Friday, September 30, 2011

NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books

Love a good sci fi or fantasy read? Love a good flowchart? Then you've got to check out SF Signal's awesome FLOWCHART of NPR's Top 100 list.

I've read a good number of these titles, but now realize I've got some catching up to do -- not like that's a bad thing. Nope, not a bad thing at all.

Friday, September 23, 2011

A Quick & Angry Cafe Rant

The second Campaign Challenge called for "a quick, angry cafe rant" in which we were asked to do the following:
Write a blog post in 200 words or less, excluding the title. It can be in any format, whether flash fiction, non-fiction, humorous blog musings, poem, etc. The blog post should:
  • include the word "imago" in the title
  • include the following 4 random words: "miasma," "lacuna," "oscitate," "synchronicity,"
If you want to give yourself an added challenge (optional and included in the word count), make reference to a mirror in your post.
For those who want an even greater challenge (optional), make your post 200 words EXACTLY!
I wasn't able to squeeze in a mirror reference, but I did manage to bring it in at exactly two hundred words (harder than it sounds). And so, for your reading pleasure I give you:

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Imago and the Rain of Steel

Imago was there when I walked in. He was always there.

After the nearby “luxury lofts” opened up, he’d invaded our cafĂ© with his laptop and his smartphone and his loudness, turning it from a writer’s Shangri-La into a miasma of literary despair.

Looking around, I saw the place was filled with regulars, all struggling authors. We’d earned our chairs by ordering a cup, then shutting up and writing. Imago, named after the word printed on his “personal” mug, was killing the vibe. He’d shattered our creative mojo with his nonstop blathering.

I ordered then sat down next to Benny.

“Imago’s wearing a Lacuna Coil t-shirt. Bet he’s never even heard their music,” he whispered. “And the douche used ‘oscitate’ in a sentence before you came in. I looked it up. It means, ‘to yawn’. I hate him.”

“Good. That’ll help.”

Barista Meg brought my coffee and waited. They were all waiting.

“Yeah, let’s do this.”

With clumsy synchronicity, we rose from our seats while Meg locked the door. Imago found himself surrounded by authors—with hammers.

“What?”

I snorted, clueless as always.

“I’ll tell you what,” I said, fingering the handle of a shortened sledge. “SHUT THE F**K UP!”

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Personally, I like the visual of a bunch of angry authors with hammers, but maybe that's just me. ;c)

UPDATE: Here's a link to the list. My story's #72 (just in case you're looking for something to "like").

SORT OF EMBARRASSING UPDATE:

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Animation Insider

Jinkies! They interviewed you?
I was interviewed about writing for animation over at Animation Insider a while back but, for some reason, didn't post the link. Must be my impressive humility at work (or my addled brain). While you're there, check out the rest of the site. Even if you're just a little bit into animation, you'll groove on the fun interviews with folks on all levels of that branch of the showbiz tree.

Novel-wise, things are cruising along nicely. Doing a little bit every day to make the end of the month publish date happen. Currently, I'm trying to finalize the cover (a lot of the promotional stuff hinges on having that locked down). Very early feedback from one of my proofers is positive. Let's hope that trend continues!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Proofers Activate!

Proofer in Action
As of today, all the proof copies for Dragonfriend have either been mailed out or hand delivered to shadowy figures across the land. Known to me as "Proofers," I await their feedback with bated breath. They are my last, best hope for an error free read.

After their changes are made, it'll be time for final tweaks on the interior and cover design, another "final" proof copy and then, Then, THEN...a vigorous smackdown on the "Approve" button! In the meantime, I'm working toward completing the first draft of the second book in the series (so expect to see some movement on the long-neglected progress bar to the right).

Elsewhere in the news, I have an irresistible urge to list my top three favorite Pixar films:

1. The Incredibles: One of the best animated films of all time and the top of my Pixar list due to superb animation, voice casting, and a top notch script. (Side note to Brad Bird: Please come up with a story idea you like and do the sequel. NOW!)

2. Monsters, Inc.: Hilarious, full of heart without being schmaltzy, a completely original setting. Works on every level and like all of the top Pixar films is infinitely re-watchable. I'm very happy they're doing a prequel to this one.

3. Up: Great characters, fun story, and heart -- the magical mixture that Pixar seems to be the best at doing (notable exception: Dreamworks' Kung Fu Panda -- so good I have to keep reminding myself it's not a Pixar project).

So there you have it. How does my Pixar list compare to yours?

Friday, September 2, 2011

They're Here!

The proof copies for Dragonfriend just arrived and I have to say they look pretty darned cool! There are already a few things I'll probably adjust  -- trim size, paper color and such. The font might be a bit small, by about a point, too. This is the kind of stuff that you need actual proof copies for -- to see what the book will physically look like so you can fix potential problem areas. Copies now go out to my proofers (real word?) who will act as my final line of defense against grammatical errors, typos, and idiotic plot blunders.

This day has been a long time coming so please allow me to geek out on myself for a brief moment (deep breath)...THIS IS SO AWESOME!