And so I reach forth to summon my blog from the Beyond, where it has languished for too long in silent obscurity:
Earlier this month, the generally excellent Ellen Gregory tagged me in one of those blog things where people tag each other and stuff. I had been searching through dusty tomes of arcane lore seeking powerful knowledge with which to resurrect my blog, but the tag thing promises to be much easier.
It’s called The Next Big Thing–a vehicle in which we are to answer ten questions regarding our current writing projects, such as…
1. What is the [working] title of your book?
A Place Cold and Far.
2. Where did the idea come from for the book?
It started with “The Valley of the Spring-Daughter”, a piece I wrote for a writing competition a couple years ago. I later hatched a mad scheme to expand it as part of a collection of short stories set in the same world, which I originally intended to develop as a side-project while working on an eastern fantasy novel.
Recently I decided put the novel on the back-burner and focus on the story collection. My novel is more ambitious than the collection, and I realized it would benefit from the experience I’d gain by revising several shorter pieces before returning to it.
3. What genre does your book fall under?
4. What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
I’ve never considered this question before. I have no idea. I’m going to go with my usual solution to every potential movie scenario, from the totally-should-exist Mecha-Rapunzel vs. The Earth to my long-standing idea for a disaster film in which a chunk of Antarctica breaks off and hurtles toward the East Coast of the United States…
starring Johnny Depp
directed by Tim Burton
5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
I actually don’t have one of those that covers the entire collection, so I’ll have to pick one up the next time there’s a sale. I do have a synopsis for one of the stories, which I came up with when I first posted “The Valley of the Spring-Daughter” on my blog:
When a brutal and unnatural winter threatens his people, a lone warrior braves a forbidden valley to uncover the nature of their curse.
As part of the revision process, I’m sure I’ll come up with more, including one that covers the collection.
6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Barring any sort of unforeseen good fortune, I’m going to self-publish it.
7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
I’m still writing the first draft, although I’m most of the way through the sixth and final story. I’ve mostly been writing it during idle moments at school in a paper notebook I’ve been carrying with me the last few months.
8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I can’t think of any specific books off the top of my head, but it fits right alongside most anything inspired by Norse mythology.
9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?
In addition to the previously-mentioned Norse mythology, I’ve drawn inspiration from snowy winters, viking metal bands, Norwegian landscapes, and history, even though the stories are works of fantasy and not historical in any way.
The Wild Cards anthology series inspired the book’s structure with its use of the mosaic novel format. The individual stories in A Place Cold and Far are connected and use recurring characters to form a sort of overall narrative spanning a couple generations.
10. What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
Well, I’ve been developing my current writing projects to fit as different pieces of a fictional universe that are informed by a consistent set of metaphysics. A Place Cold and Far will be the first glimpse of that.
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Thanks for the tag, Ellen
As part of The Next Big Thing, I’m to spread the meme zombie virus-like to other writers. Most of my tribe has been infect–uhh…tagged already, but I know Judythe Morgan is available. For good measure, I also tag Sheila Pierson.
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Are you working on the Next Big Thing and haven’t been tagged yet? Tell us about it. If you’ve played already, contemplate this: if a zombie apocalypse were to break out tomorrow, what flavor of ice cream would you attempt to save?