Monday, February 13, 2017

A new short story accepted!

The literary journal Typewriter Emergencies has accepted a new short story based on my historical novel manuscript.
It's titled "Sleeping with Wolves" and will come out in May 2017! 
Before the story's publication, I will keep my readers and visitors posted. Once published, I will make available any URLs or links. 

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Upcoming Titles I Will Blog About

Other books/pop culture media that we refer to because of current political climate - I will be creating blog posts on these and they will be short:
1. Animal Farm (on bigotry and inequality)
2. 1984 (on Tyrannical governments)
3. Watership Down (on European Fascism)
4. V for Vendetta (on people rising up/protesting against a goverment)
5. Guy Fawkes Day (to overthrow a theocracy)
When I get more ideas, I'll post them. If my readers have any ideas, and especially those who have read more titles than I'm aware of, please shoot me a line! You are free to leave comments (remember, be kind and professional) and see you next time (as Reading Rainbow says)!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

When Things Get Crazy, We Go Back To Science Fiction & Its Siblings

In this current political environment, long during the campaign, so many news correspondents, journalists, political analysts and others in the media continue to hearken to science fiction/fantasy/horror, genre media including comic books that actually predicted these events.
The Twilight Zone, which became popular in syndication, is being referenced more often. Rod Serling! We need you!

Next is references to Alan Moore's controversial but now classic comic "Watchmen". Moore is no longer writing comics and has moved on to other genres, but, the comic that turned the superhero as infallible demigod on its head is now more relevant than ever.
Oh, and Alan Moore is featured in the latest issue of World Literature Today

More blog posts on this subject. It's gonna be a bumpy ride, folks.

Friday, January 27, 2017

2016 was tough...

Right now, I'm at my hairdresser's house, typing this. The hair dryer just finished. 2016 has been a rough year and I look forward to 2017 with anticipation and trepidation.

I'm concerned, frustrated, and angered by the political climate in this country. As a creative person working in the profession, there is a real concern that the present administration will cut funding for the arts. It's what many in political circles do when they lean more towards conservatism and are not moderate or progressive.

This angers me because it will directly affect me and many other creatives (aspiring/intermediate/professional) while ricocheting to other industries tied in.

What I can do is continue my art, become more civically aware, educate others, and turn away from those who are narrow-minded, obstructionistic, and who actually believe that because they have the same rights as I, can try to take away mine because I am NOT in their group. I hate being political but when I know there are fellow citizens out there threatening my way of life (healthcare, reproductive, education, government funding, etc.) and the lives of others, I'm going to FIGHT. And FIGHT as an artist/writer/creative I will.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

"Watership Down" author, Richard Adams, dead at 96

I just learned that author Richard Adams passed away today at 96.

Lee Gambin 3/23/16
Before cable, a lot of special cartoon films and animations would be on regular TV channels. It's how I got to see a lot of these stories before they were put on VHS and later migrated to cable companies' channels. When I was about six or seven, I caught "Watership Down" one evening. With its Genesis-like 'In the beginning'-type introduction, I was immediately pulled into the very brutal story about a group of rabbits leaving their warren to journey where there would be plenty of food, space, and resources where they could breed and live in peace.

These rabbits had a society, they had culture - their oral history was expansive - and they had spiritual beliefs - the sun was Lord to them - and they had lore and legends - Elahrairah was their Adam and the one that made them fall from grace. However, he was still revered and considered responsible for giving the rabbit race their cunning, skills, and physical capabilities.

Early in the animation, it got quite violent and visceral, with Fiver, the runt of the group but also a prophet, experiencing horrific visions that compelled the small group of protagonists on their quest. One of my siblings, I am the youngest, came into the living room and asked in horror what kind of bloody cartoon was I watching. I begged them not to change the channel and for the rest of the program, my belly on the rug, twirling my feet in the air, I was enraptured.
When I learned "Watership Down" was a book, I kept in mind I would read it when I had a chance. That chance came when I was in community college and usually hung out in the English department, chatting with my Creative Writing professor and some of the other faculty that knew me. One day, while wandering in the department's lobby, I chanced on a table of books. An office worker said I could take as many as I wanted. She explained that every couple of months, faculty members will cull through their office libraries and bring their findings to the lobby for anyone popping up to take what they could. Lo, there was a copy of "Watership Down"! I immediately looked at how many pages (it's a hefty novel) and grabbed it. When I got home, I couldn't put the story down. It had, of course, more details and subplots that the film could not include. It was still as brutal but with the psychological impact of the reader's imagination. To use a cliche', it 'fired my imagination'. I had already decided I wanted to write fantasy when in high school after getting the "Death Gate" trilogy from my sister as a Xmas gift. Reading 'Watership' validated for me to continue to write in the Furry genre!

RIP Richard Adams. We will miss you but your characters, Elahrairah, the Black Rabbit of Elil, Hazel-Rah, Fiver, and Bigwig will continue to live on as will you, in our hearts. :(