Haven’t had a fashion post in a while so here’s my Thanksgiving outfit :).
Feeling very blessed today, I hope you’re all having a happy Thanksgiving!
Haven’t had a fashion post in a while so here’s my Thanksgiving outfit :).
Feeling very blessed today, I hope you’re all having a happy Thanksgiving!
Two big pieces of news! First, I am so honored and excited to report that my poem, “WereMoonMother,” is one of Mythic Delirium’s featured poems for November! This means that you can now read it for free on the Mythic Delirium website. I am particularly proud of this piece so please do check it out if you can – I promise it is delightfully bizarre ;).
Secondly, my paper proposal was accepted for The 35th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts! I’ll be presenting a piece called “Circumnavigating a Subversive Otherworld: Catherynne M. Valente’s Fairyland as Folkloric Liminal Space” and I’m really excited about it :).
A Few Cool Things I’ve Come Across Recently:
* Speaking of CMV, she just did a great “Ask Me Anything” on Reddit!
* The French Oral Narrative Corpus is quite nice!
* I absolutely *love* this retelling of “Little Red Riding Hood”! It’s called “Redden” and it’s a comic by Maya Kern.
The wind is absolutely howling outside my window while I read The Sorrows of Satan by Marie Corelli. This is appropriate I suppose?
x. I have to start with this “On the Fastrack” comic because it’s so great :).
x. Beyond the Pillars: An Anthology of Pagan Fantasy has just been released from Bibliotheca Alexandrina Press and features a poem of mine previously published in Eternal Haunted Summer called “Diana Remembers Actaeon” – it looks fantastic and I can’t wait to read it!
x. The Huntington Library in California has a fantastic exhibition going on right now called “Illuminated Palaces: Extra-Illustrated Books from the Huntington Library.” It features all kinds of books that have been “grangerized” or “turned [...] into extraordinary “illuminated palaces” — repositories for original art, prints and engravings, maps, autograph letters, and the excised pages of other, more famous books” (quotation from the webpage!)
I personally *love* this practice and think it’s fascinating. Check out the book in the picture above – it has a “Beauty and the Beast” illustration! I have a very small collection of these book/scrapbooks that I’ve gotten from various places (one my Dad found in a collection of stamps he purchased and I bought a fairy tale themed one off of eBay a while ago) and I hope one day to be able to scan them and put them online. I wish so much I could see this exhibition but luckily there are lots of cool things about it to explore online!
x. As you may have noticed, the blog has a new/old look! It’s similar to the one I had a while ago but with much less complicated (and less likely to get screwed up) code. I felt like it was time for a change and I like it! A bit more gothic and mystical and swirly (which are all always good things.)
I was so productive yesterday, it was amazing! I hope I can replicate that energy today… there are still, of course, about a million things to do. However – my room is now crazy clean, everything is washed – clothes, towels, and sheets, everything is filed, AND I got a bunch of school reading done. Gold stars all around. Here’s to today being even better!
A small collection of lovely things for you to peruse this morning…
x. Mythic Delirium 0.2 has been released and is available for purchase here! It contains my poem “WereMoonMother,” a piece I am especially proud of. I’ll make an exclusive post about this when my poem is featured for free on the website in November but I highly recommend purchasing the whole issue if you can, it’s incredible :).
x. The Public Domain Review’s Pinterest is absolutely awesome. So many cool pictures to check out!
x. Karen Russell, one of my all time favorite writers, was recently awarded a MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Fellowship! I love the video interview with her they have.
x. An absolutely gorgeous post on fox lore by Terri Windling :). I feel that the fox is one of my spirit animals (not to mention I just love them) and this post is wonderful. It made me go back and look at one of my favorite pieces I’ve ever written, “Kitsune, Fox,” a short story published in the sadly now gone Jabberwocky Magazine in 2011.
x. I love this video by Mary Epworth -
I just discovered her work and it’s really, really great. Also, ah, I want her outfits, especially that fantastic black dress!!
Hope you’re all having a good Thursday so far!
Great news to share! I just found out that the lovely Larissa Nash, the editor of the consistently beautiful Rose Red Review, nominated my poem “Loveless (I Am the Snow Queen)” from their 4th issue for the 2013 Best of the Net Anthology!
I am so very honored – congratulations to the rest of the nominees and please check out RRR! It’s a wonderful online journal that deserves way more attention :).
