|Fresh Dirt Archives: July-September 2000
September 27th, 2000:
Sold a story yesterday to GothicNet, a revolutionary webzine that is one of the better-paying places on the Internet. Look for "Must See To Appreciate" in the November issue. A few rejections lately, all my projects are seeping along, but some new ideas are forming, like maybe for another suspense novel after I finish this current ghost-psychological novel. I'm really enjoying the screenplay I'm working on. It's really fun to build the characters mostly using dialogue. Might not make any sense to anyone else, but it gets me through the day.
I took my baby for a walk this evening, and the September air reminded me of how much fun I had writing my first (and most terrible) novel. Lately, I feel that everything I write has to meet some standard in the wider world, that it has to be worthy of a top market. That's kind of silly. Sometimes I have to be reminded that the story is everything, and that contracts and sales figures and New York reviews are all slaves to story. And so should the writer be slave to the story. Okay, keyboard, chain me, whip me.
lost to the world in the midst of researching bookstores
and reviewers, sending out postcards, and all the other
scut work of promotion. I actually enjoy that part of it
very much, and some small fruits have been born. The
Flowers book tour calendar is filling up fast.
My friend Tim Pratt sold a story to GothicNet. I can't even draw their attention enough for them to reject me, so good job for Tim. He's one of those hard-working young up-and-comers that us geezery types will soon be beating back with our bloodied canes.
The official book release party for Thank You For The Flowers is Oct. 5th, 7 PM, at the Book Warehouse in Boone, NC. Listen to my schpiel, ingest snacks donated by an area eatery, enter a contest to be a character in a Scottstory. I know everyone will fly their Lear jets in for the occasion.
What I'm reading: RUNE, a 1990 horror novel by Christopher Fowler; ROUGH DRAFT by crime-thriller writer James W. Hall; the psychological manuals CASES IN PSYCHOTHERAPY and DSM-III R CASEBOOK; Dan Simmons' late-1980's horror novel SUMMER OF NIGHT; Jay McInerney's BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY; Edgar Lee Masters' SPOON RIVER ANTHOLOGY; and nibbling on the anthologies DARK FORCES, NORTHERN HORROR, and BE AFRAID! I'm also intermittently reading Stewart O'Nan's screenplay POE, which is posted on his website at www.stewart-onan.com.
It looks like I'll have three songs on the Extremes II CD. Some people at work heard the digital files and liked them. Most of that material had an audience of one person. It's a strange feeling to shake the dust off that old work and realize that the stuff might have an emotional effect on people. I'll probably submit a couple to www.garageband.com when the CD comes out.
My story "The Meek" has been accepted for the CD-ROM anthology Extremes II. One of my original songs will also be on the CD, which is a multi-media event. Now I just have to figure out how to translate it into a digital format, since my rocknroll career was largely in the analog era.
The same week I received my copy of Northern Horror, two more anthologies showed up with my stories: Baseball Fantastic, with a reprint of "The Vampire Shortstop", and Be Afraid!, a young adult anthology with the first appearance of "In The Heart Of November." Both stories are in ...Flowers.
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