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SGJ from Midland, Texas (but in Boulder, Colorado, now) is reading weird fiction and horror fiction and science fiction and literary fiction and innovative fiction, or maybe a romance or a western or a magazine on bowhunting or show trucks or anthropology December 28, 2014 - 9:29am

Redd Tramp: man, near as I can tell, misdirection's the name of the game. or, setting up reader expectations and then undercutting them in a way that satisfies them more than what they were expecting would have. trick is, to honestly misidirect, you kind of have to trick yourself into believing this is the 'real' story too. however, self-delusion's one of the things I'm maybe best at . . .

voodoo_em: Ginger Snaps has held up, I think. I just rewatched it recently. still solid. and, of horror (or other) creatures I haven't done yet, mermaids/dagon are pretty high up there. I've done mummies once, in October Dreams II (not out yet), and I'm committed to doing another in January, for a mummy book. but I've never written a mermaid. soon, soon.

Daniel: man, thanks so much for reading Reptile House to your wife (and Redd Tramp, for reading it out loud to sisters etc). so, so cool. and, This Is Love: that's a recurrent terror I have, that I'm trapped in a loop. and I've had some gamey/bloody experiences at rest stops all across the west. they're just natural, I don't know, drains or something. // and, yeah, I still go to rest stops. I'll hit a rest stop long before a Starbucks, really. nothing wrong with the trees, though. I like walking back into the trees and finding bones. I'm forever coming home with bones.

 

 

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voodoo_em from England is reading All the books by Chelsea Cain! December 28, 2014 - 2:35pm

Ahh cool, I'm excited to see where you'll take the mermaid idea! I just had a mermaid horror story (All That Glitters) published in October over at Revolt Daily. It was fun to write, kind of had an American Beauty vibe to it (so I'm told) 

Thank you again for dropping by the bookclub and answering our questions. Hope you had a great Xmas and may the new year brings nothing but awesomeness to you and yours :)

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SGJ from Midland, Texas (but in Boulder, Colorado, now) is reading weird fiction and horror fiction and science fiction and literary fiction and innovative fiction, or maybe a romance or a western or a magazine on bowhunting or show trucks or anthropology December 28, 2014 - 3:26pm

[ hey, weird: I answered some of this but now it's gone. kind of sucks. will try to get back in, do some re-answering. was just in here checking what's new. evidently/still: most everything. could very well be user stupidity, too; maybe I didn't actually hit 'Post' or something. wouldn't be the first time . . . ]

 

{ oh, edit: my answering was on this p.2. carry on ]

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SGJ from Midland, Texas (but in Boulder, Colorado, now) is reading weird fiction and horror fiction and science fiction and literary fiction and innovative fiction, or maybe a romance or a western or a magazine on bowhunting or show trucks or anthropology December 28, 2014 - 3:27pm

also, just finished that novel I was writing. like, thirty minutes ago. 142K words across three months. ready to not-write now for a week or so. 

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voodoo_em from England is reading All the books by Chelsea Cain! December 29, 2014 - 12:31am

The Wrong End of the Night

Congrats!

Will you leave it to sit for a while and write something else for a bit, or go straight back to editing it after your week or so off?

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Redd Tramp from Los Angeles, CA is reading Mongrels by SGJ; Sacred and Immoral: On the Writings of Chuck Palahniuk; The History of Sexuality by Michel Foucault December 30, 2014 - 6:26pm

I have to add Solve for X to my favorites list now that I've finished the book. Creepy as hell. I love how the guy is doing it all in the name of solving unsolvable equations, and that the answers can be found through pain. Super twisted how in the end she's into it, has him cut off her eyelids so she can keep working. Ahhh, so damn good.

I'm also interested to hear how long you leave a story before going back to edit. I'm in the process of revising my first draft of what turned out to be a really long short story, and I'm kind of tearing my hair out trying to slim it down. Wondering if I need more time for it to cool off maybe.

My copy of All the Beautiful Sinners is in the mail, but it's taking forever. Driving me crazy since I have nothing else to read at the moment. 

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SGJ from Midland, Texas (but in Boulder, Colorado, now) is reading weird fiction and horror fiction and science fiction and literary fiction and innovative fiction, or maybe a romance or a western or a magazine on bowhunting or show trucks or anthropology December 31, 2014 - 1:45pm

yep, the novel that was THE WRONG END OF THE NIGHT; I went into that initial post, added stuff to it (playlists, etc). and, I meant to wait two or three weeks before getting my fingers back into it, but then, diving in to spot-fix stuff I seem only able to think of at the gym, I ended up reading the first 150 or 170 pages last night. and I think I ID'd a part that's a bit flabby, that needs tightening. which is going to mean killing a scene or two that I really like. but, I can tell that I wrote everything before that moment in more or less a single push (of a couple weeks), then took some days off traveling or something, and came back to it with a slightly different frame of mind, a different angle. one that, now, I don't appreciate as much as I did writing it. but you do what's necessary to deliver you to the next part. this is what revising's for. however, right now I'm burning through Best Americans Short Stories 2014—Egan's—and that's taking all my brain. loving it. first one of these I've actualy tolerated in a long while. I mean, not into just EVERY story. but most of them. which is rare. always glad to read TC Boyle, too (he's in there). dude moves across the page with a special kind of grace.

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SGJ from Midland, Texas (but in Boulder, Colorado, now) is reading weird fiction and horror fiction and science fiction and literary fiction and innovative fiction, or maybe a romance or a western or a magazine on bowhunting or show trucks or anthropology December 31, 2014 - 1:46pm

and, also, as this is the last day of this book club discussion, meaning I may not get space to say it later: thanks, y'all. for reading, for talking. a long time back—Richard knows, and maybe some of the rest of you—we had a discussion board called The Velvet. and some of the threads, they felt a lot like this one: just people talking books and writing &etc. There should be more places like this, I think. or, maybe wherever we all end up from time to time, we can make it into that place.

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Redd Tramp from Los Angeles, CA is reading Mongrels by SGJ; Sacred and Immoral: On the Writings of Chuck Palahniuk; The History of Sexuality by Michel Foucault January 1, 2015 - 11:01am

Aw, this is the last day? Or that was the last day. Happy New Year everybody! 

I got All the Beautiful Sinners finally, so that's what I'll be doing for awhile. I'm already enjoying the hell out of it. 

Anyways, thanks for responding to my questions. I think it's so cool to be able to pick your brain. I've never been able to ask a writer I really like questions about writing. Without being sappy—or maybe with being sappy, oh well—your insight, and in fact just reading more and more of your work, has bled into my own comfortability with writing and prose. That's what's so cool to me about this website, writers of all different levels come together to chat about the stuff that regular, non-writer people would almost never understand and keep eachother going, keep eachother going. 

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Richard from St. Louis is reading various anthologies January 1, 2015 - 9:09pm

thanks everyone for chiming in, stephen for doing such a great job answering questions and talking about everything, really, an honor to work on this collection, to publish it.

hope you enjoy ATBS Redd, drop me a note when you're done to tell me how amazing it was for you.

funny, i'm also reading BASS, but not sure if i'm loving it as much as you did. did really enjoy Boyle's piece, though i can't wait to dig into Davidson's.

happy new year everyone.

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Pete from Detroit is reading Red Dragon January 2, 2015 - 6:27am

Threads never officially close. So you guys come back whenever you want. ;)