Now on WordPress

I’ve set up a Wordpress blog account today.

I’ve set up a WordPress blog account today and copied my own blog posts here. So all posts prior to this one are copies of those found on my own website. I’ve matched the dates as well. I’ll maintain the blog both here and there for a bit, but soon will post in one place and feed it to the other.

FML Submitted

Today I triple-checked my manuscript of Full Moon Lament…

Today I triple-checked my manuscript of Full Moon Lament for any spelling, grammer or punctuation mistakes, then added the cover page, and stuck them into a manilla envelope along with a SASE and note. Went to the Post Office and mailed my first submission off to Fantasy & Science Fiction magazine. Here’s hoping the editor is as pleased with it as the writing group.

Tea-length Dresses and Cubicle-length Sleeves

Attended the monthly writing group meeting at the library. One member shared her editor’s copious notes.

Attended the monthly writing group meeting at the library. One member shared her editor’s copious notes. The remarks were thorough and helpful and I look forward to using this editor one day. Another member is using her now and promises to share next time. He has already emailed us a copy of the complete novel — a nautical adventure set in the 1870s. We had only been reviewing his work piecemeal and often out of order, so it will be great to see the whole novel.

My short piece, “Full Moon Lament,” was reviewed again. My revisions improved the work and they encouraged me to go look for a publisher. I’ll be spending this week, at least, looking for short story publications to submit to. I suppose the story can be summarized as a tongue-in-cheek twist on the werewolf tale.

Hopefully I can report good news here!

Writing Show: From Page to Stage and Screen

Since I had missed the last Writing Show, I made sure to come to this one, especially since it will be on hiatus next month, returning in August.

Before I get to the main event, I’ll mention that I renewed my membership with James River Writers , and was rewarded with a mug (pictured below). Also, during intermission I spoke with Steve from Fountain Books who manned the bookstand at the back of the auditorium. He sold me on purchasing the novel Let the Right One In, written by John Lindqvist (now a motion picture written by John Lindqvist). Though very dark and disturbing, Steve enjoyed it thoroughly. What interested me was that it involves a vampire and I’m ever on the lookout for quality vampire novels since I’m writing my own. Among the scores I’ve read over the years, only a few have been enjoyable for me. The last two I’ve read were The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova and Fledgling by Octavia Butler. They were excellent and hopefully Let the Right One In will make a positive trend. I’ve put it at the top of my reading list.

James River Writers mug.
James River Writers mug.

Since I had missed the last Writing Show, I made sure to come to this one, especially since it will be on hiatus next month, returning in August. Given the topic — stage and screen writing — I didn’t expect to be as interested as I was. Typical of these monthly events, the speakers were first rate. The panelists included the bearded storyteller Clay Chapman, writer/director Bryan Doerris and screenwriter Megan Holley (Sunshine Cleaning), with Michael Cordell moderating (his debut in this capacity, I think).

More so than previous Shows, the panelists really engaged each other in conversation, countering, underscoring or querying what another panelist just said. At one point, Mr. Doerris lamented America’s waning love of theater. He cited that less than nine percent of Americans attended a play last year, though they have a hearty appetite for cinema.

At this point, it occurred to me perhaps a reason for why people prefer movies over plays. Movies are effortless. They explain it all to you. There isn’t much left to the imagination. In theater, all that’s needed are the actors and the audience (Mr. Chapman’s point). Stage performers engage the audience, thus each performance is unique. With little scenery and props, if any at all, the actors speak, gesture, direct their eyes, move about the stage in ways that can make the audience believe they’re in a pub or on the moon. Their minds fill in what’s unheard and unseen. Much like books.