naamah_darling: The incisors and canines of the skull of a gray wolf. (Bones)
So I told you guys I would get pics of the awesome Christmas presents [livejournal.com profile] sargon999 got me. Here's one of them. A full-size cast from a Smilodon fatalis skull, complete with tarpit finish.

It's my favorite present I've gotten in a long, long time. Thank you, darling.

sabertooth 01

I'm also making you look at this picture, because it's pretty much the most excellent picture of Tazendra ever taken. Do yourself a favor and go look at it full-size. I cannot stop laughing about it. Every time I see it I go off again.

Dey Had Teef Like Dif

When asked to list her breed on paperwork, I put "lolcat."

Captions welcome.

Lots more skull and pretty kitty pics under here! )

There are lots more pictures of Tazendra at my Flickr account, so you can just click through and scroll back or forth to see those. These are the best pictures of her I've ever been able to take.

Bone Clones sells many different replicas, and while I don't think resin is much of a stand-in for the various wonderful tactile qualites of real bone, the casts of extinct beasties and endangered beasties are certainly of high enough quality to justify the price. The level of detail on this thing is astounding, down to the sinus cavities and sutures. The only reason I can tell it's a replica is because I'm really, really used to looking at real skulls. From more than a few feet away, you can't tell at all.

Anyway, that's the awesome. Hope you enjoyed!
naamah_darling: The incisors and canines of the skull of a gray wolf. (Bones)
So I told you guys I would get pics of the awesome Christmas presents [livejournal.com profile] sargon999 got me. Here's one of them. A full-size cast from a Smilodon fatalis skull, complete with tarpit finish.

It's my favorite present I've gotten in a long, long time. Thank you, darling.

sabertooth 01

I'm also making you look at this picture, because it's pretty much the most excellent picture of Tazendra ever taken. Do yourself a favor and go look at it full-size. I cannot stop laughing about it. Every time I see it I go off again.

Dey Had Teef Like Dif

When asked to list her breed on paperwork, I put "lolcat."

Captions welcome.

Lots more skull and pretty kitty pics under here! )

There are lots more pictures of Tazendra at my Flickr account, so you can just click through and scroll back or forth to see those. These are the best pictures of her I've ever been able to take.

Bone Clones sells many different replicas, and while I don't think resin is much of a stand-in for the various wonderful tactile qualites of real bone, the casts of extinct beasties and endangered beasties are certainly of high enough quality to justify the price. The level of detail on this thing is astounding, down to the sinus cavities and sutures. The only reason I can tell it's a replica is because I'm really, really used to looking at real skulls. From more than a few feet away, you can't tell at all.

Anyway, that's the awesome. Hope you enjoyed!
naamah_darling: Picture of a treasure chest with a skull and crossbones on top. My art! (Artistic)
Deadline accomplished, headway made on next deadline.

So, without further ado, I take this brief interval of free time to present the fruits of others' labor! All of these people are very dear to me.

First, and I hope Marianne and Cherie aren't offended that I am totally putting him first, Sargon has a story appearing in the pirate anthology Fast Ships, Black Sails.



Amazon order page.

Night Shade books order page.

It's edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer, and features stories by Paul Batteiger (that's Sargon!), Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette, Naomi Novik, Michael Moorcock, and Garth Nix. And others. No offense intended to those I left off the list. Those are just the names that made me sit up and say "HOLY SHIT, NAOMI NOVIK AND MICHAEL MOORCOCK! ELIZABETH BEAR! SARAH MONETTE! I AM NOW AWESOME BY ASSOCIATION!"

Ahem. Anyway. Now THIS is fun:


It's a video of some of the authors reading aloud from their stories. Sargon's is the opener (after the song bit) with the pirate poem and atmospheric candlelight and his growly growling, and the squeaksqueaksqueaking of my crappy camera, which we will totally overlook because the growling is cool.

Some of the other authors totally had fun with theirs, too. Like, right now the embedded YouTube clip is showing me a guy in a bandanna with a rubber shark on his shoulder. That is not Sargon, but it is still cool.

By the way, the poem does not appear in the story. The story has lots of snow and ice (it is about pirates that sail ON THE ICE when a mini ice-age freezes the Atlantic and . . . you just have to read it, it's really grim and manly). However, it was July when he shot the video, so he had to work with what he had. I think it came out pretty well. Oh, and [livejournal.com profile] lobanorth? You cannot see it, but your wolf pelt is the enormous thing in the background that, in fact, makes the background look black.

