Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Marilyn Manson vs. Lewis Carroll

Marilyn Manson is making a film about Lewis Carroll and Alice. I'm split down the middle: should I be terribly excited or terribly scared?

Phantasmagoria: The Visions of Lewis Carroll

There will be more Alice saturation in the form of Burton and Depp (yay!!) as well as the screen version of American McGee's Alice (oooh) - if only it can get itself out of developement hell.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The Violinist

I just finished the first draft of a short story called "The Violinist". I'm pretty happy with the rough draft, and don't think it will need much more, just some editorial tightening. Then again, I have been wrong about these things before.

I'm not sure what exactly the tale is about. It might be about science vs. faith, and how both cannot be depended upon to be either right or wrong. Perhaps that neither should be absolute moral compasses. It might also be about the identities we create for ourselves in order to come to terms with who we are. I'm not sure.

Either way, a fine way to end off 2008, writing wise. *clink*

When Someone Gets It

It's always a tiny, yet visceral thrill when a reviewer says something about something you wrote indicating that they got it.

Charles Tan, at his blogspot had this to say recently about "Outside The Box" (Spicy Slipstream Stories) --

""Outside the Box" by Lynne Jamneck... I wouldn't call it a O. Henry story but its speculative element enters the last scene and changes how you read the entire narrative. Aside from that fact, Jamneck recaptures noir detective elements, from the investigation protocol to eventually getting beaten up. This is one of those pieces that definitely fits in a slipstream anthology."

And when said story happens to be one of your own personal favourites, the compliment is like sweet-sweet-sticky-candy.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

2009 Sneaking Up...

Well, I'm back in Welly and survived Christmas! I spent five days up in Auckland with Jen's family, and though things were pretty hectic, it was a nice distraction from thinking too much about my own family being so far away. Jen's still away until the 2nd of January, so it will be a quiet New Year for me, which suits me. Particularly since everyone seems to want to get as alcoholically pulverized as possible, and drunk people have a special place of absolute annoyance in my black little heart.


I decided to not do the double major (make up your mind, dammit!), but instead finish my BA in the first trimester of 2009, then start Honors in the second. Hip Hip Hooray! Soon I will be a postgrad :) Now, as part of that, I will be doing a research paper of approx 10 000 words and I'm already thinking about topics and how I can involve H.P. Lovecraft in it. I'm such a geek. :}

And just because I linked Auckland, I shall now link Wellington, too.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Spicy Slipstream Stories Review

If you're a fan of slipstream, I urge you to check out the Spicy Slipstream Anthology edited by Jay Lake and Nick Mamatas. The story I wrote for the anthology, "Outside The Box" is still one of my favourites, and unlike other things I've penned, it just never seems to annoy me.

The Fix reviewd the anthology HERE.

I'm particularly fond of the reviewer's notion about my own story: "Oddly enough, the ending works."

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Lambda Awards - Periphery

Periphery - Erotic Lesbian Futures is among the nominees for the 2009 Lambda Awards!

Current Nominee List

Now we bite fingernails untill the shortlist is announced...

Margo Lanagan Interview And More!

For fans of YA novelist and short story writer Margo Lanagan, I recently had the pleasure of interviewing the author for Suite101. The interview is in two parts; part one links HERE, with a link at the end to part two.

Other recent articles up at the site include an interview with Arkham Tales editor Nathan Shumate, and reviews for The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, The Year's Best Science Fiction, and Necronomicon: The Best Weird Tales of H.P. Lovecraft.

All articles areaccessible through my main page, too. Includes interviews with Kat Richardson (the Greywalker series), Lilith Saintcrow (Jill Kismet books) and Marianne de Pierres (author of this year's Aurealis nominated Chaos Space for Best Novel)

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Strickland Diaries at WordPress

For those who have a WordPress blog/account, I've re-activated mine as a Strickland Diaries page with info pertaining to the first Alex Strickland book.