Photo Blog: August and Some September

Photo Blog: August and Some September

In June, I graduated from my Master’s program (in folklore). Traveled to the (Oregon) coast for some time by the sea and by the fire.  Then I took a thirty four hour train to San Diego, where I wrote and read stories all day, every day, for six weeks at the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop. In short, it was incredible. I’ll write about it soon.

I returned home to alpine lakes and sushi and sea monsters. Went wandering around my neighborhood early in the morning and found a mysterious display of sticks and acorns.

I had an impending show to prepare for with Felled, which meant many, many practices. Built a gong stand, did some shirt designs; collaborated with our bassist Isamu Sato for the Felled shirt. The other shirt I designed myself, for the neofolk band Wēoh.

The show was great; good line up (atmospheric black metal band With the End in Mind was on tour; Solace from Salem opened with enthralling, earthen harp music.) More recently, but still musically, I headed to Horning’s Hideout (a thirty minute drive into the woods from Portland) to go to Faerieworlds and see Wardruna. Maybe sometime later I’ll try to write up what that was like; all I can say now is that there is absolutely nothing like seeing Wardruna live. Nothing. Nothing. When I wasn’t watching Wardruna  do their soundcheck, or perform, I spent most of my time just wandering the crowds (and muddy roads) and the surrounding forest. Startled a creature that was probably a deer, but had the tail of a cougar. Found a fir cone with mushrooms growing out of it.

Returned home from Faerieworlds just today, spent morning till dusk cleaning bones, picking amaranth, unpacking. The bones will soon become instruments and jewelry.

Till next time.

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Murderous Cats & Cyber Elves (SKYGLASS begins soon!)

Murderous Cats & Cyber Elves (SKYGLASS begins soon!)

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My novel SKYGLASS starts serialization this June (i.e. very soon!) in the multimedia magazine Sparkler Monthly. Read on for more about this explosive tale of murderous fire-cats and post apocalyptic elves…

Written by Strange Horizons alumna Jenn Grunigen and featuring the explosive art of Mookie, Skyglass is a collision of post-apocalyptic science fiction and sexy rock gods. The adult-content prologue, Cinderseed, was released in March as a short story for Sparkler Monthly’s Cherry Bomb line. Skyglass tells the tale of two mismatched roommates, their volatile take on friendship, and the messy path to self-actualization, with some intergalactic stardom along the way:

Four years after his human mother and elven father died by double suicide, Moss lives a shadow of a life. He’s an anorexic, aromantic drummer who wallows in apathy and inadvertently wooed his boss in a bathtub. But when Phoenix – a fire elemental turned human pop star – lands on earth and decides to move into his apartment, his stale life gets torched. Phoenix is on a manhunt to find and kill her father, and she has no problem dragging everyone around her into the fire.

My editor also has some super-lovely things to say about it:

Skyglass is exactly the kind of book I always wanted to publish with Chromatic Press – something so wild and fantastic that it explodes out of genre boxes, so delightfully bizarre that you have trouble explaining it to people,” says Lianne Sentar, head of prose development and editor of Skyglass. “It’s like throwing Ai Yazawa’s Nana, a space opera, and a really fresh take on post-apocalyptic Earth into a blender. Grunigen’s writing style will suck you into a portal. And Mookie was our one and only choice for illustrator, because her work always looked like glam-rock aliens having a party to me. You couldn’t ask for a better match.”

The wait is almost over. I’ll be sure to signal boost the release of chapter one. In the meantime, have a tempting and torturous taste of Mookie’s cover art (soon to be seen on the front page of issue 11 of Sparkler Monthly)…

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Me, lately: black metal folklore, foxes, brothers, twins, Jessica-Naomi, Heathen Harnow, Phobs, Daniel Gildenlöw, rain and rain and rain, genderfuck, tall sharp-jawed/grace-necked creatures who are always always/shouldn’t be allowed in here; writing things no one will get. Cyberpunk/goth, shiver-y book anticipation for The Diamond Age; sprouts, food and anatomical reactivity. Semi-colons. Pages of paragraphless text. -cest.

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Part of me wants to make a photographic record of myself. Feral selfies? I want to get rid of everything; I want a shadow wardrobe somewhere between cyberpunk and mori girl and Lisbeth Salander and androgyny. I find myself drawn more and more, ever ever ever, to these shifty places, where I might sit but never be still.

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Skullplay of late; we’ll call it Seagull: skinfuck and hurt and abuse; a nonexistent room, walls/bone so thin sunlight suffuses>>treacherous quiet binding, a Greyhound–aka escape, only to be cutoff during a smoke-break>>fists then, a guitar case thrown from the bus, bitter exhaust in his face>>a walk along a road, vapor and black concrete>>waiting, then following>>a wet meadow>>he concedes>>a car ride through misty nightfall, the sort where sunlight collapses through silky tattered rainclouds>>dozing>>decision: end it all>>a hotel room, a tub, three knife-lines in the gap between collarbone and throat>>asleep in cold tubwater, found>>towels, bed>>breaking; chest-spine, nose-neck, limb-tangle (all innocent)>>morning, weary, sorry, six shots espresso. tbc

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When this (dire me/1) is released, when you are, perhaps, reading it, I am: emptying blood, tumblring, stretching, eating, icing, running.

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Top Ten Metal Drumming Tips

Top Ten Metal Drumming Tips

Tom Tom Magazine asked me for my top ten metal drumming tips.  They’re now featured on Tom Tom’s website.

TEN TIPS FOR BEING A METAL DRUMMER

Overall, the goal is to be a drummer.  An artist.  Sure, there’s certain techniques pertinent to metal drumming (some of which are covered below), but as long as you practice the craft with a sensitive ear, the metal bit will come.

1.  Protect your ears.

     I’ve heard the excuses.  And I understand.  But there’s a reason metal is often paired with the word loud.  And if you like listening to music now, you’ll probably want to listen to it twenty years down the road.  If this isn’t a concern, then by all means, kill your ears.  Otherwise…(click on for more)