Aaron Polson's Blog, page 68
October 6, 2009
My flash story, "Policy Woes" is up at Hypersonic Tales. Sort of a science fantasy, definitely dark, and a little disturbing. I chalk this one up to a "popcorn dream" ala Joe R. Lansdale (if you don't know what I mean, read one of his short fiction collections).
Bards and Sages Quarterly is running a survey for their "best of the year". Not that you would wan...
October 5, 2009
Another small press magazine bit the dust. As a former contributor, I received an email that Necrography was no more. The publisher produced one and only one issue (which can still be purchased through Amazon.com), and my short story "Brian Cullen's Confessional" found itself in the TOC. It's a nice little magazine, glossy and slick with clean layout.
Am I sad that another paying market has bitten the dust? Yes.
Am I surprised? No.
I turned to writing short fiction when my first novel was i...
October 2, 2009
The first of them hits a window with a wet thunk. Valerie jerks upright at the sound.
"What the 'ell was that?"
Richard mumbles, rolls over and pulls a pillow over his head.
Valerie clutches the quilt, listening. A few more smacks—amplified noises like insect kamikaze against a windshield at high speed—echo from the kitchen.
"Richard, wake your lazy arse." Valerie shakes Richard's shoulder.
He moans, sucks a breath into his lungs, and opens his eyes. "What you want to go and wake me for?"
October 1, 2009
I always like to understand an idea's evolution. This post comes by the way of Jeremy Brooks who sent me to this post from Amanda Effing Palmer, but the seed was planted when I read about author royalties at Galleycat a few weeks ago.
I quote from the comments:
Marvin11: "I think that writer [sic:] make MORE than enough money"
PeterKing: "writers should be writing because of their love for the craft, not for the money"
I could go on...but you are all big people. Read for ...
September 30, 2009
Aaron Polson is my real name. I understand the need for pseudonyms. I respect most people who use them. Tricky Dick Ridyard, I do not. The "Aaron Polson" on Facebook from Australia is not me. There is a small town in Montana named "Polson" and a former liquor store in Manhattan, Kansas named Polson Liquor. I have no affiliation with either. The surname Polson is Scandinavian, meaning (at some point i...
September 29, 2009
Um, Dick? Here's a clue: the editors at a pro-paying horror mag have probably read everything by Mr. King.
But wait...there's more: Check out Angel Zapata's blog for all the gory details. It seems Tricky Dick Ridyard has been up to a lot of "tricks". And guess what?
September 28, 2009
1. Are you a "pantser" or a "plotter?"
I like to know the end before I begin, but I generally let the story and characters write the rules as they go. I've flirted with plotting, but it all crumbles in the process. The end is a destination, but the journey to the end is the story.
2. Detailed character sketches or "their character will be revealed to me as a I write"?
A little of both. Some characte...
September 25, 2009
John Wilton found himself in his sun porch clutching the handle of a stirrup hoe. Rain had soaked the yard for the past few days, and he knew—following Karen's example—that the garden would need a good weeding. It was her garden, suggested by her therapist, a hobby to occupy her troubled mind—something living to help her forget the baby.
But Karen didn't forget. With her in the hospital, he was left with the house and the garden to tend, alone.
September 24, 2009
September 23, 2009
I call my take "Guided by Wire" and it will appear in a future edition of the new Night Chills magazine. A man who eats of the snail that has eaten of the worms...
Okay, so what am I working on, now? I finished "Tap, Tap" last weekend...it needs some significant edits, but I do like the ending. Nothing is more important than the end of a short story (only if nothing is another name for the beginning).