I was not aware of this, and I’m a book reviewer… although not regularly on Amazon.
Here are some things I have done this weekend that might be relevant to your interests:
Submitted “Aubade”, “Bittersweet Symphony”, and “Dreaming of Suzanne”, bringing my number of stories out in the wild to 12.
Finished writing a new piece of science fiction and submitted it to the crit group I belong to. Or, if you want to get technical, to which I belong.
Recorded — but have not yet edited — a performance for Starship Sofa.
All of this information, by the way, is available on my twitter, for consumption in small, easy-to-read chunks. Just saying.
I’m terrible at titles. If a story doesn’t have a title when I start writing it, I can sometimes sit there for hours trying to figure one out. Sometimes I’m lucky — “Greener” had its title almost immediately, as did “Aubade”. “My Pillow” is a story about the main character’s pillow; in “Dreaming of Suzanne”, the main character dreams of Suzanne. Simple enough.
But then there are those days when a title escapes me. I couldn’t think of anything funny for “Section 3A”, so I named the story after something discussed in it. It’s a humor story, so I wanted something amusing. “Belief” was a nightmare — it started life as “I For One Welcome Our New Robot Overlords”, but as I wrote it, the story changed so much that that didn’t make sense; while I sold it as “Belief”, I’m still not thrilled with the title. And when I wrote what eventually became “Amid the Steep Sky’s Commotion”, I spent almost two hours finding the perfect Shelley quote for the title (because the airship is named Ozymandias, which is from a Shelley poem) — I eventually found the title in Ode to the West Wind.
And then there are those stories where I’m completely at a loss and I have to find a good song title.
I learned something this past week from the editor of Asimov’s: there is no fair use when it comes to song lyrics. Well, the story I sold them is called “Bring on the Rain”, which is the title of a Jo Dee Messina song (which I’ve never heard; I’m not really into country music). I was looking for songs about rain, and I thought the title fit. Then I ended the story with the lyric “Tomorrow’s another day / and I’m thirsty anyway / so bring on the rain.”
The lyric is gone now. I’m fine with that; it’s not necessary.
Well, as I said in the afterword of 27 Jennifers, when I heard the song I knew that would be the title and the topic of the story. I didn’t know how, but I knew there would be 27 Jennifers, 16 Jenns, 10 Jennies, and one more woman (“her”). It actually worked out really well, and I ended the story with this lyric:
You might be the one that I’ve been seeking for
You might be the strange delightful
You might be the girly who shall end all girls
It makes sense when you read the story.
Well, unfortunately I’m about to e-mail the Dunesteef and suggest they take the lyric off the site, because as I said there’s no fair use for song lyrics. Which, in my opinion, kind of sucks. I mean, I’m pretty sure Mike Doughty is a cool enough guy not to sue people because they like his music, but given the RIAA’s penchant for lawsuits… better safe.
So that’s the lyric that used to be on the story. Now you know why.
Here are various and sundry useful links you might enjoy:
Here’s the generic “about me” text I provide when I’m having something published. It changes slightly from time to time, but this covers most of it.
Josh Roseman (not the trombonist; the other one) lives in Georgia (the state, not the country). His writing has appeared in Asimov’s, Fusion Fragment, Port Iris, Big Pulp, and in audio form on the Drabblecast and Dunesteef, where he won the 2009 Broken Mirror Story Contest. He is a reviewer for Escape Pod; a writer for MedZilla; and a performer whose voice has been heard on the Hugo-winning StarShipSofa, the Parsec-winning Pseudopod, and the Parsec-nominated Dunesteef. He also has more than ten years of assorted news, features, and sports writing experience. When not writing, he mostly complains about the fact that he’s not writing.
And now, a photo:
Why did I switch from my minimalist website to a Tumblr blog?
First of all, updating it is much easier. I can update from anywhere that has internet, and since I have a smartphone with tethering enabled, everywhere has internet.
Secondly, while there are a lot of CMSes out there, I’ve found Tumblr to be the fastest when it comes to posting content. I do wish I could fully install it on my site, a la Wordpress, but them’s the breaks.
Third, Tumblr is exceptionally simple. Seriously, if you haven’t tried it, I strongly recommend doing so.
Now you know.