Posts Tagged ‘Tower of Power’

(Hell if I know, but I’ve been listening to a lot of old Tower of Power lately.  I used to play bass in a band that covered some of their tunes and if you’ve ever listened to Francis Rocco Prestia’s bass playing you’ll know that that’s a tough row to hoe.  Check out the unrelenting sixteenth note line in What is Hip and the lovely fills he drops in.  You’ve got to funkatize!!)

Jesus, I suck at keeping this damn blog updated.  My home wireless connection is down, and I got all my shit on my laptop, and I can take it out on the patio or wherever my little happy place happens to be at that moment.  I find it hard to write in our little office because a wife will stop by to chat, or the kid will come in and while I let him read quite a bit of my stuff, I occasionally touch on a subject that may not be suitable for an 11-year-old (Mommy, why does Daddy know so much about sex with a rotting corpse?) so that’s a bit inhibiting to my creative juiceflowage.  As an added bonus, the cat tends to jump up in my lap while I’m typing, or else pinch off a massive feline loaf in the catbox, just a few feet away from my nose, forcing me to take remedial action, followed by a thorough handwashing.  (I should be grateful that she doesn’t just plant a steamer right on the keyboard to get my full attention.)

But anyway…

Writing, writing… took a short break from “Smoked” last week and have taken to rebuilding a Cthulhu-ish story I wrote a couple of years ago.  Have now beaten it into a first draft, so I may let it ferment for a couple of days and go back to Smoked… or not.

Received a rejection on “El Dorado” from Strange Horizons.  That’s the story that won the Honorable Mention in the Chizine contest a few months back.  Wasn’t all that surprised, as Strange Horizons is more of a scifi than a horror market.  Didn’t make to the editor, the assistant said “you have an interesting setting and some unusual characters, but I think there were too many POVs and too much going on for me to really get pulled in.”

Get some ritalin, will ya?  Actually, I can understand why he would say that.  It’s a fast-paced story that shifts between two povs.  It does flip between the two more rapidly as it builds to the final climax.  Don’t think I want to change it much at this point.  It’s also subbed elsewhere, so we’ll see.

What else?  Oh, looks like my mother-in-law will be spending 4-5 months of the year here.  She’s 84, not doing so good living by herself, and being around the kid (and out of the frozen north) will be good for her.

No, I am NOT going to be reading her any stories.