January 7th, 2008

Me

Inferno

I've been reviewing books on this blog pretty much since day one. They're not my most popular entries, if we can judge such things by the number of comments the reviews get as compared to, say, my frequent complaints about the TV show Lost, but the reviews are starting to really get noticed by authors, editors and publishers nonetheless. Heck, I've got people sending me ARCs now!

One such ARC I received was Tor's Ellen Datlow-edited anthology Inferno. Which got me thinking. What if I could review books like this somewhere even more people could see it, somewhere that gets ten thousand hits a day instead of this blog's three hundred? And what if I could get paid for doing something I was going to do for free anyway?

So that's what I did. And at last, after being slightly delayed by their holiday/end-of-year schedule, my review of Inferno is finally live at FearZone.com. Go see what I have to say about it.

Up next: The Imago Sequence and Other Stories by Laird Barron.
Me

First Day as a Free Agent

Today was my first work day as a free agent, post-video store. I got quite a bit done actually, setting up some freelance projects. Tonight I plan to start revising a short story whose revisions have been on hold for weeks now.

It feels good. I feel more like my old self again -- a writer, not a video store manager. But the most amazing thing? There's a weight off my shoulders. I never even knew it was there, or how much I'd been carrying around with me regarding the video store, until now.

Onward and upward!