June 1st, 2014 by Darin
Despite what many of us in the SF/F field have known for many months, I guess I still thought it would be a while before I’d make this post, but I learned today that Jay Lake–prolific, hilarious, helpful, creative dynamo–has passed away.
In 2006, I sold my first short story Jay and Deb Layne for Polyphony 6. It was my introduction into the SF/F field, and very literally the beginning of my professional writing career.
And then in 2007, I and two other of my nobody friends decided to start a weird e-zine, Farrago’s Wainscot. We had no money, no notoriety, and nothing but our desire for quality fiction. I reached out to Jay, and he immediately and enthusiastically gave us “Bird of Leaves” for free. And his participation in our endeavor created a snowball effect. Before long, many others we looked up to and admired agreed to send us material, and our do-nothing little ‘zine went on for a wonderful three years, largely (directly) due to that initial generosity.
I’ve never forgotten that kindness. The Wainscot went on to create professional connections for me that played a large role in the sale of my first novel. There is a direct line of causality between what I’m doing now and what Jay did 7-8 years ago.
And then recently, during a brush with cancer of my own, Jay offered support and encouragement, even as his terminal illness took its darkest, final turns.
He was a kind man and a good human. There weren’t many brighter lights you could orient by, both professionally and personally, than Jay. There still aren’t.
As reported at Jay’s website, “if you’d like to make a contribution in Jay’s name, please make it to
Clayton Memorial Medical Fund
P.O. Box 5703
Portland, Oregon 97228″
Ad astra, sir.
March 13th, 2014 by Darin
Now that the proper authorities have all been informed, I’m very happy to announce that I’ve accepted a full-time position as an editor at Resurrection House. I’ll be helping out with the usual: acquisitions, editing, production, marketing–you name it. Having done varieties of these jobs for different independent presses and journals over the years, I’m happy to finally bundle them all under one job description. Indeed–my dream job description.
Mark, the publisher, and I are long-time friends, and we’ve collaborated on a number of zany projects down in the creative trenches. I’ve been so thrilled by my own reception as a novelist at Resurrection House, that when the opportunity arose to revisit that experience upon other writers, I just couldn’t say no.
I’ve enjoyed my time in the video game world at id Software, and I’ll certainly miss my friends there. I’m know, however, that they’ll continue the good fight without me. I can’t wait for the rest of you to see what’s forthcoming from the studio.
Now, ad astra!
July 11th, 2013 by Darin
Here’s a gem that I’ve been holding onto for a long time. If you enjoyed Noise, you might enjoy this magical realist look at a resource-based religion engineering a dark, exploitative, and uncomfortably familiar society…
July 20th, 2012 by Darin
Martin Cizmar, Eagle Scout, has returned his medal to the B.S.A. in protest over discriminatory practices toward homosexuality.
Update: So has Kelsey Timmerman.
April 24th, 2012 by Darin
For all those Noise fans who particularly loved the radio, broadcast, and narrow-band TV business, Boing Boing has a great link to indigenous Mayan communities using pirate radio.
February 1st, 2012 by Darin
Now that it’s official, I can let you know that I’ve accepted a position as the full-time writer for id software—the revolutionary outfit behind classics like Doom, Quake, Wolfenstein, and others.
December 20th, 2011 by Darin
You can read the story for free, courtesy of EV.
September 14th, 2011 by Darin
In February of this year, I had the privilege of being interviewed at 1670 AM, an independent, underground AM radio station here in Denton. The experience was fascinating and entertaining, if not a bit drunken—as all such interviews should be I think. I am finally able to share the full thing with you, wherein I discuss Noise, the apocalypse, and writerly identity. The entire thing is about an hour and ten minutes long, and there are a few f-bombs, so you may not want to play it at full volume at work, but therein lies anything you might ever have wanted to know about the novel, Denton/Slade, and how I write.
September 6th, 2011 by Darin
Via Technology Review.