A token update; I’ve fallen slightly behind on the fiction front due to producing 10k of exciting academic material. I really should have sat down and mapped out where I am sending three of my stories to, but a slight (and by slight I mean rather major) hangover destroyed all drive today. So, instead of a ego-centric ‘Look at me’ update I present you the review of Mr. Iain M. Bank’s as yet unreleased forthcoming book, lifted straight off Amazon.
“In what can only be described as a book. Banks returns to his, by now familiar, trick of using the glyphs known as letters and punctation to describe scenes, events and characters. With words, scentences, paragraphs and even, on occasions, chapters Iain tells what one might call a story. This book should be treated with caution and under no circumstances should the reader attempt to read it out loud without breathing in at least as often as they breath out.”
Â Â Â Â Â Reviewer: MR JOHN F W RICHARDS from Doncaster, S. Yorks United Kingdom
I wrote a rather pretentious rant a few weeks back, all about the terrors, travails and virtues of the writing life.
Â Â Â Â Â It was wank. Wank wank wank.
So I’m rather pleased that I didn’t end up posting it for all to see, although perhaps I should give you some edited and context-less highlights, for the sake of our children (well, his children…)
Â Â Â Â Â Actually, no. I’d far rather you read this. Not mine, but so much of what is good in the world isn’t.
“People often relate their dreams to me, as if amazed that they are capable, even in that sub-lucid realm, of conceiving of such nonsensical, even non sequitur, images. The wonder, or empowerment, I hear in their voices is of the creatorâ€žcut loose from inhibitions: stimulating themselves. They marvel at their sleeping mindÃs ability to not make sense, and then proceed as if it did. They seem surprised that they can open up reality and tinker with it, maybe even that they are permitted to.”
Â Â Â Â Â Jeff Paris, ‘New Genre’, Volume I, Number III, Summer 2002
Yet another of my flights of fancy is about to see print… ‘Shout outs’ to ‘Macabre’, a new ‘zine coming out of New Zealand’s own Canterburym for deciding to take ‘Sport of Kings’ for their first issue.
Â Â Â Â Â And I’m sure that I reported this here before, but obviously I’ve managed to delete the post somehow… Anyway, ‘Black Petals’ are printing ‘Sloughing of the Skin’ sometime in September.
Â Â Â Â Â Up-ness looking a-go-go.