Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Frost, Heinlein, Writing Quotes

These quotes came from The Creative Screenwriting Weekly Newsletter.

"Talking is a hydrant in the yard and writing is a faucet upstairs in the house. Opening the first takes the pressure off the second."

- Robert Frost

"Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards."

- Robert Heinlein

"When once the itch of literature comes over a man, nothing can cure it but the scratching of a pen. But if you have not a pen, I suppose you must scratch any way you can."

- Samuel Lover

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Get Plugged In #8

Certainly first and foremost, The Pop Eye Blog turned five. Out of all my friends who blog, Becky is the Atlas when it comes to blogging. She does it harder, longer, faster, Kanye, and she is my only reliable source of pop culture (i.e. she doesn't float half-truths like every other pop or gossip blog does, to draw in readers).

Next, Nora O'Sullivan brings the pain and the blood, courtesy of Chicago Reader.

Richard Godwin interviews-

Needle Magazine Creator/Editor Steve Weddle.

Iraq War Vet/Author Jason Duke.

Author Paul D. Brazill a.k.a. "Paulie Decibels."

As well as a compelling and surreal conversation with Christopher Grant.

Richard writes as well, and he paints a vivid picture at Michael Solender's You're Not From Around Here, Are You...with "The Iconoclast."

Speaking of "vivid," Patti Abbott types out a Renoir-worthy portrait at Beat To A Pulp, with "At The Cafe Sabarsky."

Last but not least, if you somehow missed Paul's interview with Brit Author Alan Griffiths in Pulp Metal Magazine, here it is again, with You Would Say That, Wouldn't You?

Friday, June 11, 2010

The Premiere Issue of Dark Valentine Magazine is here!

So here it is, the day that it all comes fruition. Here is a new venue for dark fiction, a new publication that will change the way that you read magazines.

Agatha-nominated Elizabeth Zelvin kicks things off with "The Silkie." Chad Rohrbacher brings us into a robotic near future with "Furious." Sandra Seamans offers up a surreal piece of noir with "What Doesn't Kill You" and it is accompanied by an equally amazing illustration by Jane Burson.

Paul D. Brazill turns horror on its ear and gives it a Michael Madsen, with "Drunk On The Moon." "Automancer" is a tale that gives a new twist to magic, by my friend author and editor, Katherine Tomlinson. I have a story in there called "His Hands, which is a tribute to the writing style of my friend Quin Browne. I chronicle a doomed relationship that takes unforeseen tragic conclusion.

The aforementioned isn't even half of the stories that are in this issue, and the art work is truly a feast for the eyes. There is horror, fantasy, noir, science fiction and all the dark things that are under the sun...and in the shadows.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

And here it is, the Cover for The Premiere Issue of Dark Valentine Magazine

The next part of the build up and now everything will be that much clearer, with the illustration for the Cover of Dark Valentine Magazine.

Is it wrong that I fall in love with virtually every cover illustration that Joanne Renaud does? A special thanks to Joy Sillesen for the formatting and Editor Katherine Tomlinson has all the details for this missive at her blog.

Just a taste...

What do Sandra Seamans, Paul D. Brazill, Chad Rohrbacher and me, all have in common?

That's right, none of us are represented by this guy. Wait, what?

All will be revealed soon, but in the meantime? Here is a teaser. If you come back here at 10:30 AM, PST, it will make even more sense.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

The biggest Writing Quotes, ever*

The first is from Beth Mende Conny-

"Life is a book and you are its author. You detemine its plot and pace and you--only you--turn its pages."

The next ones are from The Creative Screenwriting Weekly Newsletter-

"Ink and paper are sometimes passionate lovers, oftentimes brother and sister, and occasionally mortal enemies."

- Terri Guillemets

"I learned never to empty the well of my writing, but always to stop when there was still something there in the deep part of the well, and let it refill at night from the springs that fed it."

- Ernest Hemingway

"Writing is no trouble: you just jot down ideas as they occur to you. The jotting is simplicity itself -- it is the occurring which is difficult."

- Stephen Leacock

"A writer is someone who can make a riddle out of an answer."

- Karl Krauss

"Every author in some way portrays himself in his works, even if it be against his will."

- Goethe

"I want to write books that unlock the traffic jam in everybody's head."

- John Updike

*Only because I haven't been posting them.