I woke up this morning and wrote, which I haven’t been able to do for a long time. I shouldn’t have done it, probably, there are many more pressing things that have to get done, but I’m so glad I did. I wish I could hang on to this feeling and write every day, regardless of what else has been going on.
I’ve been collecting inspiration writing quotations for quite a while now so I thought now might be a good time to finally share… these are quotations that inspire me in my own writing, maybe they will speak to you somehow too :).
“… a writer is very like a witch. With her cat, making magic with words. And maybe changing the world, just a little.” – Theodora Goss
“It’s magic – it’s not about magic, it’s not like magic: It IS magic. It’s real magic. […] Incantations, spells, ceremonies, rituals – what are they? They’re poems. So, what’s a poet? He’s a shaman, that’s what he is. A fucking good poem is a weapon. Not like a pop gun. It’s like a bomb. A bloody big bomb.” – Ted Hughes
“I believe that Magic is Art and Art, whether it be music, writing, sculpture or any other, is literally magic. Art, like any magic, the science of manipulating symbols, words or images, to achieve changes in consciousness… Indeed to cast a spell is simply to manipulate words, to change people’s consciousness, and this is why I believe that an artist or a writer is the closest thing in the contemporary world to a Shaman.” – Alan Moore
“Poetry is the journal of the sea animal living on land, wanting to fly in the air. Poetry is a search for syllables to shoot at the barriers of the unknown and the unknowable. Poetry is a phantom script telling how rainbows are made and why they go away.” – Carl Sandburg
“We write to heighten our own awareness of life. We write to lure and enchant and console others. We write to serenade our lovers. We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospection. We write, like Proust, to render all of it eternal, and to persuade ourselves that it is eternal. We write to be able to transcend our life, to reach beyond it. We write to teach ourselves to speak with others, to record the journey into the labyrinth. We write to expand our world when we feel strangled, or constricted, or lonely . . . When I don’t write, I feel my world shrinking. I feel I am in prison. I feel I lose my fire and my color. It should be a necessity, as the sea needs to heave, and I call it breathing.” – Anais Nin
“Sometimes when I was starting a new story and I could not get it going, I would sit in front of the fire and squeeze the peel of the little oranges into the edge of the flame and watch the sputter of blue that they made. I would stand and look out over the roofs of Paris and think, “Do not worry. You have always written before and you will write now. All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.” So finally I would write one true sentence, and then go on from there. It was easy then because there was always one true sentence that I knew or had seen or had heard someone say. If I started to write elaborately, or like someone introducing or presenting something, I found that I could cut that scrollwork or ornament out and throw it away and start with the first true simple declarative sentence I had written.” – Ernest Hemingway
“So long as I have questions to which there are no answers, I shall go on writing.” – Clarice Lispector
“It’s all things mythic, fantastic, supernatural, as well as “the real” that combine in such a way that I feel represents the universe/world best for me, personally. Every time I begin writing a story that seems mostly realistic, at some point it takes a turn into one or more of these other modes of seeing and thinking, and I think it’s because “the real” is not enough to encompass all that I see and want to articulate in my writing. There is a writer named Michelle Richmond who blurbed my second book, and when I saw what she wrote about it, I felt she had expressed my mode of writing more succinctly than I have been able to so far, so I’ll quote her here: “Christopher Barzak spins the familiar yarn of the everyday world into a magical universe.” It’s the familiar encompassed by a much bigger and magical universe that does indeed attract me as a way of seeing and writing.” -Christopher Barzak
“One of the biggest, and possibly the biggest, obstacle to becoming a writer — I’ve said this from a slightly different angle in another answer — is learning to live with the fact that the wonderful story in your head is infinitely better, truer, more moving, more fascinating, more perceptive, than anything you’re going to manage to get down on paper. (And if you ever think otherwise, then you’ve turned into an arrogant self-satisfied prat, and should look for another job or another avocation or another weekend activity.) So you have to learn to live with the fact that you’re never going to write well enough. Of course that’s what keeps you trying — trying as hard as you can — which is a good thing. As I started off saying, writing takes practice.” – Robin McKinley
