Wednesday, January 30, 2013

A New Year, A New Direction

Well, 2013 is well underway. My writing projects have stalled at various points of development and I have become involved in other projects as well.

As of the first of January, I retired as editor at parABnormal Digest. In the two years since its inception, PD has become one of the best paranormal magazines in the market, providing quality fiction and non-fiction for the entertainment and education of the community. I am proud to have been part of its birth and nuturing and honored to have been able to work with Terrie Leigh Relf and Tyree Campbell to bring PD to the public. I didn't simply walk away from the magazine, however. I helped sign on talent for the next year. Congratulations to all the writers and artists, past and present, who have been and will be part of parABnormal Digest.

I am slowly insinuating myself into the New Pulp community. One of the fascinations I have always entertained is pulp fiction. Until I met Tommy Hancock of Pro Se Press, I never realized that the majority of my fiction was in actuality "pulp". I was delighted to have my short story "Kelly's Beast" featured in PSP's Pro Se Presents #13 and hope to have more appear in the pages of their publications in the near future.

I was overjoyed to hear of the reemergence of Amazing Stories magazine. After its demise in the 1990s, there were a couple of abortive attempts to resurrect it as a print magazine. This time Steve Davidson is going the digital route, making it principally an online effort. I think that probably has a better chance at success. I wish him the best of luck.

I have also signed on with NovoPulp, a small group of ambitious writers and editors who are attempting to form a community to produce an anthology online. As the digital sphere is quickly overtaking the printed, it seems only reasonable to at least explore this possibility. Although in many ways I am still a literary dinosaur, I am willing to at least try to learn. However, I still feel that older heads such as myself are needed to hold the leash on the animal that could outrun our ability to be successful in the market.

People may be fascinated by the new, but they still find the familiar more comfortable. New things are tolerated in small amounts. The familiar can be consumed in mass quantity.

I will be headed to Mysticon in Roanoke, VA, the end of February, so the next post may be a little delayed. I hope to get it done before Midsouthcon. Meanwhile, enjoy this book trailer for my latest release from Seventh Star Press.

Off to the notebooks and, now, also to the workboards. Til the next time, stay low and keep your powder dry.