Thursday, May 30, 2013

Mirrors and Windows


There's a Turkish kebab shop down the street from my house.  Once in a while, when in a certain state and needing energy to burn, I drop in on it.  The place offers seating along two of the walls.  One of the walls is glass, and the people there can look out on the street while they eat.  The other is on a paneled wall, and the seats are mounted in front of a large, rectangular mirror.

It occurs to me now and then that you could divide the whole world into people looking into mirrors and people looking out of windows.

But the great thing is that every day we get a chance to change seats.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Born Bad

 
I got some good news from Grey Matter Press, the publisher that's releasing the Dark Visions anthology which will contain my short story 'The Troll.'  They've just bought another of my stories for another book they're going to release later this year called Ominous Realities.

'Born Bad' is a horror story.  It's about theology, and it's about being true to yourself.  

I wrote it in December.  Usually the rough draft of a short story takes me at least a week, but I wrote this one in a two-day frenzy.  I sat down and plugged myself into my laptop for an entire weekend.  When I finally looked up I realized I'd missed my friend's Christmas party, but I bad a brand new manuscript that barely needed to be touched.  Guess it worked.

Monday, May 13, 2013

The American Nightmare



This IFC documentary is pretty interesting.  It takes a look at American horror films in the '60s and '70s, and puts them the context of the real-life violence surrounding them, i.e., The Civil Rights Movement, Vietnam, Kent State, the Kennedy and King assassinations, etc.  It contains some pretty insightful interview footage with Wes Craven and David Cronenberg, plus they use a Godspeed You! Black Emperor track for the score.  Definitely worth a look.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Duotrope: It's Worth the Fee


The other night I finally did something I should have done months ago, and bought a year's membership to Duotrope.com.

Duotrope is an excellent resource for writers.  They post listings of every writing market known to man, and have a very user-friendly search engine to help you track down potential homes for whatever it is you're trying to publish.  They used to be free, but I guess they weren't making ends meet on donations alone, so this year they instituted a membership fee.  Still, all they're asking for at the moment is $50 a year.  It's one of those investments, like buying a printer or paying for postage, that you should just bite the bullet over if you're serious about publishing.

I was starting to feel guilty about it anyway.  So far I've sold three stories to publications I'd found through DT, and I'd never donated.  It's never good to be a stingy writer.  We need to support the community if we want it to support us.