Saturday, July 14, 2012

News Bits & Random Ramblings Where Neil Gaiman Keeps Butting In

If common marketing wisdom can be trusted—and who'd dare to question it—I'm a failure. I'm supposed to be blogging, twittering, and filling Facebook with outpourings of wonderful me. The problem is, I'm a grouch, and social media wakes up my antisocial tendencies. Also, unlike Neil Gaiman, I live a boring life. All the drama and action happens in my head—just the way I prefer it.

I've been writing—two-thirds through a trio of short stories about a skinny necromancer with penchant for body piercing, whose new neighbor turns out to be a (male) witch with a secret. I took a break from it to pen a short story, which I plan to put out for free.

Short stories take me a disproportionate amount of time. They require the use of a different set of writing muscles, and it can be a challenge. Some are on the opinion it's impossible to tell a satisfying story under twenty or thirty thousand words, but anyone thinking so only need to read Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman. A Study In Emerald especially blew me away. After finishing it I was saddened by the fact that I'll never be able to read it for the first time again.

Oh but I should be talking about me, not blasted Gaiman. Another short of mine, Tomfoolery has stuck to the top twenty of Amazon's freebie GLBT romance list for over three months now. I'm proud of the kid—it gets knocked off time to time, but claws its way back. Meanwhile Jo Myles' Pole Star seems firmly stuck in the #7 position. At least, I designed the cover for it.

Speaking of short shorts, and not the kind Kevin Kline wears in The Big Chill, one of mine will be appearing in an anthology by Cleis Press.

Sexy Sailors is available for pre-order, although the release date is not till November. I think. Jo Myles has a story in the collection, and I think JL Merrow too. I don't know who else, but it's edited by Neil Plakcy. It's all erotica, not romance--you've been warned.

Next up: I need to plot my third paranormal story. I think frogs will take center stage. Or maybe toads. Since Last Stop I've been writing plottier stories, and I'm still amazed every time that I manage to come up with mostly coherent scenarios. Going on a hike, away from the internet, and other distractions has proven very fruitful. Otherwise I'm a lot like Lisa Simpson in The Book Job. It's one of the best Simpson episodes in a long time, and not because that blasted Gaiman plays himself in it.

Curse you, Neil Gaiman, curse you!

PS. This is the point where I'm supposed to tag my post with Neil Gaiman, so all those innocents looking for him get lured into my web of hairy man-love. I will refrain.


  1. Congrats on being included in the anthology!

    I have Fragile Things on the shelf, but haven't read it. Actually, I have "A Study in Emerald" in ebook - Mr Gaiman was giving it away for some reason in the not-too-distant past...

    1. You must read it! It's a unique mix of Sherlock Holmes and Cthulu. I've experienced it for the first time in audiobook format--Gaiman himself was reading it. Is there anything he can't do? Damn that man.

    2. LOL! A few months ago, I went to WITS at the Fitzgerald Theater to see John Darnielle (The Mountain Goats) and Neil Gaiman. It was pretty cool. :)