I’ll admit that I’m a person who does not like to pigeonhole. I don’t believe creative endeavors should have boundaries. My favorite music often is in the cracks. Yes, there are people who classify this same music with exactness, but if you actually listen to the music, or study it (which I have), you find that it just doesn’t fit. I don’t think imagination should be boxed in.
And yet we do need those classifications. Would you really buy music if you had zero idea what it was about? The same, of course is true in fiction. Genre is important.
As a reader, I have very eclectic tastes. I’m sure you’re surprised ;) I hate sticking to a single genre. And truthfully, I very rarely pay attention to sub-genre. I recently read a sci-fi book. After reading it, I looked at reviews and was a little surprised that every review talked about the sub-genre and how well the book did, or didn’t fit that sub-genre. Can’t you just freaking read the book for itself without pigeonholing it!? I didn’t even know that sub-genre existed, and yet people were up in arms about it. I thought it was a good book, so why argue that as a purple-western-star-bong sci-fi book the main character would never have said, “Hello”, she would have said, “Well, Howdy, fandango!”? Continue reading →
In the shadowy area where myth and history collide….
It was almost exactly four years ago that I wrote those two fateful words, “The End”, on the manuscript for the Fireborn. There have been four major drafts, six minor revisions and over a dozen proofreads/edits (by me and others) between the 23rd of August, 2013 when I wrote those words, and the 20th of August, 2017 when I released the book to the public. A lot of words written and changed!
In the shadowy area where myth and history collide…
If you have been following along, you know that Elliot thinks that the cauldron that his brother, the noted archeologist William, has dug up is the Cauldron of Resurrection from Celtic myth and is used to make the dreaded fireborn. I also stated that the fireborn are almost impossible to stop, but Elliot thinks he has the key. And what can stop the unstoppable?