Ooooooh yes, precious. Curse is finally out in the world after copy-editing struggles of truly epic proportions, the likes of which I shall not relate at this time, because you’ll probably all wind up vexed at me for not getting to the real point. Which is, of course, Curse! Likely the (from a technical standpoint) best book I have ever written, and certainly among the longest, Curse is now available in paperback from Woven Weird through the link in this image:
It’s also on Amazon and the like, of course. I hope you all enjoy it! -E.G.D.
Well, many of you know I was at all four days of Comicpalooza! this year, and I was in costume all four days. I had a good deal of fun, helped a friend sell enough stuff for her to more than break even on her trip here from Rhode Island, and I confused a great many people because the costumes I wore the first three days were not specific to any particular comic book. My favorite of the three was a remix of last year’s Ren Fest dragonrider costume. When people asked what I was supposed to be, I replied “Prepared,” but really, I was a time traveler who wasn’t entirely sure when I’d landed. “Um… anybody seen a newspaper around here?” I thought it would be fun to share:
Tada! I really enjoyed wearing this all day, largely because it was really quite comfortable, and the satchel had lots of space for comic-related schwag. Three cheers for pulling from costume storage (an age-old theatrical tradition). -E.G.D.
As I mentioned previously, I have a poem in this anthology, and I think anyone who enjoys my dark fantasy genre work will probably love everything else in here, as well:
When all else fails, use a Hamlet quote! Moving on, though, it is very nearly May, and I am pleased to announce that Trafficking in Magic/Magicking in Traffic, in which my poem “Roadseller’s Trade” is being published, is finally being released for public consumption. In May, that is. I will be posting links as soon as they exist. In honor of this event, I am scrambling to get a couple of my novels back into print because they are in very much the same ilk as the poem, and I expect anyone who enjoys the poem will enjoy the books. Sooooo, I’m up to my eyebrows in literature-I-wrote-a-long-time-ago and the glories of last minute copy editing and formatting. It’s not that I haven’t been preparing to get these back into print, it’s that I am the sort of person who will nitpick until the picks nit and the nits pick back. So, I suppose my point is that when all is said and done, I have written millions of words in my relatively short life, and I am really looking forward to some of them winding up in the hands of people who have never met me, and I am at a point where I figure it’s time to just let go and get these books out there. Stay tuned, folks! May is on the event horizon, and so are the public releases of “Roadseller’s Trade,” Kinlea Keeper, and Curse. Wooosh! -E.G.D.
Guess what’s opening next Wednesday? The truly fabulous, awesome, wonderful production of Young Frankenstein the Musical at San Jacinto College Central in Pasadena, TX! For this one, I am the music director, and I can personally guarantee that anyone who comes to this show will have a great deal of fun. The shows are Feb. 19,20,21,and 22 at 7:30 and Feb 23 at 2:30… granted, you’ll want to be there at least a half an hour early to get your tickets and get settled. The price is $15 for general admission, and I’ve been told the proceeds go to fund student scholarships. Cool, huh? A great show and for a good cause. Come on down and be prepared to laugh out loud and leave the theatre humming some truly ridiculous and awesome tunes. Woohoo! Mel Brooks + Musical = Greater Than the Sum of It’s Parts. Trust me on this. -E.G.D.
Happy holidays, everyone! Is it just me, or have these cards gotten progressively stranger over the years? This year’s card was made with a pencil, a sharpie, a piece of computer paper, a scanner, the GIMP 2.0, and a bit of digital photo collage (with some of my own images and some images from Wikimedia Commons).
It has been a down-the-rabbit-hole sort of year for me, let me tell you! I was bit by a dead shark on stage at the Johnson Space Center (yes, NASA’s “Houston”) and had to be treated for nerve damage in my right hand (don’t worry, I got better!). I performed more than 100 times for Mad Science of Houston (once on television), I was in a dinner-theatre musical at the Houston Hobby Center (right in the heart of the theatre district), I made about a billion beverages working at Starbucks and Teavana, and just in the past couple weeks I was offered adjunct positions at both San Jacinto College Central and Lone Star College Atascocita Center. My life has been absolute chaos recently, as I scramble to finish all the crazy hiring paperwork at the two colleges, write a syllabus for Intro. to Theatre, and prepare for auditions (I am slated to be the music director for San Jacinto’s production of Young Frankenstein the Musical, and I have been asked to teach the people auditioning a selection… sort of borrowing the format of a dance audition). In completely different news, Trafficking in Magic/Magicking in Traffic, an anthology in which my poem “Roadseller’s Trade” is the very first piece the reader sees, is set to be released in May, and I am determined to get Kinlea Keeper and Curse back into print before then so that people who like the poem may wander by my website and buy the books. Also, over the past month I have slowly moved to an apartment in the middle of town, though my bed, sofa, and sewing table are all still at my sister’s house until Friday, when I’ve scheduled a U-Haul rental. Aaaaaaaaaanyhow, many, many thanks to all of you who have supported my many endeavors this year (and in past years! The application I just signed at SJC was submitted to them in the winter of 2011). I couldn’t have done it without you ^_^.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all! -E.G.D.