October 11, 2008
October 9, 2008
I was thrilled to find out that not only did Spark get an Honorable Mention, but it was listed as Ellen Datlow's (one of the editors) favorite story in the anthology! Or, at least it was the first story she mentioned of 4 or 5 she liked. Same diff in my book. :)
This is my second Honorable Mention in the Year's Best anthologies, my first being for my story Forever Young way back in 1996. Hopefully it won't be another 12 years until my next one. Or maybe next time my story will be published in full in the anthology. Hey, a guy can dream.
October 2, 2008
September 3, 2008
September 2, 2008
For myself, I'm practically star-struck. Mort Castle? I think I need to sit down!
Twenty-four writers from around the world, twenty-four stories, one for each Hallo-hour!
Sara Joan Berniker
O’Neil De Noux
Brian A. Hopkins
Barton Paul Levenson
Norma Jean Lipert
Maria E. Schneider
Kristi Petersen Schoonover
Martin R. Soderstrom
Donald P. Willard
20-HALLOWEEN-08 will be released for sale on DVD-Video and PDF on October 1, 2008.
August 19, 2008
Wrong World is a multimedia publisher, with a very cool approach. Stories are distributed on DVD to be read on computer and television screens. They also include voice-over introductions, a la The Twilight Zone. I'm excited to hear the introduction they put together for my story.
"I'm Going to Tell You One More Time" is scheduled for an October 1st release.
July 28, 2008
So how did this start? I think it may be my fault (not that liking Japan is a bad thing, of course). When she was just a baby, I wanted to paint some characters on her playroom walls. Being a good Dad, I of course painted Barney, in all his purple glory. I also painted a cute character I didn't even know the name of. Little did I know how this character would insinuate itself into our lives in the coming years.
It was around this time that my daughter started to show an extraordinary interest in drawing and art. This lead her beyond the video versions of these series into the incredibly intricate trading cards and soon to the anime graphic novels. Being a writer, her interest in the novels was particularly satisfying to me. Of course, up until then I had only been exposed to English graphic novels (i.e. Neil Gaiman's Sandman series and the like) so the structure of the Japanese graphic novels was interesting to me. While in English, the structure was the same as the Japanese versions, each page's panels being read right-to-left. It's like second nature to her, since she's been doing it so long. Mostly, it gives me a headache. :)
Well, she's since moved on to the more mature anime series like Inuyasha, Deathnote, Full Metal Alchemist, etc., but all the while has kept up her drawing. She used to want to be a Vet when she grew up. Now she wants to be an Anime/Manga artist. I guess some parents would prefer the former. Nothing makes me happier than seeing her creatively express herself. And the kid is good. Here's a couple of her most recent drawings:
July 26, 2008
Well, in an attempt to have SOME control, Milo and Kiersten went to Puppy Kindergarten recently. I had no idea this existed, either. In any case, Milo, at four months old today, graduated last week. I guess if he didn't he'd have to go to some sort of Puppy Summer School, which would make no sense, since the school was in the summer. Anyways...
And now I would like to present, the dynamic duo:
July 24, 2008
In short, I thought it sucked.
It was no surprise to me that it was cancelled after only 4 years. Every series in the franchise since Kirk's had ran a full seven years before going away of their own volition. I was still a Bakula fan, so losing a chance to see him (wooden or not) was sad; and I still liked the Star Trek universe, so moving into the first time in almost 20 years when there wasn't at least one ST series in production was strange. But it seemed inevitable.
And, as they say, time passed. Tick tock. Flash forward to Spring of this year.
I have a PVR (a DVR to some...basically a Canadian version of Tivo) and I've developed a habit of picking an older show that's on in reruns (usually once a day) and setting the box to record the show whenever it's on. It's my little "the days over, wash over me boobtube" treat. And it's kind of neat to watch a show's entire library in a couple of months.
Well, I'd just finished watching all 6 years worth of The Rockford Files and was looking for another show to record. I knew Enterprise was in reruns (and had been for a while) but my memory (I thought) was still a little sour on it. But I noticed they were about to start the Expanse arc, which I seemed to recall I thought was pretty neat with the Spheres and gravimetric anomolies and all, so I figured I'd watch a few for the hell of it. I set the box and pretty much forgot about it.
A few weeks later I had a whack of shows recorded and came down with the flu (I'm sure the two events weren't cause and effect). So I watched them. And they were good. Really good. From then on, it was rare if my PVR spooled more than a show or two before I watched it. All the way to the end of the fourth season. Except for the terrible last few episodes, this wasn't the show I remembered at all. The characters had flaws and depth, the writing was, for the most part, crisp and reverent, and I didn't even mind the theme song anymore. In fact, I was starting to really like it.
Well like I said, the final season wrapped up, and the network wrapped around and started showing the series from the beginning again. I hadn't picked another show, and the PVR was still set, so I figured I'd watch a few again. Well, damn, these were good too! I don't know if it was knowing how the characters were going to develop made them more fun to watch in their broadcast infancy or what, but I'm still watching. I'm just about to where I first started watching the reruns and I have to say, I'm really going to miss this experience.
It may be some sort of homage to the original series' popularity (it was never as popular as when it was in reruns) or maybe the idea that it was the last of a dynasty and there's no more to be had right now. In any case, I'd highly recommend giving it a second look if you felt the same way I did the first time around.
You might just be surprised.
July 23, 2008
July 22, 2008
July 21, 2008
I watched all three parts with my daughter and when the final credits came up she said "That's it? That makes it not even worth watching." I think that's a little harsh, but you get the sentiment.
I'm glad I watched, for several reasons, and I'd still recommend it, but just go in knowing the yummy-blog-goodness isn't quite as long-lasting as it should be.
July 19, 2008
All three parts are available for free until midnight Sunday, afterwhich you'll still be able to get them off itunes, but not for free. Eventually there's suppose to be a DVD, but I'm guessing they might charge for that.
Anyways, go see this. Now. I mean it.
April 14, 2008
Don't Turn the Lights On is now available from the publisher Stone Garden, as well as from Amazon, Books-A-Million, Barnes and Noble, Powell's and even Libreria Universitaria.
"...an entertaining read."
- Christopher Fulbright, author of WHEN IT RAINS and BLOOD COVEN
"...talented writers, and chilling tales..."
- Scott Nicholson, author of THEY HUNGER
"...look out for these authors...quite brilliant...originality and flair."
- Derek Gunn, author of VAMPIRE APOCALYPSE
We also received our first review for the book at Ghost Writer Reviews. Here's what they said about my story, THE POND:
“The Pond” by Martin Soderstrom; this is an old story about the Loch Ness monster. This amazing legend has been lingering since the 1930’s and more than 4,000 people have told this tale of tales. The Nessie has been reported as early as the 6th century. This story is filled with a great imaginative twist that will leave you wanting more. I have always loved this story and this author really takes this turn of events to a new height.
I'm wonderfully pleased, to say the least.