The following press release from the Horror Writers Association (HWA) is about something I think is pretty cool. In fact, I’m tempted to call it the coolest thing the HWA has done in a long time. If I had one suggestion, though, I’d recommend opening the scholarship up to promising female writers outside the HWA, too. And then, if the winner turns out to not be a member of the HWA already, they could be awarded the the scholarship as well as one year’s free membership.
Starting from 2014 the Horror Writers Association (HWA) has instituted the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Scholarship, open to female writers who are members of the HWA. The Scholarship is designed to address the unseen, but real, barriers limiting the amount of horror fiction being published by women.
The first Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Scholarship has been awarded to Erinn Kemper, a Canadian writer who resides in Costa Rica. Erinn Kemper (E. L. Kemper) grew up in an isolated mill town in coastal British Columbia, Canada. From there she moved to the city to study Philosophy at the University of Victoria. Over the years she’s worked as an eye glasses repair person, a fish farmer, a cabinet maker, a parks department laborer, a book store clerk, a home nurse, a teacher—and lived in a camper, in Japan and on a forty foot wooden sailboat. She now lives in a small town in Costa Rica on the Caribbean Sea where she plans to write her first novel from her hammock.
Erinn has sold stories to Cemetery Dance Magazine and [Nameless] Digest and appears in various anthologies including A Darke Phantastique and Chiral Mad 2. Visit her website at erinnkemper.com for updates and sloth sightings.
Erinn said, “I am honored and thrilled to be chosen to receive The Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Scholarship. I appreciate the opportunity to take some writing courses for the first time and to challenge myself to dig deeper and darker. It’s a wonderful thing that the HWA supports writers and invests in the future of the genre through mentoring and now with these scholarships! When it’s my turn I can’t wait to give back by offering my support as a mentor.”
HWA President Rocky Wood said, “We are proud to be the first genre writers’ organisation to present a scholarship specifically targeted to support the development of female authors.”
About the HWA
The Horror Writers Association is a worldwide organization promoting dark literature and its creators. It has over 1200 members who write, edit and publish professionally in fiction, nonfiction, videogames, films, comics, and other media. For more information about the HWA visit www.horror.org. Media inquiries to email@example.com.
I'm a little frazzled from lack of sleep and the tail end of some annoying virus (infecting me rather than my laptop -- ho-ho-sigh) so I don't expect any major insights to hit the screen as I rattle through the motions here.
I do not blame Simenon for this mood, incidentally. Bet that's put him at ease.
He MIGHT Google this, no...? Ah, a Bing man, eh...? Oh, right. RIP, then.
Really enjoyed this read. Simenon made me feel uncomfortable, impressed and satisfied with a book that had a lot to say about racism. It was first published in 1933. 81 years on and it still seemed relevant. Mind-blowing.
My original reason for picking this up was that I was trying to find another example of behaviourist* POV. Took a roll of the dice with this one. French writer, same publisher as the Manchette translations I've read, it post-dates Hammett's The Maltese Falcon by four years (though I haven't looked into when TMF might have seen a French translation)... alas, this was an example of third person limited (a good example) and not third person objective POV. Still, a worthy read. I'll hunt out more of these romans durs and probably look for a Maigret omnibus too. Some time.
Here's a link to a recent(ish) review of the book on The Guardian website. It seems entirely on point to me.
*a current obsession mentioned and poorly explained in a good portion of the books I've documented since January. I'll actually write a post about the writing POV when I'm more adept at explaining it.
The three leads are Drew Bialy, John Renna and Paul McGinnis, supported by Sam Qualiana, Jessica Zwolak and Alexander McBryde. Drew impressed me in the short film ROAD TEST, and I've worked with everyone else before. We were joined by Rod Durick, who is serving as director of photography, and Chris Cosgrave, who is editing. What can I say? A funny script read by a talented cast. It's going to be a good film - a hilarious film. I can say that because someone else wrote the jokes and I know I cast the right people. Okay, Tamar cast Renna, and once again he's going to prove himself a force of nature.
