October 23, 2010
I’d have to disagree with the conclusion of this post, the idea being that “whatever we believe is okay.”
Not really, because that would indicate you’re right, I’m right, she’s right, he’s right, even though the beliefs can be wildly contradictory. More so, are the beliefs even true? If there’s no truth to them and/or they don’t accurately represent reality, then why believe in them? And believing in a fantasy for personal comfort or even the comfort of others can’t work, because that would mean we’re dealing in lies or “untruth.”
The question is: what is real?
I know I’ve found the answer. And thank God it isn’t religion, as religion–of whatever kind–is utterly crippling and useless.
Mine’s in Jesus, the Man, the God, the King of all things. It’s about a relationship with Him, not a set of systems or rigorous rules.
October 24, 2010
Blog: Susan K. Mann
It’s interesting that you wrote this based on your “troubled” circumstances. Indeed, it was troubled circumstances that got me writing to begin with and formed the basis for my first book, A Stranger Dead, and my second–though unpublished and for good reason–For the Cause.
To a degree, you can’t help but wonder if there’s a tie between horror and troubled lives aside from the obvious. I know I gravitated to horror in the beginning of my career because it was in darkness that I dwelt at the time and it seemed to be the only place that understood me, while everyone else around me was chirping, “Hey, you’re fine. What your feeling is too glum. Cheer up. We don’t understand your pain, but we want you to be happy anyway, so locked those feelings away and come out singing.”
Hrrrrmmm . . .
Now I’ve learned horror is more than just darkness, but instead can be used as an amazing vehicle to explore the human condition in a very raw sense, in a way that other genres can’t handle.
October 25, 2010
Blog: Ashley’s Bookshelf
Awesome, Scott. Glad you have such amazing women in your life.
God bless, my friend.
October 26, 2010
Blog: Kaitlyn in Bookland
Book signings are funny beasts, and you’re right, they’re terribly lonely.
I’ve had book signings where I’ve sold a healthy number of books. I think my worst was when I moved maybe one copy (though, perhaps, I might have had one where nothing moved at all; hard to remember as I’ve done a bunch of them).
However, I do them as a self-publisher, so for me, I get more than just a few quarters per book sold, and if I manage to sell three books an hour, and even with bookstore discount built in, I’m making a respectable wage.
To me, signings serve two purposes: a) obviously, to make money selling books. b) to advertise myself and my titles, in the hopes that getting my name seen by customers will lead to sales and readers down the road. Sometimes folks won’t buy a book until the author’s name is familiar to them. Having a signing helps with that.
I also found that where I live, Winnipeg, people are very supportive of local talent and since I always make a point to mention my books are set in my city, Winnipegers tend to pick up the books for that very reason. I’m happy for them, too, because then the locations in the book become even more alive for them because they’ve seen or been to them in real life.
Should an author do signings? I think an author should do whatever it takes to sell their book(s) and get new readers. Even if you did a local signing and sold only one copy, that’s one more reader of your work and, like the saying goes, one is better than none.
October 27, 2010
Blog: Blog with Bite
What’s my favorite monster? Um . . . Well . . . gee, I . . .
ZOMBIES! Hence the stupid amount of fiction I write about them. I’ve written four zombie novels, working on a fifth, some zombie short stories, have drawn pictures of them, sometimes feel like them (and, in the morning, usually look like them), seen all kinds of movies, read books, and even published a whole slew of them through my company, Coscom Entertainment. (http://www.coscomentertainment.com)
Yeah, zombies. Even started to geek out this past weekend at comic con because they had a zombie makeover table set up and you could get all ghouled out complete with prosthetics. Insane!
Second favorite: werewolves. I tend to look a lot like them.