28 February 2012
22 February 2012
Today I’m interviewing another of my Clarion classmates who self-published a novel this year, Grady Hendrix. His novel, the irreverent Satan Loves You, is a humorous fantasy about what happens when Satan burns out after millennia of running the bureaucracy in Hell.
If you are planning to nominate for the Hugo Awards, Grady is in his second year of eligibility for the John W. Campbell Award for best new science fiction or fantasy writer. You can view his Campbell profile at http://www.writertopia.com/profiles/GradyHendrix.
|Dirt Candy, the restaurant (New York City)|
17 February 2012
I’m delighted to welcome today Nicole M. Taylor, who was one of my classmates at the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop and who has been publishing interesting short stories since.
I tend to notice these things only later, having amassed a body of work and realizing that it features an awful lot of X or Y, but, in general, I often write about women. I often write about poor, rural women, in particular. I write a lot about nasty magic that requires bodily fluids and, usually, some manner of killing. For a while, I was writing about people with scars a lot. There are a lot of mixed-heritage (both in the standard human way and sometimes with reptoid aliens. Not kidding) people in my recent stories and a lot of people on the autism spectrum. I’m not sure exactly why I’m really interested in that right now, but it’s something I’m clearly working through in my writing subroutines.
Yikes! Regimen...that’s a...strong word. In an ideal world, I’d write an hour a day in the morning either immediately after I woke up or shortly after. In practice, I only manage this two or three days a week. I do try to get at least some writing done every day. Right now, I’m working on a novel, and it’s been a while since I’ve worked on just one project for such a long time, so I’m trying to train myself not to skip off and do other things. Other than that, I tend to chew a lot of gum (I mean like a pack an hour) and drink a lot of water and sometimes sort of get up and pace around.
- “Last Boots on the Ground”: http://puritan-magazine.com/issue14.php
- “A Spoonful of Salt”: http://www.beneath-ceaseless-skies.com/story.php?s=163
- “Specter”: http://www.amazon.com/Dark-Highlands-Anthology-2-ebook/dp/B005DM5CKS/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1329278653&sr=1-3
- “The Excision”: http://www.brainharvestmag.com/2011/02/the-excision/
14 February 2012
When I moved to California four years ago, I joined a sf/f critique group associated with the Orange County Science Fiction Club and hosted by Robin Walton, today’s guest. I have had the pleasure of watching his stories improve over the years and of celebrating his first story sale in 2011.
Thank you, Robin, for visiting my blog today, and welcome!
|Robin Walton's self-published YA novel|