Here is a wallpaper I made to commemorate this piratical occasion:

Fast Ships, Black Sails fullscreen wallpaper

That is the fullscreen version; the widescreen version is here. Download, enjoy, order! And if anyone with more time or more excellent graphic skills wants to make a wallpaper of their own to share with us, please do so. The original is here and it is huge.

Second, Cherie Priest's ([livejournal.com profile] cmpriest's) Fathom comes out in December.



What is it about?

A decidedly dark departure from Priest’s Eden Moore saga (Four and Twenty Blackbirds, etc.), this stand-alone novel is equal parts horror, contemporary fantasy and apocalyptic thriller. During a summer vacation to her aunt’s coastal Florida home, innocent teen Nia sees her cousin Bernice commit a brutal murder and then get dragged into the ocean by a monstrous water witch. Nia becomes inadvertently entangled in a conflict between primordial creatures that endangers the very existence of humankind. Entombed in stone for countless years, Nia eventually emerges from her cocoon transformed, only to realize that an old god is close to awakening and destroying the world. Priest’s haunting lyricism and graceful narrative are complemented by the solemn, cynical thematic undercurrents with a tangible gravity and depth. This is arguably her most ambitious—and accomplished—work to date. (Dec.)

That's what Publisher's Weekly had to say about it. I think it sounds rockass awesome, and my copy is preordered. You, too, can preorder right now at Amazon.

She gets the best covers, I swear.

And, finally, I do not have a nifty cover graphic yet, but I do have a fabulous book to recommend.

Kate Harding of Shapely Prose and LiveJournal's own Marianne Kirby, aka [livejournal.com profile] onceupon, have written a book about body image and body acceptance that I think is going to rock the world.

It is called Lessons from the Fat-o-sphere: Quit Dieting and Declare a Truce with Your Body. I've been eagerly awaiting this for some months, and am so proud of both Marianne and Kate, and so eager to both read it and to have it out there where it can do some good.

You can pre-order it here! I really, really recommend it.

It's very well and good to be told to accept your body the way it is (which is a good thing to do), that being fat is okay (and it is), but it's another thing to really accept that. And that is what this book is about. Learning to make peace with yourself, and what you are. And that is such an important thing to do, oh my god, people, it really is. So please, if this is an issue that has hurt you like it's hurt me and loads of other folks I know, give this one a try. I trust Kate and Marianne implicitly, and I know that their book will be both informative and helpful. Also very funny, because they rock like that.

I think that about concludes my publishing day. I am exhausted, but also very happy, and I hope you don't mind the spamming too much. These folks are all really important to me, I love them all, and I really want to see them all get the love and attention and marvelous fans that they can possibly get.
naamah_darling: Picture of a treasure chest with a skull and crossbones on top. My art! (Artistic)
Deadline accomplished, headway made on next deadline.

So, without further ado, I take this brief interval of free time to present the fruits of others' labor! All of these people are very dear to me.

First, and I hope Marianne and Cherie aren't offended that I am totally putting him first, Sargon has a story appearing in the pirate anthology Fast Ships, Black Sails.



Amazon order page.

Night Shade books order page.

It's edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer, and features stories by Paul Batteiger (that's Sargon!), Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette, Naomi Novik, Michael Moorcock, and Garth Nix. And others. No offense intended to those I left off the list. Those are just the names that made me sit up and say "HOLY SHIT, NAOMI NOVIK AND MICHAEL MOORCOCK! ELIZABETH BEAR! SARAH MONETTE! I AM NOW AWESOME BY ASSOCIATION!"

Ahem. Anyway. Now THIS is fun:


It's a video of some of the authors reading aloud from their stories. Sargon's is the opener (after the song bit) with the pirate poem and atmospheric candlelight and his growly growling, and the squeaksqueaksqueaking of my crappy camera, which we will totally overlook because the growling is cool.

Some of the other authors totally had fun with theirs, too. Like, right now the embedded YouTube clip is showing me a guy in a bandanna with a rubber shark on his shoulder. That is not Sargon, but it is still cool.

By the way, the poem does not appear in the story. The story has lots of snow and ice (it is about pirates that sail ON THE ICE when a mini ice-age freezes the Atlantic and . . . you just have to read it, it's really grim and manly). However, it was July when he shot the video, so he had to work with what he had. I think it came out pretty well. Oh, and [livejournal.com profile] lobanorth? You cannot see it, but your wolf pelt is the enormous thing in the background that, in fact, makes the background look black.

