Forward to September, 2003...
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Things have gotten busy, as I am interviewing for that elusive new day job. It may come to a head by the end of the week -- we'll see. Got an interview on Thursday, when so many of you will be at Torcon. Ask me where I'd rather be. *grin*
I'd like to draw your attention to a wonderful new parody of Traditional Fantasy (TM), in the vein of Diana Wynne Jones's THE TOUGH GUIDE TO FANTASYLAND, and a rebuttal to it, except this parody is, in the author's own words, "a new look at a host of fantasy clichés . . . from an obtuse angle." So, without much further ado, here is Jay Random's The Tour Guide’s Grimoire. Try not to be drinking any liquids when you read it. :-)
My writing is moving along rather slowly, and I am trying to not get distracted by too many projects at once, since I have a novella to finish and turn in. However my mind's in a sort of stress-whirlwind due to the severe uncertainty of my financial situation over the past several months, and the lack of focus and concentration is telling. Also, I may simply be getting old. :-) Memory lapses are common.
Oh yes, almost forgot -- last week my first original Fictionwise story went up, and is now sitting in the number one spot in the Fictionwise Humor category. So, go grab a copy, please, and make me a couple of royalty cents. *grin*
"Hell Week At Grant-Williams High"
If you love kickass high school monster mayhem, then Grant-Williams High is the place to be. In this hilarious original adventure that started it all, freshman Jimmy Ross and his senior sister Emily, together with all of their friends, fight to survive finals -- also known as Hell Week -- since all the faculty and staff turn into monsters that week, literally. Armed with their wits, Supernatural Protection kits, and plain dumb luck, the students battle vampires, werewolves, and various ghouls -- an army or evil under the command of the Principal who this year is none other than the Prince of Lies Himself. First in the "Grant-Williams High" comic horror adventure series of connected works.
Happy birthday to my mother! She is 71 today, way to go, Mom!!! :-)
The other news I didn't mention yesterday (so as not to give you all a barfy good news overload) is that the August, 2003 Issue of Chronicle just came out, and I found out, thanks to Jon Hansen who pointed it out to me, that LORDS OF RAINBOW got a really nice review there, on pages 40-43 (double review with Rosemary Edghill's VENGEANCE OF MASKS), which says, among other things:
"Nazarian's world is not a typical fantasy setting -- it's set in a world that didn't know color until the appearance of a strange new sun. Her story is filled with adventure but it also works on a much less physical level, with very strong characterization and an almost poetic feel to the prose. . . I suspect that weeks from now the images that I retain will be from Nazarian's bizarre otherworld."
First, not a word anywhere for months, and then, suddenly, when it rains reviews, it pours! :-)
Happy birthday to my friend and Wildside editor, Alan Rodgers!
Ok, today is kind of a fun thing for me, at Fictionwise. My Grant-Williams High stories are now going to be an ongoing original Fictionwise series. :-)
For those of you who enjoyed the wacky high school monster mayhem novelette of mine in the Fictionwise's first-ever original anthology
switch.blade: School's Out, "Hell Week At Grant-Williams High," guess what?
There is now a sequel, the first of several, actually. It is another standalone novelette, called "Halloween At Grant-Williams High" and it is also a brand new story, an original publication, NOT available anywhere else but at Fictionwise.
"Halloween At Grant-Williams High"
It's Halloween, and kickass high school monster mayhem is once again unleashed at Grant-Williams High. In the second adventure -- and a Fictionwise original -- Jimmy Ross is now a sophomore and he is about to get a taste of the scariest and wildest Halloween of his life. Emily has graduated and gone to college, Jimmy's best friend Theo is hanging with the bad crowd, there's a new girl in school who's the butt of everyone's jokes, and something really stinks on the Grant-Williams school premises -- stinks literally. At midnight on Halloween, Jimmy and the gang will find out exactly what it is (not curry!), and that possibly it's an evil that's even greater than Satan. Second in the "Grant-Williams High" comic horror adventure series of connected works, and sequel to "Hell Week at Grant-Williams High". [Cover image photo by Lazette Gifford. Used by permission.] First Published: 2003 Fictionwise.com
It just went up today! Weeeeee!!!!
You can see it from the front page here, or go directly to the ebook.
I personally think this one's even funnier than the original story, and it sheds new light on some of the mysteries of the weirdass school. I have tons of silly fun writing in this milieu, and hope you like it as must as I liked writing it -- enjoy!
Here is the cover image (thanks to Zette Gifford for the use of her lovely photography in the creation of the cover graphic):
Oh, and YES, there will be more stories about the goofy student gang at Grant-Williams High in the near future... definitely a story for Valentine's Day, and possibly even earlier, for the Winter Holidays.... :-))))
More good stuff to post tomorrow....
First, welcome back to online journalling, Ron Collins -- thanks to Toby Buckell for pointing it out!
Got my Fictionwise royalties on Thursday the 7th -- a much tinier check than fellow NAWer Mike Jasper's, but still, not complaining here. *grin*
Meanwhile, found out on the same day that LORDS OF RAINBOW got a mixed and thoughtful review in the October 2003 Issue of Realms of Fantasy, page 46. The reviewer, Paul Witcover, whom I respect immensely, says, among other things:
"For the most part, Nazarian's prose reflects a disciplined, attentive eye and a sensitive ear--with one exception. Every nongray color in the novel is italicised, a regrettable affectation . . . Allegories codify the mysterious; fantasies embrace it. Nazarian wants to do both. Given her talent and ambition, she may one day succeed in forging a hybrid of these two opposing modes of storytelling, but in Lords of Rainbow it is allegory that triumphs. Though the novel soars in places, the weight of imposed meaning finally pulls it down."
Short and sweet -- number one, look above and verify for yourself that Vera has gone banner-ad-insane, no thanks to Alexander Wilson's neat new link exchange for the creative types, a site called Creative Independence Net. Basically you need to be a real bohemian, aka writer, artist, publisher, actor, poet, musician, etc., to sign up. Membership is free. I jumped right to it. :-)
Number two -- I put up a new batch of pithy and wise NAWticisms. Take a look!
Just saw this funny quiz and had to take it, and here are my results:
You are a Stylemonkey! Loving language and all its
uses - sometimes for its own sake! - you thrive
on subtlety, turns of phrase, and craft.
Which SF Wavelet Movement Do You Belong to?
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In other news, was contacted by a Turkish publisher and a totally unrelated Israeli publisher about foreign rights for my work -- within the same week. How totally qool is that? *grin*
Also, am back to working on the novella, despite the impossible LA heat that can melt your brain and creativity. The air conditioning here is barely keeping up, and since all the windows in my house are old and crappy, and some don't properly close at all, the insulation is just rotten and the nice cold air escapes much sooner than it normally should.