Time does not seem to be on my side at the moment. And I apologize because I do not have much of a post today because I am in the midst of traveling across the US. Though I am having the most amazing time of my life at the moment, my writing is suffering horrible. I have not been able to abide by Phil Giunta’s time management tips from his guest post on The Sarcastic Muse blog.
The launch of Somewhere in the Middle of Eternity went perfectly last Friday night. And it was so much more than just a perfect night. It was the most amazing experience of my life. I cannot even begin to describe how wonderful it was seeing the interest in people’s faces as they picked up the physical copy of our anthology. Seeing that was breathtaking. Also, to spend the entire weekend among writer and talking non-stop about writing. Pure heaven.
Can I also just point out my surprise in how many Sci-fi / Fantasy lovers are closet Horror junkies? I was half prepared for people to think that I should be committed for my obsession with the macabre, but it was the exact opposite. People were enamoured with my love for Horror and expressed their own love for the genre. There was even this gentleman walking around like a Reaper with the name badge of ‘Evil’. The man is a genius and I hate that I did not have enough time to talk to him more. His philosophies on the balance of good and evil are extremely insightful. Some of Evil’s thoughs will appear in a future post based off of a panel discussion in which I participated, the Villain’s Journey
Finally, as an update for Somewhere in the Middle of Eternity, for anyone who has been scouring Amazon, Smashwords, etc. for it… the anthology has unfortunately not yet been posted to any online site for purchase. Though it officially launched yesterday, apparently a publication takes a few days to appear on online retailers. The physical books should be available for purchase sometime this week. I will make another post as soon as that is available. The electronic copy may be available next week. So keep tuned in to this blog or The Sarcastic Muse for updates. My sincere apologies to anyone who spent hours on Amazon yesterday, refreshing their page every 5 minutes in a hopeless search to purchase Somewhere in the Middle of Eternity.
Susanna Reilly and Amanda Headlee at the launch of Somewhere in the Middle of Eternity (c) 2014, Evon Zundel
(c) 2014, Phil Giunta
Well, tonight is the night. Somewhere in the Middle of Eternity launches at the Shore Leave 36 convention. Words almost cannot describe how excited I am – almost. At the moment I am about to bubble over with a thrill that overshadows most events in my life. This has been the one thing that I have wanted more than anything in the world. With over 20 years of work, one of my pieces is published. All those years of labor, countless stories that have maxed out 37 flash drives, hours upon hours of editing, and an unimaginable amount of sleepless nights spent just writing has all come down to this very night.
But, oh how the learning experience has been wrought with despair. For I suffer with an affliction that causes much turmoil in my life. The affliction is perfection. The single reason which has caused the act to hoard my stories, a reason that evokes the feeling that these stories are not yet good enough. The constant thought that there are better ways to perfect the tale: better word choices, room to tighten prose, grammatical errors — these are the thoughts that continually run through my mind. Which is, of course, complete and utter bull shit. I have yet to pick up a publication that does not have at least one grammatical error or an area where the prose could be more concise.
With this single published story, I have come to realize that I need to let things go in order to become published. I just need to turn a piece over to an editor, say “Sayonara”, and allow the editor to work his or her magic. I must no longer agonize and fear perfection. As Salvador Dali once said, “Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it.”
Very true words. A story will eternally have room to improve, but perfection will never be reached. In order to allow your story to live, you must let it go.
Somewhere in the Middle of Eternity anthology, which contains my short story Parallax, will be available online from all major booksellers on August 4th.
There will be no crazy, demented, creepy post this week. The past few days have been an absolute whirl-wind with beta reads, research, and travels. Yet, I have a lot of good news to announce!
Somewhere in the Middle of Eternity is at the press as I speak and is fully prepared to launch at the Shore Leave convention on April 1st. 16 more days!
Write pals Phil Giunta and Kirsten Blacketer have a lot of short stories and novellas that will be releasing within the next few months. They have been keeping me a busy beta!
My novel-in-process is causing me a lack of sleep – from nightmares. That is my rated ‘R’ warning for severe terror and some gore. I also have a short story that I am working on for an upcoming short fiction sampler. No spoilers, so keep tuned into this blog and the Sarcastic Muse for more details that will be posting in the coming weeks.
And finally – and quite possibly the best news of the week – Robyn LaRue’s novel, Shadows Wake, launched today! Congratulations to Robyn. Shadows Wake is a coming of age story filled with twists and terror that will keep you holding your breath until the last page. Be sure to check it out!
Be prepared for next week’s post as we travel into the mind of a Horror writer…
So much to do, so little time, and winter is right around the corner! (c) jemolesky