A few updates this morning:
- For those who haven’t heard, Sybil’s Garage will be opening to submissions for our 7th issue on January 15th. Guidelines here.
- The World-Fantasy award winning anthology Paper Cities is now only $12 for the holidays. Get it now.
- Altered Fluid, my writers group, will be appearing on Jim Freund’s Hour of the Wolf on January 16th. We will be critiquing a story by the talented writer and amateur lepidopterist Paul Berger.
- I’ve been toying with the idea of changing the trim size of Sybil’s Garage from 7″ x 8.5″ to 6″ x 9″. (The latter size is a common trade paperback size in the U.S.) For issues two through six, we used the “half-legal” size, which I shamelessly borrowed from such great zines as Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet and Electric Velocipede. But there are problems with that . Most notably, the size is not an industry standard. The printing costs are higher. Additionally, I’d like to start selling Sybil’s as a print-on-demand title. This would allow it to be sold on Amazon and through bookstores via distrubution. Previously, we only sold Sybil’s at conferences, through the Senses Five website, and at a few local bookstores. So the pluses are: cheaper printing costs and greater potential distribution. The negatives? We will no longer be old-skool “zine” sized. I’d like to hear opinions from people on this, as I’m not 100% convinced. (More like 98%).
- I saw Avatar with my girlfriend last night. We both enjoyed it. It’s a totally immersive experience. The world is rich, beautifully rendered, full of life. Pandora seems like a real place. Exotic, colorful, a complete biosphere. The plot is flawed, however. It’s chock full of stock plotlines and easy stereotypes. Many characters are no more than cardboard (how odd that in a 3d film the flattest things were the humans themselves). But the world is so vibrant and alive that I was able to overlook the plot flaws and engross myself in the planet’s wonders. I’d like to see what a good writer can do with this technology.
- Generally, it is not a good idea to be a hallucinating hipster knocking on my door at 5:30 am on a Sunday morning and claim to live in my apartment. Additionally, knocking again at 8:00 am and claiming to know me will not solidify your case.
- Have a happy holiday season.