June 3rd, 2008


A Guide to Folktales in Fragile Dialects

So, yes, I haven't posted in two weeks. I've barely gotten a chance to breathe, between Wiscon, Rio Hondo, the June Omikuji Project, and Blue Heaven (another workshop, this time closer--Kelley's Island in Lake Erie) in a few days. I have all these things I want to say, yet when I look at the screen a wave of exhaustion comes over me and I close the window.

But I must post today, and I hope this post will smash my block and lead to more.

Because A Guide to Folktales in Fragile Dialects comes out today!

This is my fifth poetry collection, and probably my last for awhile. It contains eight pieces of new short fiction as well as a mixture of old and new poems, including the Rhysling-nominated The Child Bride of the Lost City of Ubar, the second-place Rhysling winner The Eight Legs of Grandmother Spider, and the Year's Best selected The Seven Devils of Central California. All the poems in the collection are folklore-oriented, and there's even a narrative arc to the interplay of fiction and poetry.

I'm rather proud of this collection--and its beautiful art by artist Connie Toebe, who won the contest to create the cover.

An ebook edition and audiobook version are forthcoming, but for now, check out Amazon for hardback and paperback editions.

And in the spirit of the IAF auctions--a challenge. If you create a piece of jewelry (or other art) based on one of the poems or stories in this book, two things will occur: One, I'll post that poem for free on my website alongside an image of your work and link to your site. Two: With your permission, I'll post your piece for sale (to benefit you or charity, your choice) here with a short interview with you. So little attention gets paid to poems as unique objects, I'd like to see how many of the individual poems can be made into little webs of connected art. The whole book could end up online for free if y'all care to make it happen.

Poetry is a hard sell these days, I know, but do give it a try, even if you're normally allergic.

A few reviews, for your pleasure:

The Fix Online

SF Site


Thank you to everyone who made this collection happen, and who has supported and loved me during its creation. Especially justbeast, time_shark, owlswater, tithenai, and above all, norilana, my wonderful publisher.
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I just got a HUGE package in the mail from Harmonix.

You see, they got wind of My Name Is Might Have Been, and I got the world's coolest letter, which began with "So, I'm the guy who wrote Rock Band...well, one of many..."

It was not a Cease and Desist, fortunately.

It went on to say that Dan Schmidt had not only found the comic, but that he was currently reading some book called The Orphan's Tales, by utter coincidence, and that he loved both. And could not believe the chick who wrote the latter had anything to do with the former. Mwa ha ha.

A few emails from various delighted Harmonix folks later, and there is an enormous box with a new Rock Band guitar (birthday folks know mine was shit), T shirts, pins, etc sitting on my doorstep today.

I'm not sure there's a squee big enough, really. I need an icon of that little girl from Little Miss Sunshine for days like these. What do you even say when not only is your tiny, unnoticed webcomic linked on the weekly downloads forum, but the dude who made the game you play like it dispenses liquid crack when you five star a song loves your novel? Life, and the internet, is awesome.

Thank you Harmonix! You guys truly rock.
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