Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The Death of a Child

we are so concerned
what's ours that we
forget what isn't;
thinking our ideals
more valuable than life.
"the greater good"
is not a law or bill of rights
it is our children and
thier ability to be whole
and not corrupted by the evils
that we should have slain.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Writing with Eyes Closed

My world is one where I can lay in grass
While at the same time be flying in the sky
Ignore the details and minutia of it all
I was meant to swim in a volcano,
Float through outer space
Become the sunlight and reflect
Off atmospheres where
Light has never been;
Become the clouds and sing
To creatures more mysterious and
Beautiful than I could ever know
Without the stars - but who I am?

Image Source: Nuke the Fridge

Kerry at Real Toads challenged us to create our own imaginary world.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

The Next Big Thing: The Zeppelin Chronicles

I was tagged by: Jon Konrath, author of Sleep Has No Master; Helle Gade, author of Silent Dreams; Amber Norrgard, author of In the Gloaming and Color of Dawn.

1) What is the working title of your next book?

The Zeppelin Chronicles.

2) Where did the idea come from for the book?

I think it came from watching historical documentaries and reading Narnia.  The YA adventure has always been appealing to me as well.  I wanted to sync the two somehow and kids stopping the Holocaust with a magic zeppelin seemed like the next logical step.

3) What genre does your book fall under?

YA sci-fi, fantasy.

4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

She’s a bit older now but I think Summer Glau could play the youngest kid.  Jesse Eisenberg could play Kip.  Emma Stone could play the narrator and oldest girl.  It might seem too much like a Zombieland reunion though.

5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

A group of three friends hijack a zeppelin to stop the Holocaust.

6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?


7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

It’s a short story but it took a few months.

8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Definitely the Chronicles of Narnia.

9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I wanted to start a series that educated kids in some way about different genocides.  There’s also something mysterious and glamorous about airships and the age of them as well.  It began and ended so swiftly.

10) What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?

There’s many historical figures such as Clark Gable, Albert Einstein and Hermann Goering included.  Also, the next adventures will take on the Trail of Tears and Sudan.

Here are the authors I’m tagging:

Natasha Head

Susie Clevenger

Derek McPhee

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

If You Were a Poem

If you were a poem
I would fall in love with you on rainy days.

If you were a poem
I would speak your words out loud
in breathless whispers to the world.

If you were a poem
I would memorize each line
Holding you inside my heart.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Become the Fold

I dogear pages of my life
wear down binding and
become the fold
above your eyes.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

What We've Become

We've given up
On law, order and good things,
Embracing anarchy in all its forms.
Justice by the sword
Or none at all.
What have we become?

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Thoughts on Raindrops

I wonder if
the raindrops think
they are a storm
or separate?

I wonder if
the raindrops cry
for one another as
they hit the ground?

I wonder if
the raindrops envy
snowflakes that
are not the same?

I wonder if
the raindrops feel
different on the ground
in puddles?

I wonder if
the raindrops know
that heat will be
the end of them?

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Drowning in the Covers

Drowning in the sea
of pillow cases
I cannot look
out from.

Wrapped around a blanket
that’s a tourniquet
keeping in my blood.

Thrashing on the covers
unmaking what was never made.

I see a light - divine, compact fluorescent.

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Epic Fantasy Saga, Shadows of the Realm, on Sale Jan 8-22!

My friend and author, Dionne Lister, is putting her fantasy novel Shadows of the Realm on sale this month for $1.99. You should really check it out if you haven't.

This is what she has to say:

Shadows of the Realm is an epic fantasy for teens and adults. Join Bronwyn and Blayke, two young realmists, and their animal companions, as they are forced to leave the only home they’ve ever known to undertake a dangerous journey towards Vellonia, city of the dragons.

The gormons are invading, slipping through the corridors between realms, and they want blood, lots of Talian blood. Will the young realmists learn enough of the Second Realm magic to prevail, or will everything they love be destroyed? The first book in The Circle of Talia series is on sale from the 8th to the 22nd of January for the bargain price of $1.99 at Smashwords and Amazon. Grab it now and escape into an original and enchanting world filled with mystery, danger, dragons and adventure.

Interview with Dionne Lister

Why are dragons the coolest creature ever? 

Isn’t it obvious?

They look awesome—cute and dangerous all at the same time, they breathe fire and they can fly.

You seem to have an interest in particularly violent deaths. Has this been a lifelong issue?

Death has been. I’ve always been afraid of dying, even at a young age (3 or 4). Even now, it is the only thing that makes me freak out—the fact that I will stop existing one day. I know I won’t know anyway but still….

I do really enjoy writing violent deaths and I have no idea why. I think I like knowing that when people read it they are going to get grossed out J. Could be my sense of humor ;).

I’ve also heard you like skiing.  How did you get into that?

I started at school when I was about 14 because they had an annual ski-trip for the students. When I left school I had a friend whose dad owned shares in a ski lodge, and we went every year and stayed in the snow for not much money. It was awesome. Alas I hardly go now that I have children, although I did manage to escape last year with a friend for a few days. It was fantastic and we had powder. Lucky me!

Dark Spaces and Shadows of the Realm are very different styles.  Is it hard transitioning from one to the other?

Not at all. Both genres write themselves and I don’t know how it happens. When I decide what I’m going to write, my brain takes over and does all the work. Maybe I’m channeling some dead authors lol.

Have your children read any of your work? 

Ah, no. Being 4 and 6, they’re a bit young. My 4 year old doesn’t even know all the letters of the alphabet by site. They did ask me to read some once, but their eyes glazed over about half way down the first page. They do love my cover though.

I’ve noticed in Dark Spaces and your short story Divine Intervention some stark social commentary.  Is it intentional or do they just turn out that way?

A bit of both I think. I don’t plan them to have to say something, but when I know who my characters are, I’m not afraid to tell it like I think it is. I do think stories with a deeper meaning are desirable and it is part of an author’s responsibility to point out what’s wrong in the world so maybe it can be discussed and changed, but I don’t see myself as some lecturer on ethics or social justice. My main aim when I write my short stories is to create suspense and intense feelings and social issues tend to do that.

What stories have inspired you the most?

I’ve recently read some very good literary works that have inspired me to write better—I may never reach the skill of those writers, but I will always try. Recent inspiring works I’ve read, hmm. The Fig Tree by Arnold Zable was an autobiography/biography which had not only beauty of language, but life stories I could relate to, and The Hours by Michael Cunningham which had the most poetic observations of the minutiae of life.

I love the magic in Shadows of the Realm.  It’s such an original perspective.  How did you come up with it?

I tried to be original because even though genre has expected norms, I didn’t want it to be a total cliché. I let my imagination do the work and also tried to be logical about what was and wasn’t possible or believable. I made sure I had well-defined boundaries.

What got you into editing?  You’re very good at it.

I kind of fell into it (as usually happens in my life). I love reading, and I love correcting grammatical and punctuation mistakes (yes, I know that’s anal) and while doing my creative writing degree, I’ve learnt how to look at the structure of a story and how to make it better. I love helping authors improve their work, while at the same time improve their future work because they’re learning as they go. I enjoy the process and find I have a passion for it and hopefully an empathy with what the author is trying to achieve. It’s worked out well because I’m able to stay close to what I love, and that’s books and writing.

Do you and Amber ever get really angry with each other or is the screaming on Tweep Nation all in good fun?

He, he wouldn’t you like to know ;). I have to leave something unsaid, don’t I. I’ve heard it’s better to be a little mysterious.

Thanks so much for interviewing me, Ben, I’ve really enjoyed answering the questions. And happy 2013 to you and all the readers of your blog!