Thursday, September 23, 2010

Autumn Song

The days have been getting cooler, and driving home, I see the first hint of color. The skies have changed, too, there is different feel to the clouds, a quickening that one doesn't see in the summer. This is my time of year, and as the days shorten and the fragrance of apples and pumpkin complement the whisper of leaves, I hear Melville...

"Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people's hats off--then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can."

When I first read this opening from Melville's Moby Dick, many years ago, I remember it resonating with me. No, autumn doesn't make me crabby, but it does tend to push me toward the sea, or it rather it fills me with a sense of wanderlust. When the wind blows and the temperatures drop, I have an urge to strike out cross country, or just to move for the sake of moving. It's a primitive calling.

I'm fearless in autumn. I know when I die, it won't be in this season. While Spring may be a time of renewal for some, autumn is the season that gives me life.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

October? Must Be Time For CONCLAVE

Yes, I will be attending the upcoming Conclave. For those who may be attending, and by chance passing by this blog, I urge you to step up to me and say: "Hello, Stewart. Oh,'s twenty dollars!" Although I may urge this, I'll be just as happy if you say hello and don't give me the money. Okay, maybe not as happy.

So, what panels will I be doing this time? Well, if Charles Zaglanis is to be believed, I'll be participating in those below. If you show up, I promise a surprise. And if you come to my author's reading, I have something extra in mind., no hint. Show up.

Podcasting for Fun and Profit
11:30am Ballroom 5 Daniel J. Hogan, William Jones, Stewart Sternberg

Writing Groups, Workshops and You
3:00pm Ballroom 5 Stewart Sternberg, Charles P. Zaglanis, Christian Klaver, Christine Purcell

Author Reading: Stewart Sternberg Saturday 6:30pm Ballroom 5

Monsters of Today: Vampires, Werewolves, and Zombies 
9:30pm Ballroom 5 William Jones, Stewart Sternberg, Lois Gresh, Tim Curran
Writing Your First Novel
10:00am Ballroom 5 William Jones, Stewart Sternberg, Tyree Campbell, Lois Gresh, Tim Curran

Mercenary Wordsmiths
1:00pm Ballroom 5 William Jones, Stewart Sternberg, Lois Gresh, Tyree Campbell

Monday, September 06, 2010

Cheappucino Anyone?

Ever heard of cheappuccino? (the kind of coffee one would buy at 7/11 or McDonalds)What about geriatric bypass? (the act of denying one's actual age to give the impression of being younger) Lapflaps? (actually I would prefer the definition that came to mind when I first saw this word--that being said, the definition on record is "pieces of paper that fall out of magazines and into your lap").

Apparently the good folk at Urban Dictionary are keeping abreast of things so we won't have to and compiling lists of slang, along with definitions. I'm sorry, but I don't necessary buy that any living person uses "geriatric bypass" in a sentence. Although I will start saying Cheappucino, that's just spot on.

The site, which has been around since 1999, will send you words and definition to facebook, or twitter, or even an phone app. It's obvious meant as a bit of fun rather than a serious attempt to track changes in cultural linguistics. Give it a visit and see what HBIC might be, or what a "Stall stall" is.

Me? I plan on following on twitter. It's a chuckle. Be warned, sometimes it can be a bit risque.

Saturday, September 04, 2010

The Last Exorcism Reviewed

The first of my video reviews. I will be improving production values, I promise. Maybe makeup? Music? Maybe a wig? I will also try and do a better job finding a format where the synch between video and audio is matched better on Youtube.

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Sweet September

Apologies for my absence from here.

I hope with the new school year starting and the imposition of a schedule, that I can return to regular postings of at least twice a week. Much of my online writing has been posted elsewhere. For instance, I've been posting a good deal to Elder Signs Press. I've been encouraging others in the writing community to join me there. It's good for self-promotion and it's a wonderful networking opportunity.

I also completed a posting about vampires for The Innsmouth Free Press which should appear this month. In October I'll do another for them about Edgar Allan Poe. Hopefully, if they'll have me, I'll continue submitting to them once a month. The people there are a good deal of fun and worth reading. I also need to contribute something soon to SQT's site.

In addition to the above, I continue pounding away at the sequel to THE RAVENING ( which is available for pre-sale on Amazon and still set for a November release date). The sequel is called THE ZAGREUS SWARM. It is gelling more readily than the first novel, and I'm hoping fans will connect with it.

 Christine Purcell and I are forging ahead on our collaboration of THE BREACH, a steampunk novel. Originally we had hoped to have it ready for submission by the end of October, but we're not sure if that's realistic now. No later than spring though. When we write it we write fast. We're hoping this is the first novel of a series.

And finally, I am still struggling to get a website together. I promise it is coming soon. I am also going to be appearing at Conclave in October, and will also be traveling to The World Fantasy Convention.