Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Better Late Than Never: Horrorku Published in TRAPEZE MAGAZINE

A little late, but better late than never, my folkloric horrorku "breathless dusk" now appears in Trapeze Magazine. With the change in editorship over at that zine, I wasn't sure if this one was going to be published at all (you never know). Well, it looks like it just took the new editor a few days to get into the swing of things.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Defining Writer

I have said repeatedly that I think the act of writing makes one a writer. Over, and over, and over again, I have said that I define writer as someone who writes. It seems that John Scalzi shares a similar view on the subject:

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Rejection #9, but Hope Remains...

My wizardly fantasy story has been rejected for the ninth time. However, hope remains that the story will be published yet; it made it to the second round at another venue. I'm still awaiting a final answer from that particular publication. It's also under consideration at yet another venue; I decided to change tactics a bit and sent it to three separate venues that are okay with simultaneous submissions.

I first sent the story out on the 4th of November, 2010. It received it's first rejection the very next day. I've been following the pattern of submission elsewhere almost immediately following rejection ever since. I'm hoping submitting it simultaneously will increase my chances of seeing the story accepted sometime soon. I know patience and perseverance are required traits in the writing world, but I'm growing a bit impatient, and more than a little frustrated. While my poetry and non-fiction continue to sell, and my art takes off, my prose fiction flounders.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Article Accepted for Publication in ABANDONED TOWERS

Looks like my "Fairy Thefts" article has been accepted for publication in the upcoming print issue of Abandoned Towers. It's a zine my stuff has appeared in before, but one that's now under new editorship. The new editor also said they would be interested in some of my illustrations. I'm interested in seeing what comes of this.

Acceptance Doesn't Always Lead to Publication

I was supposed to have a folkloric horrorku in Trapeze Magazine on the 21st. It is now the 22nd, and still no folkloric horrorku in Trapeze. I do see that the zine has had a change in editorship; a notice dated the 15th states that the editor is stepping down and handing over the reins to one of the zine's regular contributors. Since then, nothing. Even though Trapeze did post new material every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, there has been nothing but silence from the zine since the 15th.

Does this mean that my folkloric horrorku slated for publication in Trapeze Magazine on the 21st of January, as well as the one slated for publication in the same zine on the 26th of January, will now not see publication in that zine? It might be time to try to contact the zine's new editor, but they use Submittable/Submishmash to process all submissions. I don't know if I have any way of contacting the new editor. Besides, it might not even be worth it.

This could be another of those examples of acceptances not necessarily leading to publication. This sort of thing happens for many reasons, whether it be a change of editorship, or the death of a zine, or accepted material simply getting forgotten or lost. I know all too well from personal experience that an acceptance doesn't always guarantee publication. A lot can happen in the time between acceptance and publication.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Unknown Language at Inhuman Frequencies: Bigfoot, or Something Else?

Okay, so, studies in the 1970s showed that whatever made the sounds in the Berry/Morehead tapes could reach higher and lower frequencies than modern humans are capable of reaching. Analysis done on the "ah" sound in the Berry recording showed that it had a different frequency structure than the frequency structure of the same sound uttered by modern humans. The same study indicated that the sound was made by something with a vocal tract 25 centimeters long. The average man has a vocal tract 17 centimeters long. Now, a retired US Navy crypto-linguist and two time graduate of the U.S. Navy Cryptologic Voice Transcription School is claiming that whatever creatures uttered the sounds on the Berry/Morehead recordings were speaking an unknown language. Apparently, he has found indications of an unknown language being spoken in other purported Sasquatch recordings as well.

If Bigfoot doesn't exist, then something else is roaming the woods of North America uttering an unknown language at frequencies beyond the capabilities of modern humans.

Think about that for a moment.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

A Few More Thoughts on Art and Realistic Depictions of Human Figures: Figures in Action

Not every figure drawn by artists is a depiction of a figure standing still. Some are depictions of figures in motion. Think of the depictions of figures in motion as action snapshots rather than posed shots.

I've been trying to add more action to my depictions of figures. Sometimes this requires putting the figures in rather interesting poses, poses that speak of fluidity and action rather than rigidity and inaction.

Take, for instance, my "Conjuring the Dragon", which appeared on the cover of Issue 32 of OG's Speculative Fiction. The sorceress in that piece is not supposed to be standing still posing for the viewer. She is supposed to be in motion casting her spell. I actually modeled the pose of my sorceress after the pose of a cowgirl in action found in one of the "how-to" drawing books I use as a reference, Barbara Bradley's Drawing People: How to Portray the Clothed Figure.

Here is an interesting quote from that same "how-to" book:
"experienced artists often exaggerate actions simply to better communicate a gesture".

A Few Thoughts on Art and Realistic Depictions of Human Figures

As an artist, I can safely say that art is not always a realistic photographic depiction of life. For instance, in figure drawing, I usually follow the ideal canon of drawing my human figures eight heads high. However, in reality, the average human is typically seven-and-a-half heads high. Drawing humans following the real versus drawing them following the ideal often ends up with heads that look too big for the bodies. The average isn't as appealing as the ideal, even though the average is closer to reality for most human figures.

Some things are done in art to be appealing to the eye, or to attract attention, or to make a point, not to reflect reality. Art may have many reasons to depart from reality. At times, there may be artistic reasons behind such a departure from reality. At other times, there may be marketing reasons behind it. Sometimes, it may simply be a matter of what's most appealing to the eye.

Should I start drawing my human figures seven-and-a-half heads high instead of eight heads high because seven-and-a-half heads high is more realistic for the average human? I don't think so! Figures eight heads high look better to me than those seven-and-a-half heads high. Some of my early attempts at figure drawing did end up with heads too big, and they looked wrong.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Wizardly Story Made it to Second Round

There may be hope yet that my wizardly fantasy story will see publication. I received word that it has made it to the second round at a certain venue. This is certainly good news. Now, I'm hoping for a positive final answer in two to three months. Fingers crossed!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

"Shroudeater" Reprinted in THIRSTY ARE THE DAMNED

Not sure I mentioned it before, so I'll mention it now: a dark poem of mine was reprinted recently in the Rainstorm Press anthology Thirsty Are The Damned: A True Vampire Anthology (the antho was published on December 21st.) . "Shroudeater" is in there, on page 167.

Artwork on Cover of January BARDS AND SAGES QUARTERLY

My first publication for 2012, and it's a piece of art. Not only that, it's another cover.

My fantasy artwork "An Invitation to Elfame" appears on the cover of the January 2012 issue of Bards and Sages Quarterly. This artwork was the piece that was supposed to have been on the cover of the never-published Summer 2011 issue of Abandoned Towers. Thankfully, it sold again right away, and has now seen publication.

Yes, it's a piece inspired by fairy lore. The tops of fairy hills were said to rise up on red pillars, revealing the fair folk festivities beneath.

Poem Shortlisted

A dark poem of mine has been shortlisted for possible inclusion in a 2012 dark poetry anthology. I'm hoping that it gets selected for publication, especially since this is the same poem I once called my "problem child". I would love to finally find a home for this piece that may be speculative or not, depending on how you look at it.. Fingers crossed!

One Year, Two Months, Two-and-a-Half Weeks Later...

REJECTION! Yeah, that was worth the wait alright! I was wished all the best for my future writing endeavours, which is funny, considering I don't think there will be many future writing endeavours. It has become apparent to me that writing prose is a waste of my time, at least, when compared to art.

Oh well, I guess being an artist/illustrator/poet isn't so bad. I guess I had better frace the facts and drop "writer" from the list. I can keep doing art, as long as my hands hold out. Maybe I'll come back to writing in another ten or twenty years.