Monday, January 24, 2011

Guy Gavriel Kay

Tonight I have come to a decision. It has little to do with this blog, but I thought you all should know about it.

I've decided who my favourite writer is. It is Guy Gavriel Kay. Now, in my small, insignificant brain, the battle for favourite had been going on between him and Charles De Lint. Both amazing writers and, for the icing on the cake, both Canadian.

I'm sure Neil Gaiman can fit in somewhere, but I've only read one of his books and I've read at least three each of the others'.

Now, what caused this sudden shift for supremacy betweek Kay and De Lint in my head, all zero of you ask? Well, since I don't mind talking to myself I'll tell you!

You see, I realized tonight that it's Kay's books that I think about more. In comparison to De Lint, I've only read three of Kay's books (I've read about 7-ish of De Lint's) and they still have me thinking about them. I finished Tigana months ago, and I still find my mind wandering to it.

Of course, now I'll probably go read another of De Lint's books be so stunned at it again.

It's my dream to be able to write as good as either of these authors. Being realistic, it's my goal to write about a quarter as good.

Anyway, I have to go do my homework. I've left it 'til the last minute again.

PS: Working on three short stories right now, just because I feel one isn't quite adequate enough. Fear not, Derek, I've got one main to finish. The other two are just back ups in case something goes horribly, irreparably wrong with the main.

PPS: Stay tuned for some changes to the blog layout next week. And by next week, I mean around February 1st and after. Maybe I'll even come up with a decent title!


Friday, January 7, 2011


Apparently my foresight is rather lacking at three in the morning. I'd forgotten that we were having someone to dinner Thursday night and that I work Friday night. Oh well. I'm sure I'll be able to plug out at least another 5k words. Right?

C'est la vie.

It has also occurred to me that I should probably Follow the blogs I lurk around and have bookmarked. Seems rude not to, especially when I'm hovering around them so much.


Thursday, January 6, 2011

Trading Stories

Derek J. Canyon's Blog on Trading Short Stories is a great idea. It's like the Girls With Guns Anthology but without the Girls With Guns theme. The intent, anyway. A bunch of short stories by a bunch of different authors so there is a sampler out there that people can download and enjoy—and then of course buy stuff from the authors in there.

Maybe someone could start up a free trade forum or something, although that probably already exists.

Normal books—print books—have samples in them, too. I had this idea where, at the end ofMeese, I’d include that short story I wrote for Girls With Guns—since it is kind of a sequel to the book. It would go between Meese and that wonderful book I have on my mind that’s the realsequel to Meese, which I will now call Meese II for simplicity’s sake. It’s a wonderful book. All in my head, of course. Just like most of Meese.

Except, of course, for...

12010 words of it!

The word count meter says I’m 17% done it now, which is nice, except this blog post isn’t about Meese at all. But how could I go one post without a shameless plug for Meese?

Please excuse me. It’s somewhere after 3am.

Go check out Derek J. Canyon’s blog. It’s better than mine. All four of you.


Resolutions and Revolutions

Why hello 2011. I was watching a Marx Brothers movie when you came in. I do seem to recall neighbours banging pots and pans to bring you in, though. When I’m spending time with Dad, festivities fall by the wayside. The closest we got was muting A Night At The Opera to listen to the banging (of pots).

I’m sorry I didn’t bring you in properly. I know. I suck.

But I’m willing to make it up to you. I propose a deal.

I know, I know. Tonnes of people make deals with new years. Resolutions, they call them. I’d call mine a promise, except—as this blog proves—I really suck at keeping promises.

A deal, then. A few, actually.

  1. I will finish, revise, rephrase, rehab, and publish Meese.

  2. I will market Meese.

  3. I will finish, revise, rephrase, rehab and publish a collection of short stories.

  4. I will market them both.

I may also do well in school, on the side. Because I shall be that amazing.

Actually, I want Meese's first draft done by Friday. A bit of a silly deadline, but one that will make me lose enough sleep to get a fiar chunk of words in. Er. Wait a sec. It's Thursday now. Make that Saturday morning. I have a driving lesson that morning. There's no way this could go wrong!

I'm currently reading 10 Days That Shook the World. That's where the "Revolutions" part of the title came from.