Here is a wallpaper I made to commemorate this piratical occasion:

Fast Ships, Black Sails fullscreen wallpaper

That is the fullscreen version; the widescreen version is here. Download, enjoy, order! And if anyone with more time or more excellent graphic skills wants to make a wallpaper of their own to share with us, please do so. The original is here and it is huge.

Second, Cherie Priest's ([livejournal.com profile] cmpriest's) Fathom comes out in December.



What is it about?

A decidedly dark departure from Priest’s Eden Moore saga (Four and Twenty Blackbirds, etc.), this stand-alone novel is equal parts horror, contemporary fantasy and apocalyptic thriller. During a summer vacation to her aunt’s coastal Florida home, innocent teen Nia sees her cousin Bernice commit a brutal murder and then get dragged into the ocean by a monstrous water witch. Nia becomes inadvertently entangled in a conflict between primordial creatures that endangers the very existence of humankind. Entombed in stone for countless years, Nia eventually emerges from her cocoon transformed, only to realize that an old god is close to awakening and destroying the world. Priest’s haunting lyricism and graceful narrative are complemented by the solemn, cynical thematic undercurrents with a tangible gravity and depth. This is arguably her most ambitious—and accomplished—work to date. (Dec.)

That's what Publisher's Weekly had to say about it. I think it sounds rockass awesome, and my copy is preordered. You, too, can preorder right now at Amazon.

She gets the best covers, I swear.

And, finally, I do not have a nifty cover graphic yet, but I do have a fabulous book to recommend.

Kate Harding of Shapely Prose and LiveJournal's own Marianne Kirby, aka [livejournal.com profile] onceupon, have written a book about body image and body acceptance that I think is going to rock the world.

It is called Lessons from the Fat-o-sphere: Quit Dieting and Declare a Truce with Your Body. I've been eagerly awaiting this for some months, and am so proud of both Marianne and Kate, and so eager to both read it and to have it out there where it can do some good.

You can pre-order it here! I really, really recommend it.

It's very well and good to be told to accept your body the way it is (which is a good thing to do), that being fat is okay (and it is), but it's another thing to really accept that. And that is what this book is about. Learning to make peace with yourself, and what you are. And that is such an important thing to do, oh my god, people, it really is. So please, if this is an issue that has hurt you like it's hurt me and loads of other folks I know, give this one a try. I trust Kate and Marianne implicitly, and I know that their book will be both informative and helpful. Also very funny, because they rock like that.

I think that about concludes my publishing day. I am exhausted, but also very happy, and I hope you don't mind the spamming too much. These folks are all really important to me, I love them all, and I really want to see them all get the love and attention and marvelous fans that they can possibly get.
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Morningstar)
Thank you all immensely for the good juju. You are my miracle workers.

Our third offer was approved, and we close on October 3rd.

I'm scared. Of course I am scared. I am so scared.

There's a lot of work to do, the transition is going to be so hard because this place is so different from the house we have now, from anyplace I have ever lived, and finding out how and where we will fit into it is going to be rough.

But let me tell you, it is simply an amazing house. It's so beautiful. It's very white on the inside – the former owners were obviously afraid of bold colors – but that white is like a blank canvas. A big, naked canvas, just begging me to have my way with it. Architecturally it's got all kinds of interesting things I can work with. When I'm done with it, it will be simply amazing. Oh, my friends, oh, oh, oh. I never thought to have anything this wonderful!

I will tell you about all of its awesome features once we've closed, but not before. I'm too scared that something will go south to risk rhapsodizing about it. Way too scared. It's not perfect in every way, but there is a whole hell of a lot to adore.

Keep it crossed for us. The third. They moved the date up a week because they don't want to make another payment.

Two weeks. We're moving in two weeks. Oh, shit.

Edit: I actually should throw a huge shout-out to [livejournal.com profile] bat_cheva, who drove down the nigh-invisible side street on a whim and found the house, and brought us a flyer even though it was out of our price range, and bugged us to go look at it, because it is not even a mile from her house. Which is actually the coolest thing about all of this, really.

So, if this all goes as planned, I will live very close to my dad, and very, very close to my best friend. I told you. It's fucking awesome.
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Morningstar)
Thank you all immensely for the good juju. You are my miracle workers.

