The title song for Pilar Allessandra’s wonderful screenwriting podcast, On the Page, has the catchy chorus, “Get it out of your head, and onto the page.” Lately I’ve had to follow that advice or risk going off the rails.
Call it cabin fever from being snowed in, and without water in the house for almost three weeks; call in my warped brain. Whatever it is, I’ve woken up several mornings recently with weird after images from dreams (normal), but more significantly with weirder phrases or word groupings. Two examples: “Baby Want Perambulator” “Zebras need Zippers” and “On the Care and Maintenance of Mermaids.”
The mermaid thing turned into a 4,000 word short story, which I am shopping around. And I’ve begun a story with permabulators and zebras in it – which I feel will end up being a piece of nonesense for the trash on my iBook.
If anyone else out there has had similar experiences – or even stranger ones – do please let me know. Failing that, send the guys with the straight jackets out to catch me.
One of my New Year resolutions is to keep my blog up to date, and to tidy it up a bit also. To that end, I’ve created a new page with links to all the podcasts that feature my work. They include short stories, non fiction, and even some interviews with yours truly. It’s up there on the top menu, or simply click here to go to the new section.
As an inveterate reader my whole life, a key moment for me was discovering science fiction. Off to one side was comic books and, in particular, the Doc Savage books, by Kenneth Robeson. I devoured them like they were going out of style. So I had a complete geek-out moment when I learned that JJ. Campanella (science correspondent on the StarshipSofa podcast) had made a podcast audiobook of the first novel, The Man of Bronze. Highly recommended. Terrific narration, too.
I’ve got an interview forthcoming (sometime in November 2011) on the new podcast show, “Get Behind Me, Now Stay There”. I’ve been a listener since it launched and I’m a fan.
Bone Machines has been receiving 5 star ratings on itunes. Wonderful comments, too. Thanks so much to those who’ve rated, and posted comments.
A great review of Bone Machines on the Adventures in SciFi Publishing website.
My short story, Dr North’s Wound, is on show 176 of the StarshipSofa podcast, and an interview with me in the following week’s episode, 177. I am thrilled to be there, especially since the podcast won a coveted Hugo award in 2010.
The free podcast of my Scottish crime novel, Bone Machines, is now complete. Comments, or donations, or promos through your social networks and forums, would be very welcome.
They suffer for his art…
Bone Machines is now released as a free audio book from podiobooks.com.
“Sure to be one of the next great crime writers.” – Stornoway Gazette.
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Some writing news this week, having neglected my blog for so long. First, I have begun making a podcast of my novel, Bone Machines – it will be coming out through podiobooks.com (and various podcatchers like itunes) from 21 January 2011.
A lengthy story of mine, NUMEROMANCY has been picked up by Melange Books in the USA. It will be either an ebook or a story in a prospective anthology called WARRIORS AND WENCHES.
I’m delighted, on both counts.