A 2 part interview I had with the popular if offbeat Serious Wonder podcast. Black holes, the myths of science, the shadow people, aliens, death, transhumanism, and the future:
I wasn't sure exactly what to expect, and I must say it was one of the more unusual interviews I've had put to me. I appreciate that. It's not often that someone out of the blue asks you, "so, what do you think about the shadow people?"
And what else is new?Of course-- this (Words of Traitors) is what is taking a great deal of my attention right now, and hopefully in the months to come as we build Nyssa, a graphic novel and fundraiser out of one of the chapters in the next installment.
The story behind the conception of WoT...
I was fighting chronic pain, I had to move, I was behind on payments, I was getting death threats, royalties from past books suddenly weren’t cutting it, and I had an infection in the nerves inside my teeth that lead, the dental student explained with eerie cheerfulness, into my eye and brain.
No one in their right mind would choose THAT as the time to start churning out short stories. But sure enough that is exactly what I did. One every few days. When my laptop and desktops died or became unreliable, I started writing it on my my cellphone because my handwriting, though it’s alright for notes, is just too slow and clumsy to write fiction with. I packed my life into boxes and then unpacked them again, and in the process discovered that I had one parcel along with them: this freshly printed young manuscript, written in a month, which was (I was told a few times) bringing people to tears.
My point is: at the end of the day no one knows anything about what good literature is, not really. No accounting for taste. But I do know that I made girls cry, and that has to count for something.
Now it is the time for these stories to be polished, for them to be paired with the art of some very talented artists, for a cover to be created — and most importantly — it is time for you to join us in the steps that come next.
Still open to last minute artist/creative people jumping aboard (very, very last minute) and any linkage, pluggage, or support you can provide, financial or otherwise. This is more than just some short story collection. That promise will have to remain a "you'll understand when you get there" thing, though I've started to hint at it in some of the videos on the fundraiser site of me babbling at my videophone.
All in all, it's best I get back to work on that than talk more ABOUT it. Can I count on some of you to do whatever thing you can, tell a friend, share a dollar or a thousand, and I'll get back to what I'm best at?