As do I. The Yamada novel progresses, not as quickly as I’d like, but then I’m never satisfied with my progress this early in the game. This to me is the “follow the novel where you think it’s going, stop for a bit when it throws you, try to judge the new direction, and whether it actually is a new direction or a different way of going where you thought all along, then proceed and find out.” Rinse. Repeat. At some point the feints and red herrings are going to…well, not go away, but there comes a point where they no longer fool me. The time will come when I know the book, whether it wants me to or not, and it can’t shake me. Then come the burst days when the words just fall from the jetstream of me zooming past. I like those days. Takes a while to get there, though.
Regardless, I passed the 10,000 word mark last week, so I’m reasonably mollified, if not actually content. We’ll see how I do this week. Not that I’ll necessarily tell you or you’ll necessarily want to know. But it’s on. It is so on.
In the meantime, and if anyone’s interested, SFSignal.com has published an interview with me conducted by Kristin Centorcelli. She asked some good questions, mostly about the Yamada series and where all that came from, and if I ran on a little, well, the questions made me do it. You can read the whole thing here.
Everyone who publishes short fiction knows that we have to write a lot of bios. Some just repeat, but every so often they have to be updated. The first few are fun. “Talk about the glory of ME? Sure!” But somewhere around the 40th or 50th you realize “OMG, I’m even boring myself!”
The work’s never boring to me, and I hope to (almost) no one else, but talking about me? That gets old quick. I totally understand the impulse to just make s*%t up (“Richard Parks’ hobbies include breeding racing slugs and teaching Tai-Chi to polar bears.” You get the idea). Interviews, on the other hand, are a bit different. Especially when the people conducting them have done a little homework and ask interesting questions. I’ve written a lot of bios in my time but I’ve done very few interviews for obvious reasons. So it was a bit disconcerting when, over the space of a week, I wound up doing three: one general and one story-specific interview for LightSpeed and another for SFSignal.com. Mercifully short ones in both case, and I’ll put a link up for anyone who cares once they’re online. One of those for LightSpeed will be in conjunction with a reprint of “The Man Who Carved Skulls,” probably in the May issue. They asked such good questions that even I, the sole living authority on that story, had to really think about it.
Sure, it’s flattering and all when someone pays attention to us as writers, but what really floats our little boats is when someone pays attention to the work. Otherwise, we’re just talking to ourselves.
There will be another (and possibly one more, but this is all for now) giveaway of Yamada Monogatari: Demon Hunter, this time at SFSignal. Follow the link for the official rules, but it’s not complicated. You don’t even have to answer any questions, other than whether you’d prefer hardcopy or ebook. You have a choice! It can’t be much simpler than that. SFSignal will also be runing an interview of me at some point in the near future, so watch this space. Unless you already follow SFSignal–and why wouldn’t you?–in which case you’ll see it there no matter what I say or don’t say here.
Ugh. Spent all day Sunday doing taxes. Well, almost all day. From about 9:30AM until 6PM. And then had a glitch with the state forms which had to be redone. Even with good tax software, it was a trial. Nothing like self-employment income for two members of the household and Federal and State forms with different rules to complicated an already ridiculously complicated ritual. And frankly, my brain doesn’t work anymore. I’m hoping it manages to reboot soon, because I’ve got books to write.