Our third offer was approved, and we close on October 3rd.

I'm scared. Of course I am scared. I am so scared.

There's a lot of work to do, the transition is going to be so hard because this place is so different from the house we have now, from anyplace I have ever lived, and finding out how and where we will fit into it is going to be rough.

But let me tell you, it is simply an amazing house. It's so beautiful. It's very white on the inside – the former owners were obviously afraid of bold colors – but that white is like a blank canvas. A big, naked canvas, just begging me to have my way with it. Architecturally it's got all kinds of interesting things I can work with. When I'm done with it, it will be simply amazing. Oh, my friends, oh, oh, oh. I never thought to have anything this wonderful!

I will tell you about all of its awesome features once we've closed, but not before. I'm too scared that something will go south to risk rhapsodizing about it. Way too scared. It's not perfect in every way, but there is a whole hell of a lot to adore.

Keep it crossed for us. The third. They moved the date up a week because they don't want to make another payment.

Two weeks. We're moving in two weeks. Oh, shit.

Edit: I actually should throw a huge shout-out to [livejournal.com profile] bat_cheva, who drove down the nigh-invisible side street on a whim and found the house, and brought us a flyer even though it was out of our price range, and bugged us to go look at it, because it is not even a mile from her house. Which is actually the coolest thing about all of this, really.

So, if this all goes as planned, I will live very close to my dad, and very, very close to my best friend. I told you. It's fucking awesome.
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Lucian Wags)
I got my subscription copy of Weird Tales #348 today. This is the one with "Walking With the Beast" in it, my piece on being a bipolar lycanthrope. It even says it on the cover: "A bipolar werewolf." Neat, eh?

I got an illustration, too, by Star St. Germain, aka [livejournal.com profile] thisisstar, which I like very much. That is one pissed-off looking werewolf, I will tell you that for nothing.

If you don't have a copy, or have one coming to you, you can order one directly from Wildside Press. Or you could just, you know, subscribe.

I especially want to encourage you to do the latter.

Why?

Well, if you go to the website, where you can actually read the piece for free, and you scroll down to look at the bio, you will see why.

Amanda Gannon, WEIRD TALES’s new arts & culture editor, is a writer and artist living in Oklahoma with her husband, known as Sargon the Terrible. Their house is full of snakes — deliberately — and is also host to one catbot called Sif, a real cat named Fish, and one formless spawn of Tsathoggua, Tazendra, who for reasons both sinister and unfathomable is only pretending to be a cat.


So, yeah, that's my big news, the news I've been threatening you all with for ages now. I suppose, since it's right there on the internet for everyone and their cat to sniff at, I can announce it formally.

Hi. I'm the new arts and culture editor for Weird Tales.

With each issue, I will be bringing you a feature rounding up the best weird art I can find, and I will also be writing about general strangeness for the website on a weekly basis.

It is, of course, a tremendous honor, and if I seem to be sanguine it's only because I have already spent several weeks unable to sit down on a tail that won't stop wagging. I need that Lucian "Why, yes, I am made of awesome!" icon, because this one is woefully insufficient.

But seriously. This is, like, huge for me, emotionally. Weird Tales is the magazine that launched possibly the most influential speculative fiction/weird fiction writers, writers who defined the genre, and whose influence is pervasive even today: Lovecraft, Howard, and Bradbury. It was also home to two names I love with all my heart: Clark Ashton Smith and Fritz Leiber. You know, Smith. The guy Lovecraft wanted to be. And Leiber, the guy who made me want to be a writer in the first place. There's always C. L. Moore, Henry Kuttner, August Derleth, Lin Carter, Brian Lumley . . . Tanith fucking Lee. I have ranted this rant before. The list goes on and on. Being published once is a singular distinction. Being on staff is nothing less than . . . transcendent.

My dad read Lovecraft to me as a very young child. When I told him about this on Wednesday, he almost, as we say in my family, shit a golden kitten. I discovered the magazine when I was about eleven. My sister had old copies of the magazine lying around, and a hardcover anthology, which I read on nights I spent at her house. That is, in fact, how I discovered Leiber. So I owe them thanks, if I owe it to anyone: they fostered my weirdness gladly. And I owe my mom thanks, too, for making me a werewolf.

I feel I've done them proud, and hopefully I'll do the same for the magazine.

