because…eh. I tend to treat my blog as either a warm-up or a cool-down exercise, so it wouldn’t be fair to count it. I feel bad enough including the pitches, frankly. (more…)
Howard Pyle is one of my favorite artists. There’s a palpable energy to his work which resonates through the eyeballs and starts the gears to turning in my head–there’s a story in every brush stroke. I first encountered his work as a kid, which probably helps explain the ever-present frisson it generates in me, but I tend to revisit it when I need a bit of inspiration. (more…)
Shakespeare Vs. Cthulhu has funded! And to celebrate, why not read up on the protagonist of my contribution? Sometimes known as the Queen’s Conjurer, Dr. John Dee is the first incumbent of the offices of the Royal Occultist, as well as being a spy, mathematician, astronomer, and cartographer. To read about his adventures in Elizabethan England and abroad, visit THE ROYAL OCCULTIST site. And be sure to check out the rest of what the site has to offer afterwards–there are free stories and audio adventures as well as plenty of information about the world of the Royal Occultist, including an up-to-date chronology and short story listing.
One month down, eleven to go. One novella, one short story, most of one book and the first quarter of another completed. My focus has narrowed to a knife-edge, sharpened on sentence fragments and dangling participles. I am firing on all cylinders. Migraines cluster like crows around a dying hedgehog, waiting. Always waiting. (more…)
Another from the commonplace book. A thing about medieval bones and the thieves who love them. (more…)
I’ve got a fair few short stories that’ll be showing up this year, if the publishing winds hold fair. Bear with me while I talk about some of them, won’t you? (more…)
So far this year I’ve written close to 60,000 words. That’d be 15,000 words a week, or thereabouts. Still not enough, of course. Never enough. Projects crowd close, like hungry ghosts. On the other hand, I’ve had two whole days off this month, one of which I spent doing nothing but watching Hawaii Five-O reruns. Good times. (more…)