In grade school I read the copy of Beowulf in our school library enough to fill three checkout cards front and back. I think it amused the librarian. In high school we read bits of Beowulf in old English and my friends gave me the nickname Grendel. I'm always on the lookout for interesting takes on the story and for new translations. I can't begin to express my excitement at a new translation from a writer I admire and know. This book is at the top of my must acquire list.
I've opted to not renew my hosting plan for my websites. My day job takes all my available time and I'm not able to justify the expense at this time.
I'm keeping the domains. I'm changing them over to forwarding domains to send people to their corresponding Facebook page (hence anyone trying to go to johncklima.com will get redirected here).
Please share this with people you know who might be interested. I'm getting the Electric Velocipede page filled out and better set up this week so that I can begin forwarding people.
Who needs a whole month (NaNoWriMo)? Michael Moorcock tells you how to write a novel in three days.
It's done. NaNoWriMo finished a few weeks ago and you're done. Since you're here, I assume you were diligent enough to hit the 50K goal and 'win' NaNoWriMo this year. Your manuscript is done and you're feeling good about yourself. But then it hits you: What Do I Do Next? This is a question I hear from aspiring authors when they finish NaNoWriMo. [ 529 more words ]
If you get published, expect to work your ass off doing publicity for your book. Well, only if you want it to be successful.
Inspiration can come from anywhere. And everyone needs inspiration. Even someone as practiced at writing as Bruce Springsteen needs inspiration and it can come from unusual places.
My good friend Stephen Segal talks about Bruce Springsteen and Roman poetry.
2016 Hugo Finalists. Good stuff. Weird stuff. Bad stuff. You can decide what's what. Congrats to the people I know who made the list.
Good advice here for those of us working full time and struggling to find time and energy for creative work. "Get used to taking sips instead of gulps."
Tired? Me, too! It seems that I'm tired all the time. I've noticed a small but significant number of posts recently from people saying that they're stepping away from genre or from writing. This may be something that happens all the time but was just not something of which I was aware. But, just like when you hear a new word or an unusual name for a baby, all of a sudden you start seeing/hearing it everywhere. [ 1205 more words. ]
Twice in One Week? As discussed last week, I'm putting up two poems. Yes, poetry is happening twice this week. Getting back on track with the poetry making. OK, I said I was doing two poems last week and now it's happening this week instead. I'll get this worked out. I want to type all sorts of justifications and explanations, but what would be the point? [ 280 more words. ]
Hiatus: It Happens I didn't mean to take a hiatus. It just happened. The kids have started more extracurricular activities; my wife's job has had a number of late nights; I had been sleeping poorly. I've not mentioned it, but I use a CPAP device to sleep. My mask had gotten worn and the filter needed changing so the machine wasn't working properly. [ 444 more words. ]
The Selection is In There were two paltry votes (one of which was made by me!) to make a selection of which poem I'll revise for an end-of-the-year collection. Thank goodness they were for the same poem or I'd have to flip a coin. No matter, we'll do better next time I'm sure. Our selection was from week three, the poem about the guest taxidermist… [ 325 more words. ]