Wednesday, July 29, 2009

I Really Should Be Writing

One of the worst things about writing is what to do with it when its done. If you want to share your work, you need to get it in front of people. If you want it to become widely known, then you need to get it in front of a lot of people. Now, I know there are companies that specialize in that kind of stuff, but, on a starving artists' kind of budget, who can afford them? Thousands of dollars out of my pocket for something I can do on my own with just a little bit of effort? No, thank you.

Internet advertising is almost free. Newspapers, radio, and television (except the national stuff -- they're nuts!) are very reasonable and friendly, but if you're like the thousands of other small press writers out there trying to make it on 5 cents a word, you better hope your day job is steady.

So, that's what Imagicopter is about. What with the bigger houses letting their midlist authors go, the market is suddenly a heck of a lot nastier than it used to be. Imagicopter gives us the "strength in numbers" we need to compete. And so far, it's met with passable success.

I was pleasantly surprised at how everyone we approach is ready to lend a helping hand. I like to think it's because people want to help, and those who have dedicated themselves to local fine arts councils, libraries, and bookstores, are ready to put some action behind their words. All they need is someone to organize things, bring writers and artists together, be ready to hawk the event to the public --- in other words, be the Face. Too bad I have such a mug. Now, if I looked like Matt Damon or a Baldwin or even George Clooney, I wouldn't need to work so hard. But there's no sense worrying about that. My vanity disappeared along with my hair years ago.

So, I'm left depending on sincerity and honest interest in what I do. Such a handicap...

In the "thanks for believing in my work" category, I would like to feature this time a beautiful webzine called The Harrow. Back before the turn of the century, The Harrow published a story of mine called Evidence for the Eternal. Although the publication is currently on a well-deserved hiatus after 11 1/2 years of non-stop top flight fiction, just perusing the archives can give you hours of great entertainment. I highly recommend you take a few minutes to scan the back issues. You might find some names there you recognize.

Anyway, I need to get back to the keyboard -- uh -- word processor. EMPEROR awaits.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Even More Imagicopter News and Stuff

Jennifer Mulvihill has come through with a vengeance! Imagicopter is slated to appear at the Eudora Welty Library in Jackson, MS, on October 17, 2009 at 1:00 PM. Kudos to Jennifer for her work on this, and congratulations as well for being selected as the Jackson Literary Examiner for! She has been busy (she had to be -- she was headed on a fishing trip and had to get it done fast). Thanks, Jen!

Have been working on the adaptation of Ascendant for the upcoming video from Cineline Productions and Stephen Zimmer. Need to get together with them soon. Stephen has a note about the production on his Fantastical Musings blog (one worth following, by the way).

On a personal note, my younger daughter and the two grandboys are visiting with us this week. I got to babysit the littlest one, Joey, today and he was a ball! Is it wrong to think I have the greatest grandkids in the world? If so, so what? Have a look and tell me he ain't cute as a bug -- just try it!

Well, back to working on the novel manuscripts, short stories, Imagicopter, websites, and dealing with the "real" world. No rest for the wicked!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Imagicopter Expanding and Video News!

Should I really be surprised? Imagicopter is expanding in leaps and bounds.

We now have a shop on offering hats, mugs, and buttons to promote Imagicopter. I figured it would be fun to see how that worked out. We are picking up artists as well as new writers, and events are developing all the way into 2010.

The Desoto (Mississippi) Arts Council is sponsoring an event on September 12, 2009. I wish I could take the credit for it, but credit where credit is due: M.R. Williamson took the lead on this and it was his effort that made it happen. Thanks, M.R.! And, by the way, there is talk of making this an annual event.

Late September may see Imagicopter in Jackson, Mississippi at the Central Library. Jennifer Mulvihill is currently working hard to make this happen. Look for something around the 26th of that month.

Still trying to finalize the Imagicopter presence at the gmx Convention in Nashville, Tennessee on the weekend of October 2-4. Having a little trouble connecting with the convention personnel, but there has been some movement there.

Halloween in Hot Springs, Arkansas? Looks like it. Once more, M.R. Williamson is working with the local literary authorities to bring Imagicopter there. That would be in concert with The Poets Loft and The Golden Leaves Bookstore. We are tentatively scheduled for Halloween from 5:00 PM on.

We should be back to Clinton, Mississippi in early November, if Jennifer Mulvihill has anything to say about it. Jennifer and M.R. have been absolutely invaluable to the Imagicopter effort over the last couple of months. I wish I had a dozen like them.

On the personal front, I am especially excited about the current project to produce a short promotional video for my novel Ascendant. Stephen Zimmer and Cineline Productions are currently working with me on the project and it really looks good. Still just in the preliminary (talking) stage, but looking good. Stay tuned for more as this develops.

Oh, yeah. And I've got the manuscript for Emperor, the sequel to Ascendant, nearly ready for Sam's Dot. I expect to see Tyree Campbell, my publisher, at the Imagicopter August event and be able to hand it to him then. With any luck, Emperor will be available before MidSouthCon next year.

Lots going on, and Imagicopter hasn't even left the ground yet. Hmmm... What have I gotten myself into?


To mention another venue that supported my early work, I have to thank Karen A. Romanko who, in her RavenElectrick site, featured one of my stories (Inner Enemies) several years ago. Although that publication is no longer running she does still post the archives and maintains a site entitled Raven Electrick Ink, Publisher. I support her work and recommend it to everyone. Follow her blog Raven's Rumors for her latest projects.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

BOOK REVIEW: Pragamore by M.R. Williamson

TITLE: Pragamore, A New Beginning (Book One of the Pragamore Chronicles)
AUTHOR: M.R. Williamson
PUBLISHER: Author House, 2008
ISBN 978-1-4343-3104-5 (364 pages)

In what is clearly the first of a series, M.R.Williamson introduces his readers to an England previously unsuspected, through the eyes of young Richard Alvis, inheritor of an unrealized magical aptitude that would eventually lead him away from his home and into adventures rife with enough legendary creatures and menaces to satisfy any fan of Tolkien.

Leaving his ancestral home at Whitestone, Richard goes searching for his heritage: to be joined to the dragon Pragamore. Along the way he is aided by Yenwolk, a gnome mystic of questionable background whose fairy familiars often provide surprising sidetracks to the main story.

Drawn from the pages of English folklore and cast into a fantasy environment rife with contentious Pookas, mysterious dragons, cantankerous dwarves, and mischevious fairies, Pragmore carries the reader along on an adventure that will enthrall and amuse from the first page. Williamson's writing is easy to read and has a down-home familiarity that makes the reader comfortable with the most peculiar circumstances. Two thumbs up.