Saturday, September 26, 2009
Upbeat Meyrink, Lowdown Roden
Seventeen years have passed since then. A few weeks ago I was mildly astonished to be asked by a Romanian publisher to write a story for a Meyrink tribute anthology, Cinnabar's Gnosis. I jumped at the chance, even though this meant temporarily abandoning work on my 500th story. My Meyrink tribute story is finished and has been accepted for the anthology. One paradoxical result of this situation is that I have completed my 501st story before my 500th. Creative accounting will now be necessary to balance the books... but at least there's a precedent for non-linearity in my evolving corpus -- a few years ago the wonderful Michael Bishop very generously wrote my 612th story, to save me the trouble.
Of course, when I say that my story has been 'accepted' it's always possible that the Romanian publisher might later 'do a Roden' and pretend he hasn't accepted it, but I doubt it. He seems a man of honour and integrity... Doing a Roden (or to Rodenize; verb) is to act in a hypocritical, nepotistic style; to scheme and bully at every opportunity. The origins of this word can be found in the behaviour of the two most devious editors I have worked with in twenty years of writing fiction. A league seems to be forming against them: I smell the beginnings of a downfall. And despite the proverb, it's the lowdown who fall the furthest...
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Gums in Rude Health
Back to the promotion of my new novel... Gums generally hold teeth; but this gum is held by a hand. The design for the cover was made on this beach, and here's a photo of it superimposed on the same beach. Blessed recursion or what? A great deal of Mister Gum was written last year in a public library when I was in dire straits financially. I had no computer of my own. I even had to rely on tins of food donated by friends and sleep on a golf course. But at least I kept my aristocratic dignity and never stooped to taking a paid job. That's the way I prefer to see it, anyway.
Other news: I'm still working on my 500th story; and still working on my Gustav Meyrink tribute story; and I'm also putting together a possible collection for a Romanian publisher. Plus there's a chance I might have found a publisher for my Tallest Stories book. An electronic version of Twisthorn Bellow should be available later this year. If all goes to plan, that is...
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Sandals With Socks
Now for writing: the first review of Mister Gum has appeared here, which proves that the book does in fact exist, though I haven't seen it yet... I believe I also have a chapbook called Madonna Park due out any day now... I might have two other chapbooks to follow that one, called respectively The Fanny Fables and Plutonian Parodies... I'm still working on my 500th story... I'm also writing a story for an anthology themed around the eccentric author Gustav Meyrink. It is set in Prague, so I have been dredging my memory for images of that truly amazing city (I haven't been there since 1992)... Naturally enough, other news will be reported as it happens.
Friday, September 04, 2009
I'm still working on my 500th story and expect to be doing so for a while yet... I have also been putting some new chapbooks together... According to the publisher of Mister Gum, the book has now been published, but I won't blog about it until I receive some copies... I have agreed to judge the BFS short story competition... I recently started a new blog devoted to flash absurdist fiction, a project that will consist of exactly 100 short tales by various writers. It is open to submissions but there's no payment involved, little status and almost no readership.
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