Sunday, February 1, 2009

February Already?

Crap, I was just getting used to January. Now it's gone.

Last month held more writing than submitting for me, and definitely more rejecting than accepting.

Wrote a big chunk of D1 of Mojave, which currently sits in the experienced critical hands of Mari Adkins.

I took a week off of Mojave to knock out a couple of short stories and polish one that was rejected; by ten minutes before midnight last night (in between voyeur sessions of peering out the window watching my neighbor get dragged away for drunk driving by six patrol cars chock full-o Vegas' finest), I submitted a new story, Oilrag, and a redux of Filtered White Light, both to different semi-pro literary mags. My second new story may never see the light of day, unless I work it over for a flash market...just no ending for it yet. Tonight, back on Mojave after dinner.

50 Books in 2009: I finished the audiobook for American Gods, started Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury, decided I was too impatient for Faulkner this month (I am commited to trying again, but I feel like my reading time is so limited right now that if I have to put that much work into understanding a book, I need to devote one big block of time to it), and put it aside to read Straub's Ghost Story, which I am enjoying very much.

And I'm 0 and 1 for the year, with five in the field.

Slashdot, the geek temple of the world, has an article today on the death of Realms of Fantasy, and Fantasy and Science Fiction moving from monthly to quarterly. I don't recall if either announcement is new information, but, keeping mind that Slashdot has millions of readers, many (or most) of whom are intellegent and literate and enjoy various forms of genre fiction: if you sub to scifi or fantasy markets, it may be of use to browse through the 183 comments to see if there is anything in that little impromptu focus group for you. Keep in mind, it is Slashdot, and, as such, the comments are a handful of insightful comments surrounded by offtopic musings and troll shit.


Aaron Polson said...

Here's to February: may it be a fine month. "A Rose for Emily" is about all the Faulkner I can stand, so I salute you for giving him a try.

Robert said...

I thought F&SF was going bi-monthly. Huh.

And Ghost Story is a great book. Hope you enjoy it.

Barry Napier said...

Faulkner DOES take patience. I took me 5 attempts to get through "As I Lay Dying"

Rob Brooks said...

I don't care for Straub's newer stuff, but Ghost Story is one awesome book. I'll still give most of his stuff a try, at least, because of that book.

Jeremy D Brooks said...

Robert: my bad, you're's bi-monthly, not quarterly.

brady said...

Ah, the joys of ridiculous neighbors. I was once drawn to the window by the sound of a woman screaming. What I saw--a small, screaming woman lying at the feet of an enormous dude--inspired me to call 911 post haste. Upon returning to the window, I realized that I'd completely misread the situation: in fact, she was utterly blotto, and he was just trying to usher her into her apartment building.

When the cops arrived, I had to explain my mistake. It was...embarrassing.

I whole-heartedly recommend The Sound & The Fury. The Benji section is pretty burly, but once you get past that, it becomes easier. And totally worth it.

Ghost Story's great too. I just read that last year. No idea why, but I avoided Peter Straub for a long time.

Anonymous said...

What, doesn't everybody carry around barbed wire and perfume?

I lived in Seattle for four years, and I loved it. I'd go back in a heartbeat. Sunburn ain't my thang.

I'll have to send you some markets that you might be interested in.