I'll be seeing you there!
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Lucian Wags)
I got my subscription copy of Weird Tales #348 today. This is the one with "Walking With the Beast" in it, my piece on being a bipolar lycanthrope. It even says it on the cover: "A bipolar werewolf." Neat, eh?

I got an illustration, too, by Star St. Germain, aka [livejournal.com profile] thisisstar, which I like very much. That is one pissed-off looking werewolf, I will tell you that for nothing.

If you don't have a copy, or have one coming to you, you can order one directly from Wildside Press. Or you could just, you know, subscribe.

I especially want to encourage you to do the latter.

Why?

Well, if you go to the website, where you can actually read the piece for free, and you scroll down to look at the bio, you will see why.

Amanda Gannon, WEIRD TALES’s new arts & culture editor, is a writer and artist living in Oklahoma with her husband, known as Sargon the Terrible. Their house is full of snakes — deliberately — and is also host to one catbot called Sif, a real cat named Fish, and one formless spawn of Tsathoggua, Tazendra, who for reasons both sinister and unfathomable is only pretending to be a cat.


So, yeah, that's my big news, the news I've been threatening you all with for ages now. I suppose, since it's right there on the internet for everyone and their cat to sniff at, I can announce it formally.

Hi. I'm the new arts and culture editor for Weird Tales.

With each issue, I will be bringing you a feature rounding up the best weird art I can find, and I will also be writing about general strangeness for the website on a weekly basis.

It is, of course, a tremendous honor, and if I seem to be sanguine it's only because I have already spent several weeks unable to sit down on a tail that won't stop wagging. I need that Lucian "Why, yes, I am made of awesome!" icon, because this one is woefully insufficient.

But seriously. This is, like, huge for me, emotionally. Weird Tales is the magazine that launched possibly the most influential speculative fiction/weird fiction writers, writers who defined the genre, and whose influence is pervasive even today: Lovecraft, Howard, and Bradbury. It was also home to two names I love with all my heart: Clark Ashton Smith and Fritz Leiber. You know, Smith. The guy Lovecraft wanted to be. And Leiber, the guy who made me want to be a writer in the first place. There's always C. L. Moore, Henry Kuttner, August Derleth, Lin Carter, Brian Lumley . . . Tanith fucking Lee. I have ranted this rant before. The list goes on and on. Being published once is a singular distinction. Being on staff is nothing less than . . . transcendent.

My dad read Lovecraft to me as a very young child. When I told him about this on Wednesday, he almost, as we say in my family, shit a golden kitten. I discovered the magazine when I was about eleven. My sister had old copies of the magazine lying around, and a hardcover anthology, which I read on nights I spent at her house. That is, in fact, how I discovered Leiber. So I owe them thanks, if I owe it to anyone: they fostered my weirdness gladly. And I owe my mom thanks, too, for making me a werewolf.

I feel I've done them proud, and hopefully I'll do the same for the magazine.

I'll be seeing you there!
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Kiss Kiss!)
I promised you puppies, I deliver puppies.

These six little critters are . . . Porgis? Cardiganians? They are half Cardigan Corgi, half Pomeranian, which makes them cuter than just about anything else on the planet. They are also fully adoptable. So if you or anyone you know is in the Tulsa area and is looking for a puppy, you're looking in the right place. If you're interested in adopting one of them, drop me a note (naamah at gmail) and I'll get you the contact information.

Now, on to the puppies!

Get your insulin ready. )

Like I said, half Corgi, half Pomeranian, 100% adorable.

When [livejournal.com profile] bat_cheva and I took these pictures, they were about five weeks old; they should be about seven weeks old now, and almost ready to go home. With you. Because you know you want an adorable doggie with ridiculously abbreviated legs to make all of your friends insanely jealous.

Puppies 18

Later, I will bring you video.

Of puppy kissing.

Because I'm tyrannical like that.
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Kiss Kiss!)
I promised you puppies, I deliver puppies.

These six little critters are . . . Porgis? Cardiganians? They are half Cardigan Corgi, half Pomeranian, which makes them cuter than just about anything else on the planet. They are also fully adoptable. So if you or anyone you know is in the Tulsa area and is looking for a puppy, you're looking in the right place. If you're interested in adopting one of them, drop me a note (naamah at gmail) and I'll get you the contact information.

Now, on to the puppies!

Get your insulin ready. )

Like I said, half Corgi, half Pomeranian, 100% adorable.

