This has been making the rounds on my friends list, and I am naught but a lemming: Steve, Don’t Eat It!, the adventures of someone who has a cavalier disregard for botulism, E. coli, and the wellbeing of his gastro-intestinal tract. Funny and somewhat disturbing. As a friendly caveat, don’t read this if you’re about to sit down to a meal. There’s a pretty high gross-out factor.
Watched Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed last night, which was appropriately fitting for the season, and surprisingly good. I liked the original Ginger Snaps when I first saw it. It was refreshing to find a different sort of werewolf movie, albeit one that was a little too happy with its symbolism concerning womanhood and growing up. The sequel, though still symbolism-happy, was darker, with an intense focus on the characters rather than the werewolf mythology, but without ever letting you forget the wolf. For a more in-depth review, read fosteronfilm‘s discussion of it.
Warning: There is some nudity on the voting pages.
Not safe for work or kiddies!
Received an information-packed letter from my Cricket editor (*waves*). First up, two stories rejected (boo) and one–”The Red String”–sold (yay!). Also, an Indian folktale I sold them last year, “The King of Rabbits and Moon Lake,” is slated for publication in April (yay!). And lastly, they’re getting pretty full up on Asian folktales (snartleblast!).
Suddenly, my four submissions with them is down to one, and I’ve just added “research and write non-Asian folktale” to my list of things to do. I wish I could find a really good Egyptian mythology resource, something that would perk up the ole muse. Maybe I should break down and write something Greek. I really love Greek Mythology, but they’ve been so done. Ponder ponder ponder.
I also fired off a query to Andy Cox who has been sitting on a story I sent him to see if he’s come up with a decision on it. If he passes, I’m thinking it might be a good fit with a YA audience and want to send it for consideration in Cicada. I keep wondering if I should withdraw it. I hate pulling something from any editor that’s bought something from me before, but my logs say that he’s had it for . . . fourteen and a half months.
“Combining elements of Sleeping Beauty and vampire tales, Ascendancy of Blood is a quick, sharply-told, gorgeously-described chapbook by up-and-coming author, Eugie Foster. Her strength here lies in the lush prose and seductive imagery that permeates the pages.”
–Michael M. Jones
New Words: 500
Went riffling through my various in-progress and brainstorming idea files and came across a fantasy tale that I started last year, put down, and promptly forgot about. Opened it up, gave it a nice shake and rattle, and I’m hoping–if I can manage to finish it–that it’ll be a good fit for that heroic fantasy anthology. Unfortunately, I’m not quite sure where I was going with it before, and while I usually scribble something down on my WIPs before I set them aside just to avoid this sort of lapse, I didn’t for this one. So now I’ve got a nice set-up, and I can’t for the life of me remember what my intentions were. I’m pretty sure I had something in mind, but I’m drawing a big ole blank. I hate it when my brain goes bye-bye. Stupid brain.