Sunday, February 20, 2011

The Madness of Writing

I recently cracked open a novel I began about a year ago, which stalled when another character piped up and demanded I tell her story first. Pesky character. I did write her story and now that it's out of my hands, I've returned to this tale. I wrote about 15k before I stopped; during the time in between, the characters have remained in the back of my mind, growing more and more in depth each day. Working through that 15k has been a bit like visiting an old friend. I've made a few changes here and there, to reflect what I know about the characters now and am excited to write the rest of their story.

Because I have to write it; I have no choice. I've had these folks living in my head for nearly a year. Sometimes they whisper things about themselves, sometimes they shout, and at other times they fall silent. But they are there, waiting.

As Shakespeare wrote in Hamlet, "Though this be madness, yet there is method in it" or as he penned in King Lear, "O that way madness lies".

But 'tis a happy madness, indeed.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Women in Horror Recognition Month

Did you know it was Women in Horror Recognition month? Well, now you do. I thought I'd share some links with you with respect to some of the women in horror. Visit the links below, read, and enjoy.

Melissa Helwig interviews Ellen Datlow on her site, Little Miss Zombie. After you read that interview, read her interviews with other notable women in the horror field, including Gemma Files, Kathe Koja, and others.

Jodi Lee, publisher and EiC of Belfire Press and The New Bedlam Project, had some thoughts on women in horror. She also includes links to several female authors of the dark. Take a look; you might discover a new favorite.

Nina Allen posted a great article about Joyce Carol Oates on the Black Static blog. Don't believe Joyce Carol Oates is a horror writer? Read Zombie, one of my favorite novels of all time.

I posted this as part of a comment on Ms. Lee's blog, but I'll add it here, too:

I read books based on the content of the work, not the gender of its author, but I know there are some who do judge a book by the curve, or lack thereof, of the author’s hips.

And I suspect there are people who don’t think women can write convincing horror, because we’re all sunshine and roses, don’t you know? To which I just shake my head.

If someone chooses not to read my work because of my gender, so be it. I can’t control the actions of others; I can only control my own.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The To Be Read Pile

I don't think I've done one of these posts in a while, so I thought I would. Here are the books on my current TBR pile:

The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
Brave New Worlds: Dystopian Stories edited by John Joseph Adams
Still Missing by Chevy Stevens
Numb: A Novel by Sean Ferrell
The World More Full of Weeping by Robert J. Wiersema
Force of Habit by Alice Loweecey
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
Shock Totem 3: Curious Tales of the Macabre and Twisted
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2010 edited by Paula Guran

Those should keep me busy for a week or two. So what are you reading lately?