When [livejournal.com profile] bat_cheva and I took these pictures, they were about five weeks old; they should be about seven weeks old now, and almost ready to go home. With you. Because you know you want an adorable doggie with ridiculously abbreviated legs to make all of your friends insanely jealous.

Puppies 18

Later, I will bring you video.

Of puppy kissing.

Because I'm tyrannical like that.
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Alpha Female)
I've been sitting on this for roughly ever, but here's the news:

I've got a piece coming out in Weird Tales.

Yes, Weird Tales.

It's not fiction, so my name doesn't yet go on the list of beloved genre writers who've contributed short stories to its various incarnations.*

It is, however, about lycanthropy. About being bipolar. About learning what you are, and learning to accept it.

Walking With the Beast will be published under the magazine's new Weirdism nonfiction column, and will appear in issue #348.

"It was scary, being a werewolf’s child. My mother was a creative woman with a very animal ability to find delight in the strangest of places. She was fearless and full of adventure. But sometimes she became savage. Then it wasn’t hard to see the fur and fangs. Domesticated life in the midwestern suburbs—two kids, two cars, and dinner on the table at seven — didn’t suit her. She tried, but it made every day of her life into a struggle against her own nature. Like trapped creatures often do, she lashed out. Sometimes when the pressure became too much she would run away for hours, days at a time. As she grew older, a kind of caged sadness came over her. I never doubted that she loved me, but being her daughter was not easy, especially because I am a werewolf, too.

"The signs were there from my first hour. It was a full moon when they cut me from my mother. I was grinning and covered with fine, wolfish hairs. A skittish, quiet, grubby child, I felt more kinship with animals than with other children, and something in me inspired an almost preternatural friendliness in anything carnivorous and furry.

"Humanity’s strange history gives us tales of feral children raised by wolves, like the wild boy of Aveyron. But there I was, the inverse, something wild raised to be like a human child. . . ."


There's more, of course, but you'll have to buy to read.

I am so jazzed, and very much hoping that this piece finds its way to someone who really needs the gift of a good metaphor.

I heartily encourage you to get yourself a copy, or buy one for the werewolf in your life.

"But," you say, "my bookstore doesn't carry genre magazines because they're a bunch of tooth-sucking Philistines!"

Well, you're in luck!

For about the next week, if you subscribe now, you'll still be able to get that issue – #348 – as your first issue. After that, you should be able to get it through back issues.

The fabulous news is that it could not come at a better time. Right now, they're running a three-issue trial run for only $10. That would be worth every penny even if I weren't appearing. I mean, seriously, dude, it's Weird Tales!

I'm going to be in Weird Tales. Holy crap.

My major thanks to Stephen, and also to those of you who helped me find my way into this thing -- albeit by accident. You know who you are, my little loups-garous.

* H. P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, Clark Ashton Smith, Fritz Leiber, C. L. Moore, Henry Kuttner, Robert Bloch, Ray Bradbury, Tanith Lee, Brian Lumley, Frank Belknap Long, August Derleth. . . .
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Alpha Female)
I've been sitting on this for roughly ever, but here's the news:

I've got a piece coming out in Weird Tales.

Yes, Weird Tales.

It's not fiction, so my name doesn't yet go on the list of beloved genre writers who've contributed short stories to its various incarnations.*

It is, however, about lycanthropy. About being bipolar. About learning what you are, and learning to accept it.

Walking With the Beast will be published under the magazine's new Weirdism nonfiction column, and will appear in issue #348.

"It was scary, being a werewolf’s child. My mother was a creative woman with a very animal ability to find delight in the strangest of places. She was fearless and full of adventure. But sometimes she became savage. Then it wasn’t hard to see the fur and fangs. Domesticated life in the midwestern suburbs—two kids, two cars, and dinner on the table at seven — didn’t suit her. She tried, but it made every day of her life into a struggle against her own nature. Like trapped creatures often do, she lashed out. Sometimes when the pressure became too much she would run away for hours, days at a time. As she grew older, a kind of caged sadness came over her. I never doubted that she loved me, but being her daughter was not easy, especially because I am a werewolf, too.

"The signs were there from my first hour. It was a full moon when they cut me from my mother. I was grinning and covered with fine, wolfish hairs. A skittish, quiet, grubby child, I felt more kinship with animals than with other children, and something in me inspired an almost preternatural friendliness in anything carnivorous and furry.