“Fantasy is not antirational, but pararational; not realistic but surrealistic, a heightening of reality. In Freud’s terminology, it employs primary not secondary process thinking. It employs archetypes which, as Jung warned us, are dangerous things. Fantasy is nearer to poetry, to mysticism, and to insanity that naturalistic fiction is. It is a wilderness, and those who go there should not feel too safe.” – Ursula Le Guin
“A book is made from a tree. It is an assemblage of flat, flexible parts (still called “leaves”) imprinted with dark pigmented squiggles. One glance at it and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, the author is speaking, clearly and silently, inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people, citizens of distant epochs, who never knew one another. Books break the shackles of time, proof that humans can work magic.” – Carl Sagan
“[Poetry] was a form of incantation, a means of welding the world inside his head to the one that surrounded him, words the fiery chain that bound it all together.” – From Radiant Days by Elizabeth Hand
“I have tried to write stories that go into the underworld of myth and bring out life and fire — where the old world looked at a woman alone and immortal and said: she must long to die, I have tried to say: look at her live!” – Catherynne M. Valente
“Who are you, reader, reading my poems an hundred years hence? I cannot send you one single flower from this wealth of the spring, one single streak of gold from yonder clouds. Open your doors and look abroad. From your blossoming garden gather fragrant memories of the vanished flowers of an hundred years before. In the joy of your heart may you feel the living joy that sang one spring morning, sending its glad voice across an hundred years.” – Rabindranath Tagore
“[My characters are] conglomerations of past and present stages of civilization, bits from books and newspapers, scraps of humanity, rags and tatters of fine clothing, patched together as is the human soul” – August Strindberg
“Artistically, [success] means getting as much truth and fondness for life as I can into a story without becoming sentimental — making a beautiful weird little life-evoking machine out of words.” – George Saunders
“… I thought I wouldn’t write a _poem_, but just write what I wanted to without fear, let my imagination go, open secrecy, and scribble magic lines from my real mind…” – Allen Ginsberg
“Now I see at last, Kostya, that in our kind of work, whether we’re writers or actors, the important thing is not fame, or glory, not what I used to dream about, but learning how to endure. I must bear my cross, and have faith. If I have faith, it doesn’t hurt so much, and when I think of my calling I’m not afraid of life.” – Nina in “The Seagull” by Anton Chekhov
As you can see, I’m especially fond of equating writing with working magic because that’s precisely how I see it. I’d love to know what quotations have inspired you?
Hello all! I have two new publications to announce :).
The first is that my poem, “Alice Underground,” has been published by Niteblade! It was also chosen as the inspiration for both the cover and the title of the issue, which is just… amazing. So so cool. The cover is so good too, so much delight!!
I am so honored that both of these pieces found such excellent homes. They are both a little bit of a departure for me in various ways and I’m excited at how my poetry seems to be developing. Please check out both issues and support these fantastic magazines if you can!
A few summer updates!
* My poem, “The Mermaid’s Winter Song,” was also (in addition to the Rhysling Award!) nominated for the Dwarf Stars Award from the SFPA! It will appear in the 2013 anthology, which looks lovely – I am so honored :).
* My paper was accepted for presentation at the American Folklore Society‘s annual meeting this coming October – yay! I’ll be talking about the Gothic and fairylore (of course :P.)
* A quick reminder that the Mythic Delirium Kickstarter has just 7 days left to go! They’ve reached their first funding goal but are aiming for a bit more if at all possible. Please consider supporting this wonderful magazine :).
Hi all! I wanted to take a moment and share a new Kickstarter campaign that’s very close to my heart – Mythic Delirium: A Magazine of Fiction and Poetry
If you know Mythic Delirium in its previous incarnation as a print speculative poetry ‘zine you know that it’s one of the most amazing places for speculative work out there. I am so so excited that Mike Allen is expanding out to fiction and creating a new online presence and I am especially excited to mention that one of my poems, “WereMoonMother,” will be featured in the second new online issue!
Having a poem accepted by Mythic Delirium has been one of the highlights of my writing career so far and I can’t wait to see these new issues. The new version of MD is going to completely rock the speculative fiction world and deserves your support! :).
Inspired by this Vogue piece on the amazing Florence Welch’s home, I decided that my own rooms were due for a good cleaning and re-organzing. In the middle of this I realized that I had promised pictures of my space here in Ohio and had never delivered so I am doing so now! There are a bunch more pictures on my Facebook page but here is a taste :). -
Again, many more on Facebook (with commentary too!)