One of the things I’ve been doing this year is getting back into art, since it was my first love (after paleontology, which at 7 I was convinced was my life’s calling–I mean, DINOSAURS, man!). Anyway, I now have an Etsy shop in which I sell handmade journals and books, mixed media art, and more; you can visit by clicking the image below or the “E” icon on the sidebar. I’ll be adding items frequently, so check back often!
I’ve been absent here for a while; there are reasons, and I’ll get into those in a later post. For now, have a look at the cover of my m/m novelette “The Long Change,” coming September 1 from The Wild Rose Press.
In the meantime, if you’d like to support my other creative endeavors, you can buy my artwork and handmade journals through my new Zibbet store.
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“Self-loathing is in the writer’s blood.” What? No. http://t.co/3W9SwUeEsG
— John Scalzi (@scalzi) December 17, 2013
I’m a writer and I really don’t have self-loathing in my blood, or in my liver or indeed in any other organ or part of my body (including the brain, which I suspect is ultimately the relevant organ under discussion here). As a result I am more than vaguely annoyed by the declaration above, which comes from a Salon article about “Literary Self Loathing.”
This is not to say that on more than one occasion I have not had doubts or concerns about my writing — the thing that writers do when they’re in the middle of writing a book and they think to themselves okay, honestly, I have no idea what I’m doing and that’s going to be obvious to anyone who reads this thing is something that happens to me…
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SST Publications are proud to announce the release of Tales of Obscenity #1. This exciting debut issue of our new horror & erotic horror magazine features fiction by Jennifer Loring, Angeline Hawkes, Ty Schwamberger, John Everson, Jeremy Terry, M.R. Gott, Christopher Fulbright and J.F. Gonzalez. The beautiful cover art is by David Ho and the full-colour interior artwork and story illustrations are by Luke Spooner, Alan M. Clark, Allen Koszowski, Mike Mabrey, Daniele Serra and Vince Natale. This debut issue also features a ten page, full-colour Mini Gallery from cover artist, David Ho.
The magazine is now available from Amazon US (http://www.amazon.com/Tales-Obscenity-1-Paul-Fry/dp/1909640018/ref=sr_1_11?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1366793646&sr=1-11) and will be available very soon, in print and eBook formats, from all major retailers.
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SST Publications is also proud to announce the publication of our new eNovelette Series.
We will be publishing novelettes as eBooks in the horror, erotic horror, dark thriller and dark sci-fi genres.
Our new eNovelette Series will be a little different as the bestselling titles from the series will be published as comic versions. These will be comic adaptations of the same story drawn by a comic/graphic novel artist. They will initially be released as eComics to see how well they sell.
If the eNovelettes and eComics sell well, there will be a print edition of them published in the future. Either published individually or in a collection containing a few eNovelettes/eComics that we have published in the series.
Novelettes are defined as having a word count of between 7,500 to 17,500 words. They are a great reading length as they are longer than short stories, but not too long as to be read quickly. They’re the perfect length if you’re after a nice, quick and enjoyable read to fill in a few spare minutes. Our eNovelettes will be around the 10,000 word count.
The first three titles are now available for pre-order directly from SST either individually, or together for a special discounted price.
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I am counting the days until June 30. That’s the day I graduate from grad school with a shiny MFA and begin the rest of my life. It’s been a mostly enjoyable couple of years, and I’ve learned a lot, but this term is especially labor-intensive despite having finished my thesis (still needs edits). I’m ready to move on, both from the book and from school. I suppose I wouldn’t feel this way quite so much if the process hadn’t led to the unavoidable neglecting of so many other projects. Since completing my thesis, however, I’ve taken advantage of the opportunity to finish up a novella I began over 2 years ago, and to indulge in pleasure reading again.
But there is one thing I really, really miss and haven’t been able to fit back into my schedule yet. Art. You probably know by now that I have a BA in studio art. I draw, paint, photograph, collage… While I never pursued art as a career, it has always maintained an important role in my life. (And, since getting into the craftier side of things, I’ve become a junkie for Tim Holtz’s Idea-ology stuff.) I’m taking a leave of absence from work April 8 to May 6 in order to concentrate on my final project for school, but that will be the entire focus of my life during that time–as well as allow me to regain some of the sanity I’ve lost after spending 11 or more hours a day juggling school, writing, and my day job. In the interim between the end of class on May 6 and my final residency starting June 25 (with a 3-day jaunt to World Horror Con in between), however, getting back to art will be a major priority. I’ve got two collages-to-be sitting on my worktable already! And I want to get back into making music, which I started over 10 years ago. Maybe give my stuff a proper release on Bandcamp and probably for free.
I do have some good news–I’ve sold another short story. So, as of right now, I’ll have four stories out this year, three of them in anthologies. It’s pretty exciting, and since that leaves me with very few unsold stories left, I’m excited to get back to short fiction. I think short stories will always be my first love.
What about you? What are your passions, and how do you fit them into your life?