"Humanity’s strange history gives us tales of feral children raised by wolves, like the wild boy of Aveyron. But there I was, the inverse, something wild raised to be like a human child. . . ."


There's more, of course, but you'll have to buy to read.

I am so jazzed, and very much hoping that this piece finds its way to someone who really needs the gift of a good metaphor.

I heartily encourage you to get yourself a copy, or buy one for the werewolf in your life.

"But," you say, "my bookstore doesn't carry genre magazines because they're a bunch of tooth-sucking Philistines!"

Well, you're in luck!

For about the next week, if you subscribe now, you'll still be able to get that issue – #348 – as your first issue. After that, you should be able to get it through back issues.

The fabulous news is that it could not come at a better time. Right now, they're running a three-issue trial run for only $10. That would be worth every penny even if I weren't appearing. I mean, seriously, dude, it's Weird Tales!

I'm going to be in Weird Tales. Holy crap.

My major thanks to Stephen, and also to those of you who helped me find my way into this thing -- albeit by accident. You know who you are, my little loups-garous.

* H. P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, Clark Ashton Smith, Fritz Leiber, C. L. Moore, Henry Kuttner, Robert Bloch, Ray Bradbury, Tanith Lee, Brian Lumley, Frank Belknap Long, August Derleth. . . .

Were-Dork

Aug. 30th, 2007 02:48 am
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Lucian Wags)
Y'all know what an Underworld fan I am. You know all about the time I won the ebay auction for Lucian's actual screen-worn prop jacket, which I fangirled about extensively when it arrived, and which looks pretty cool on me, if I do say so myself.

Today, Sargon gave me a package which contained a Lucian action figure. It's sitting right by my workspace even as we speak. Has the cheesy knife-in-the-sleeve thing and everything. I was ridiculously delighted.

It's pretty awesome being married to your best friend.

It's also pretty cool to be able to squeeze a miniature Michael Sheen between your boobs. Just, y'know, FYI.

I'm a happy werewolf.

One of these days I really must do a post about why I love me some lycanthropes. But, then, what is there to say? What's not to love?

Were-Dork

Aug. 30th, 2007 02:48 am
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Lucian Wags)
Y'all know what an Underworld fan I am. You know all about the time I won the ebay auction for Lucian's actual screen-worn prop jacket, which I fangirled about extensively when it arrived, and which looks pretty cool on me, if I do say so myself.

Today, Sargon gave me a package which contained a Lucian action figure. It's sitting right by my workspace even as we speak. Has the cheesy knife-in-the-sleeve thing and everything. I was ridiculously delighted.

It's pretty awesome being married to your best friend.

It's also pretty cool to be able to squeeze a miniature Michael Sheen between your boobs. Just, y'know, FYI.

I'm a happy werewolf.

One of these days I really must do a post about why I love me some lycanthropes. But, then, what is there to say? What's not to love?
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Lucian No Pants)
In primary news, Roy freaking Khan, singer for Kamelot, called my house today and conducted a phone interview with Sargon, who then put him on the phone with me and I actually got to speak to the man with the sexiest voice ever who sings for maybe my favorite band ever and who are definitely the most competent metal act still writing music today, period.*

Are we on the same page, here?

I talked to one of my ultra-heroes!

He talked to me and expressed interest in what I was saying and said that he's always wanted to write books someday when he's "too old for all this."

I am afraid I came off as a total goober, though I did manage not to commit the faux pas of admitting that I write porn or that I was not, at that moment, wearing pants. It was a near thing, but I managed to leave all that out.

He's a very cool guy, and maybe he'd be okay with it, but you know, I just didn't feel like sharing would bring us closer.

I am still so fucking jazzed, and if I think about it too much, I start shaking.

I'll let you guys know when the interview is up. For now, I strongly urge you to check out their beautiful website for free downloads and videos, including this video for "The Haunting," off of Black Halo. It's one of their very best songs off of their very best album.

What other band has a three-release arc of concept albums reworking Faust as a rock opera?

I didn't think you could name one.

If you'll excuse me, I'm going to go squee all over myself.

