from old blog
It’s official. As of today, I am a published author.
I’m taking a couple of days off from Margot D. to catch up, marathon-style, on a feature-length screenplay that I’ve been writing. In my script, I’ve got a small but vital character who sometimes appears as a mysterious disembodied voice. Near the end, it will be revealed that this character is actually someone we have met before who had been silent at the time. I need to call the disembodied voice something in the script before the big reveal but I don’t want to give away a plot twist. That said, I’d rather not have to change the name in the dialogue once “we” learn who it really is.
Just got back from the Calgary Expo http://www.calgaryexpo.com/ where I met Richard Taylor and Eliza Dushku and briefly saw Sylvester Mccoy. For part of the Expo I babysat a tiny friend of mine and introduced him to various superheros. He was suitably impressed. I mostly went to a lot of panels. The spouse and friends presented a panel on gaming and a guy I know interviewed John Carpenter, which was fantastic.
While we’re on the subject, when people ask what I write I say that I mostly write horror. It’s true, though The Adventures of Margot D is more of a quirky coming-of-age tall tale. Part of my reason for doing this serial story is as an exercise, to keep fresh so that I’m not writing the same type of thing over and over again.
Shameless self-promotion: I do have a horror short story that’ll be in print in an anthology on May 14 http://www.stormmoonpress.com/books/Queer-Fear.aspx The title is Reading Arteries (the description on the linked page is pretty far from accurate while still covering the basic ideas) Erotic horror is not my usual sub-genre, either, although the sci-fi elements in this story certainly are.
Here’s a question: do you readers think I should steer The Adventures of Margot D into more of a horror direction, even temporarily, or should I keep the tone the way it is? So far, readers have named characters and places in the story. You can have a say in the genre too!
I’m on a break at my day job while my charge’s brain defrags (aka naptime) Two days ago I got my new writerly business cards. We loves them, precious. The background image looks like something from Contact, or the later Treks. The slogan under my name reads “On time, on topic, on demand.” Love it.
Here’s the catch: I probably had an opportunity to hand out a card or two yesterday and it completely slipped my mind. I’m not used to having them. I hardly gave out my previous (and hopelessly out of date by years) business cards, since they were all slightly embarrassing. These ones, however, look like I do stuff that people pay me to do.
If you know me and you’re reading this blog and you plan to see me in the next little while, please ask for my card. I need to get used to handing them out, and if my contact info is in your phone and you lose your phone, the card could come in handy.
If you think you might hire a freelance writer for anything (a script for your radio ad, articles to pad out your news letter, emails to loved ones on your behalf so they know you really care…) please take my card. Even if you never call me, it will make your bulletin board, or wherever you put people’s business cards, look colourful and chic. That’s my office interior design tip of the day.