July 24th, 2014 by Darin
July 24th, 2014 by Darin
July 17th, 2014 by Darin
I’ve got some new answers to questions about writing generally and Chimpanzee specifically up over at Goodreads. Feel free to add a question to the mix.
July 5th, 2014 by Darin
Publishers Weekly has posted a new review of Chimpanzee, calling it a “disturbingly believable near-future dystopia.”
June 26th, 2014 by Darin
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!
December 6th, 2013 by Darin