I still have painting to do, and wardrobe to gather, and catering arrangements to make. I'm rehearsing the three leads next weekend, and then the weekend after that we shoot. It's going to be a jam packed schedule, with Sam doing double duty as assistant director, Arick Szymecki doing special make-up effects, Chris Rados serving as lighting director, Scotty Franklin assisting him, and Chris Cosgrave and Paul alternating on sound. Jeff Strand and Lynne Hansen are coming up for the shoot, and their limbs (as well as those of Tamar and Kaelin) will be pressed into service.
It's going to be fun. I might even smile.
That was the day that the LTD Gallery opened its latest show, featuring artwork inspired by A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE.
I had been hoping to be there in person for the opening, but alas, there's too much work to do and too little time, so I had to stay home and miss it. But don't you guys in Seattle and nearby environs (Vancouver, Portland, Eugene, what have you) make the same mistake. The show will be open until March 23, and it looks as though there's some great stuff there. Check out the piece in WIRED>
It's great to see a gallery like LTD featuring fantasy art. Those of you lucky enough to see the show, do come back here afterwards and let us know how you enjoyed it, and what your favorite pieces were.
- Current Location:Santa Fe
- Current Mood: excited
And why does that make me so pleased? Well, because it was the last little bit I had to write for our long-awaited and much-postponed concordance, THE WORLD OF ICE & FIRE. Which we've been working on (along with many other things) lo, these many years. ((And yes, yes, it's late, what else is new? Please do not blame my faithful collaborators, Elio Garcia and Linda Antonsson. They finished their part ages ago, and tossed the ball to me. What can I say? I remain as slow as ever. And I added a lot.))
Anyway, it's done at last. At least the writing part. Now it is all in the hands of the artists, and our valiant editor Anne Groell. (This will be a coffee table book, heavily and lavishly illustrated, so there's LOTS of art)).
Assuming we don't run into any problems with the art, THE WORLD OF ICE AND FIRE will be released this fall. October, I think, but don't quote me on that.
And HEY, this means another monkey is off my back. Only a couple left gibbering up there now. That little joker monkey, HIGH STAKES. And... gulp...
SON OF KONG.
- Current Location:Santa Fe
- Current Mood: accomplished
Our bar opening at the Jean Cocteau was a huge success. In no small part thanks to Ernie Cline (author of the wonderful READY PLAYER ONE), who turned up with his time machine... ah.. customized DeLorean. And our own Doc Brown... ah... Jules.
Take a look. (Photos by Tara Gibbens)
Miss it? Don't worry. Doc Brown will be bringing his DeLorean back in a few weeks... for BACK TO THE FUTURE 2.
(Oh, and our Flux Capacitor Cocktail was a big hit too).
- Current Location:Santa Fe
- Current Mood: geeky
In other news, getting this off my plate means I still have three potential fills coming up later this year. One is for May, while the other two are pending (She Walks In Darkness, now $500 away from being funded with seven days to go, plus a new Chambers-inspired Carcosa piece for another Joe Pulver anthology). I did a bit of plot noodling on those, then met with Alyx Dellamonica for another writing date, and put a big chunk of Chapter Two in place.
All of which is good, in context, because next week is March Break, and must be dealt with accordingly; Cal's home the whole time, which means I have to find ways to entertain him, aside from the two Surrey Place visits (still on, thank you Jesus), his Speech Language Pathologist, and the long-awaited ear-nose-throat consultation (fiiinally). Being stranded with Cal doesn't usually bode well in terms of working, basically, is what I'm saying, but I guess we'll see.
And tomorrow I have to go do a choir workshop--more new music, on top of everything else they've handed us over the last three weeks--before making sure Cal gets to his music lesson. He has that guy coming to play with him on Sunday, finally, after a few weeks off. Etc.
Then again, today I was in the washroom when I suddenly realized I could hear him singing "Let It Go" from Frozen, all the way through. Hit a nice grace-note at the end, too: "Let the storm rage ONNNNNNNNNN...the cold never bothered me anyway." My Disney princess-obsessed guy.
Ugh, my head really hurts. I have to go to bed.
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