I’m late in dropping the Torture Cinema episode from June, but that doesn’t mean you all can’t vote for our end-of-the-month torturefest! You know the drill. Voting will end on Monday.
Archives for July 2014
My Superpower is a regular guest column on the Skiffy and Fanty blog where authors and creators tell us about one weird skill, neat trick, highly specialized cybernetic upgrade, or other superpower they have, and how it helped (or hindered!) their creative process as they built their project. Today we welcome Patty Templeton to talk about how the power of hoeing history for the strange relates to There Is No Lovely End.
Who likes hoeing history for the unexpected? Me. Dude, I will hoe history ALL NIGHT LONG. Ahem. Hmm. Let me rephrase. I LOVE BOOKS! I’ve written them, written about them, sold them at used and new bookstores, and did a five year stint as a Readers’ Advisor in a public library. I’ve noticed that when I’m reading fiction, it is my fun time. When I’m reading nonfiction – oh man, grab your notebook, girly…because here comes storybrain. All of the sparks for my best stories, and my debut novel – There Is No Lovely End – came to me from reading nonfiction. And not only nonfiction, but sleazy, peculiar, or mysterious nonfiction. I have become a Queen of Queer Antiquities, a Curator of Curious Histories, a Burrower for the Bizarre. [Read more…]