* No, not interested in debating. This is one of those indisputable things: women have a right to choose, gay marriage should be legal, I'm childfree, and Kamelot fucking rule. Tarot rock harder and because of the whole songs-about-lycanthropy thing, I love them more on some days . . . but Kamelot, Jesus, Kamelot really know what they are doing.
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Lucian No Pants)
In primary news, Roy freaking Khan, singer for Kamelot, called my house today and conducted a phone interview with Sargon, who then put him on the phone with me and I actually got to speak to the man with the sexiest voice ever who sings for maybe my favorite band ever and who are definitely the most competent metal act still writing music today, period.*

Are we on the same page, here?

I talked to one of my ultra-heroes!

He talked to me and expressed interest in what I was saying and said that he's always wanted to write books someday when he's "too old for all this."

I am afraid I came off as a total goober, though I did manage not to commit the faux pas of admitting that I write porn or that I was not, at that moment, wearing pants. It was a near thing, but I managed to leave all that out.

He's a very cool guy, and maybe he'd be okay with it, but you know, I just didn't feel like sharing would bring us closer.

I am still so fucking jazzed, and if I think about it too much, I start shaking.

I'll let you guys know when the interview is up. For now, I strongly urge you to check out their beautiful website for free downloads and videos, including this video for "The Haunting," off of Black Halo. It's one of their very best songs off of their very best album.

What other band has a three-release arc of concept albums reworking Faust as a rock opera?

I didn't think you could name one.

If you'll excuse me, I'm going to go squee all over myself.

* No, not interested in debating. This is one of those indisputable things: women have a right to choose, gay marriage should be legal, I'm childfree, and Kamelot fucking rule. Tarot rock harder and because of the whole songs-about-lycanthropy thing, I love them more on some days . . . but Kamelot, Jesus, Kamelot really know what they are doing.
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Dangerous Booty)
Not only has [livejournal.com profile] sargon999 landed a spiff new job, he has an acceptance letter in hand. His story, "Cold Day In Hell" (title subject to change) was accepted for Jeff VanderMeer's forthcoming pirate anthology, Fast Ships, Black Sails.

Even the guidelines were written in pirate. In case that link out-pirates your parrot, the lubber's guidelines are there.

Thought I'd let you know that so you can keep an eye out (or two, if you have two) for it in October, which is its tentative release date.

'Cause, you know, we may not be around to tell you about it. All our good luck has clearly run out.

But hey, gift horse, mouth, don't go there. Happy news at last!
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Dangerous Booty)
Not only has [livejournal.com profile] sargon999 landed a spiff new job, he has an acceptance letter in hand. His story, "Cold Day In Hell" (title subject to change) was accepted for Jeff VanderMeer's forthcoming pirate anthology, Fast Ships, Black Sails.

Even the guidelines were written in pirate. In case that link out-pirates your parrot, the lubber's guidelines are there.

Thought I'd let you know that so you can keep an eye out (or two, if you have two) for it in October, which is its tentative release date.

'Cause, you know, we may not be around to tell you about it. All our good luck has clearly run out.

But hey, gift horse, mouth, don't go there. Happy news at last!
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Pirate Literacy)
I am so stupid some days.

Waaay back in October, The Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica Vol. 6 was released in the UK. I got my contributor's copies, but (perhaps unwisely) decided to wait until it hit shelves here in the US to say anything about it.

Well, it's out, and you can go right out to Borders, Barnes and Noble, or click over to Amazon, and gratify yourself with some hot smut.

It contains my short story "Full Bloom," which some of you may remember reading at the sadly now-defunct anaisdotmfk.com. I'm still proud of it.

I went to take some pretty promotional shots for you all today, and lo and behold, the American version has a different cover than the UK version. You're getting the UK version. Beautiful, isn't it?

TMBOBNE 02

I like the cover of the US version just as well.

But that's not the stupid. Cut for The Dumb. )
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Pirate Literacy)
I am so stupid some days.

Waaay back in October, The Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica Vol. 6 was released in the UK. I got my contributor's copies, but (perhaps unwisely) decided to wait until it hit shelves here in the US to say anything about it.

Well, it's out, and you can go right out to Borders, Barnes and Noble, or click over to Amazon, and gratify yourself with some hot smut.

It contains my short story "Full Bloom," which some of you may remember reading at the sadly now-defunct anaisdotmfk.com. I'm still proud of it.

I went to take some pretty promotional shots for you all today, and lo and behold, the American version has a different cover than the UK version. You're getting the UK version. Beautiful, isn't it?

TMBOBNE 02

I like the cover of the US version just as well.

But that's not the stupid. Cut for The Dumb. )

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