Friday, January 28, 2011

Writing and writing and writing some more

So I have been working almost non-stop on my new book, Too Late to Call Texas, a suspense piece set in southern New Mexico.  I can't recall having quite so much fun writing.  It's wonderful when everything just kind of clicks and I'm writing in a style not typical for me but it seems to be working really well.  I hope people enjoy reading it as much as I've been enjoying writing it.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

A Splintered Mirage

A Splintered Mirage


Something illusory, without substance or reality.
The sticky threads that communicate the meaningless in a thousand different ways.

“The doors made me do it!”
—Ida Lupino

“He dressed up, even to a cheap wig he bought.  He’d walk about the house, sit in her chair, speak in her voice.  He tried to be his mother!  And, uh... now he is.”
—Dr. Fred Richmond

   
     In Fight Club, The Narrator’s mental state deteriorates due to insomnia; his mind forms a new personality capable of escaping the problems of his reality.  In the movie Man in Uniform, Henry Adler is an actor who’s cast as a cop in a TV show and takes his role too seriously; things come to a head when an officer mistakes him for a real cop.  In Single White Female, Ellen Besch tries to look exactly like whatever roommate she has in order to find a female companion to replace her dead twin sister.  These are decent examples of the kinds of things I’m hoping to find for A Splintered Mirage.  People having borderline personality disorders, suffering from a markedly disturbed sense of identity, or agoraphobia or schizophrenia or amnesia: things that support all activity but explain none of it, if that makes sense.
     Think Robert Bloch, Cornell Woolrich, Chuck Palahniuk, Thomas Harris, etc.  Have fun but please be smart, and shoot for originality.  Be weird and messed up.  Crime/Noir/Thrillers are my favorites.  No minimum word length with a limit of 5,000; that is, of course, not set in stone.  Also, please take note that this is a non-paying anthology.  The only payment is exposure.  If it somehow manages to make money, everyone will make money, but please don’t be expecting it in the near or distant future.
     As I am also a copy editor, I will be going through each accepted story, mostly to smooth things out, but if there is anything significant I shall run it by you first.  I may also ask for a rewrite if I think a story is almost there but could maybe be a bit stronger.  Please note that a rewrite does not guarantee acceptance.
Feel free to include a cover letter in the body of your e-mail and a bit about yourself and your publication history, if any.  This anthology is open to old pros and newcomers alike.  Send your story as a .DOC file to trentzelazny@juno.com with SUBMISSION, your story title and your name in the subject line.  I will try to get back to you as soon as I can.
     Look forward to seeing what folks come up with.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Dead Letter Office

So my friend Brian Knight and I wrote a story a while back called "The Dead Letter Office," about a guy who literally evolves into a post office.  It was being considered for Tom Monteleone's legendary Borderlands anthology series but it seems the series is having trouble getting the next one to go.  So, after oh-so-long it's been sent somewhere else.  Guess we'll see.

Brian Knight is an awesome writer and an awesome guy and it was fun working with him.  Do yourself a favor and check out some of his work.
www.brian-knight.com



Thursday, January 6, 2011

Trying to be artsy

Not my strong point, but fun nonetheless.  Couple self portraits, or something...

I need to get out more.


Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Some videos are just important

Cousin Betsy and EMDR

I'm gonna take just a moment to pitch my cousin Betsy.  We had been out of touch for years and recently got in touch on FaceBook.  Despite how different our lives are, there are also similarities.  Guess that can happen when you're connected by blood--genetically, of course, not Fulci- or Tarantino-style.  She's a very talented artist and a sweet gal.  I recommend checking out her site: http://www.grimmsituation.com/betsy/home.html

Also, I have been doing EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) for about half a year now.  In April I lost my fiance, to suicide.  It is a very difficult thing to accept and one moment from the next you don't quite know what to do or how you feel.  EMDR is a fascinating therapy that deals with both hemispheres of the brain, and is especially good for trauma but can be helpful in many areas.  It is more and more becoming recognized as a powerful form of therapy.  If you have experienced serious trauma, or are even in therapy for watching too many Woody Allen movies, I suggest EMDR, if you get a chance.  Most people I know who do or have done it have been amazed.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eye_movement_desensitization_and_reprocessing

What is a blog?

Honestly, seems to me a blog is merely a place for folks to rant without the fear of some agitated person punching them in the face.  I'm not entirely sure why I've decided, after all this time, to start one.  Maybe it's because I feel like one of the only people left on the planet who hasn't.

How often will I blog?  Good question.  As this is a new thing to me, I could love it and blog every five minutes, or this could be the one and only blog I ever do.  Personally, I think I would rather spend my writing time working on the things I actually write (books and stories and such), but you never know.  The other things I ask myself is, Will anyone actually care at all about what's going on or what I have to say?  Maybe I'll let readers--if there are any--decide that for me.