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My Big Fat LJFail

  • Oct. 3rd, 2012 at 2:43 AM

I come before you having committed LJFail.  Last night after the SFWA Reception in Manhattan (great time, if a bit too short), one of my good friends gave me some friendly prodding, pointing out that I had become lax with my LiveJournal updates, and that I really needed to get back on the horse.  The gist of this friendly lecture was, "Dude, you have readers there!  Give them something to read!"

He is right.  I have committed LJFail, for I have practically left this blog to wither and die.  Every so often I would think to myself that I needed to get back to blogging a bit more on LJ, but I never did.  But I really should.  And now I will.  

My posting volume pretty much took a nosedive with the (final) cancellation of RoF (with a brief weekly flurry for my weekly write-ups of HBO's GoT episodes).   That really isn't a coincidence, as most of what I blogged about around these parts involved the magazine.  As it's almost been a year since RoF's closure, news concerning the mag is sparse indeed these days.  I do want to finish up that retrospective series I was working on, but I haven't reread an issue of RoF since the closure--been too busy with other projects.  Perhaps I'll dive back in next month, when we hit the one-year anniversary of RoF's passing.

Regardless, there is other stuff I can talk about.  I imagine I'll keep things mostly genre-related, but I'll leave myself the option to branch out when the mood strikes me.  I suspect I still won't be posting as much as I did in my heyday, but I will try to post with at least some semblance of regularity again.  I'm also not sure how long my posts will be, but the most important thing is that I start posting again.  

Yes?  

Yes.

So I feel like I should say SOMETHING besides what amounts to "Uh, I haven't been posting but I'm gonna start again."  So why don't I tell you what's going on with me!  Well, it's been almost two months since I passed my first novel along to my first readers.  I've heard back from one reader so far, received a fairly positive response, with awesome suggestions how to fix the problem areas. It was the sort of critique that leaves you energized as opposed to discouraged.  I love that.  I have two stories still awaiting publication in Weird Tales (yes, I have chosen to keep my stories in WT following the recent controversy, and no, I'm not much interested in talking about it--I've had my fill of talking about that particular controversy and can't imagine anything productive resulting from discussing it further.  I'm sorry if you disagree with my decision, and that's really all I have to say on the matter going forward).  A few days back I finished what might be the strangest story I've ever written.  I've changed the title a number of times before finally settling (for now) on "Two Halves Are More Than Whole."  In fact, it's so strange (to me) that I need to set it aside for a while.  It's a sword & sorcery tale, one that both embraces the conventions of classic pulps and also spits in their face.  And I think it's because I do both that it's going to take me a while to get a handle on this story.  But if it ends up working, I'm excited about this one.  

I'm currently brushing up another piece that I hope to send out soon, and then I plan to dive into another sword & sorcery piece, one for an anthology I was invited to contribute to (but I probably shouldn't say more about the project than that at this juncture).  I'm hoping that by the time I finish this next piece, most of the critiques for my novel will have trickled in.

I'm also currently researching the next novel, which will take place in the universe of "Feelings of the Flesh"--my first published story, which appeared in Interzone about five years ago.  The amount of research I need to do for this novel as opposed to the last one is staggering, and I do my best not to think about it too much, because otherwise I'll become a gibbering mess.  I just keep telling myself that with each new book I finish reading, I'm getting closer to starting the actual writing.  I think/hope I'll be able to start writing it before the middle of next year, but I don't know how much before.  But I'm very excited to tackle another novel, this time armed with the knowledge that I wrote a novel already, which means I can absolutely write another one.

And finally, I have news!  No, I mean like NEWS news.  Only I can't share it with you just yet.  It's *sekrit project* news.  But I think I'll be able to share soon, because I'm finally at the point where I can admit to there being a *sekrit project* of some sort.  It will be awesome when I tell you though, that I promise you (and no, no, NO, Realms of Fantasy is not coming back again!!!)

And finally a big old thanks to Matt London for making me confront my LJFail.  Thanks, Matt!  You're the man!

And I think that's enough for now.  I will try to get back to you sooner than two months from now!!

 

 

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