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Was lucky enough to host Joe Lansdale around town the last couple of days. Great guy, amazing writer, living legend, walking icon, Texas institution, bonified stuperstar, and all around nice guy. Anyway, below, four pics of his reading. Click on that little flash/arrow button-player thingamawhatever, too, and bam, listen to him read and discuss and just generally entertain. There may be thirty or so seconds of cluttered silence up front, but that’s just because I have no clue how to edit an audio file. This was also my first time to ever try to navigate an iPod. And this one even had an “iTalk” latched onto it like some kind of parasite. But it all seemed to work. Oh, and yeah, that foolish guy umming his way through the intro, don’t know who he could be. Just somebody who wondered into the auditorium probably, hijacked the mike for a minute or two then stumbled off into the night, trying to intro everything else he bumped into, in hopes he would someday learn how.
That novel I started all the way back in . . . was it August? Finally tapped out those final words on it. According to my handy-dandy Word stats, it took me some 30133 minutes to do it, too. If I knew what to divide that by, or how to divide, I could figure something out. Revision number ‘525’ too. Not sure what counts as a ‘revision,’ though. Anyway, it started out as Zombie Bake-Off, and who knows, may go back there. Tonight I’m liking Z IS FOR XOMBIE, though (Xombie’s a main character — it’s a soccer mom vs WWF story, with some zombies in the mix, and set here in Lubbock too). Anyway, the epigraph, taken, like ninety percent of everything else in the world, I suspect, from Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.:
Darkscribe. You’ve got to say it with that perfect pause, like in CSNY’s “Dark Star.” And this place is just as cool. Just all kinds of goodness, and, as well as the site’s put together, I’d guess it’s going to be around a while. Anyway, today’s the drop date for it. Too, I’ve got a piece in it, here. “Dark Genre Roundtable,” the topic being remakes. And, just to go the main page, click below:
That Grasslimb with my “Code” in it is out now. Too, just got a story picked up by Doorways. Very cool place. And a couple of really short pieces, “‘Tis the Season” and “Animals I’ve Known” are up soon in Passages North, and “The Mourners” should be in Fourth River any moment here. And, while I’m just recklessly listing: still excited about “do(this)” in Asimov’s soon and “Hell on the Homefront Too” (old BJ Thomas title I nabbed) in the next Cemetery Dance and “Pistil, Stamen, Bloom” in Kaleidotrope just any second now, I hope. Also, “The Sadness of Two People Meeting in a Bar,” it’s either already in or in the next issue of Red Rock Review. As for that “The Fatherland is Rich and Varied,” I haven’t talked to Liquid Ohio (link?) in a while, so not sure what’s up. Could be the story caused them to close up shop or something. It’s happened before.