|The author, Dane F. Baylis|
Share Some Industry News and My Thoughts On It
This one definitely comes under the heading of, "Are You Kidding?" I'm like Rip Van Winkle. As far as the "industry" goes I went in to a self-induced coma a decade and a half ago and you all moved everything while I was gone! It's like looking forlornly into the refrigerator and realizing someone has eaten my key lime pie!
The major houses are shrinking, the e-book is on the ascendant, and people are ripping out novel length work in three months or less on an assembly line like basis! The Internet has afforded everyone the opportunity to be an author, or at least to write a vampire romance set in a Midwest high school where the principal is a werewolf scientologist. Most of those leave you wishing someone would ram a stake through the chest of the next person who buys a copy of Scrivener software and contributes to the clone war. Then there's that long forgotten programming artifact. Does no one remember what the spell check function is for??? And don't even get me going on confessional poetry being written by people who have never done anything that warrants confessing. GAWD, I so need another cup of coffee!
Okay, I'm over it. Really, there's no need for the Tazer! I have Wolfe and Pynchon, Clancy and Snyder, Chaucer and Hunter S. Thompson and a dream that when I'm done with the outlining and character profiles, the scene lists and the subplots, I'll peddle my baby around like some perverse literary pimp. If it finds a home I will be ecstatic...and if it doesn't...well,hey, I tried. Maybe the next one? In between times there's caffeine induced insomnia to supply delusional symbolism to grit poetry.
Still accepting short fiction to 1200 hundred words, poetry to 25 lines and well thought out essays for the Your Work/Your Love page. Feel free to follow or subscribe. I truly enjoy the company, I just go a little schizo every once in a while! Drop me a line in the comment spot at the bottom of the page. Just say high or tear into me if that's your want. As the saying goes, I've broad shoulders.
As always...live, love, write.
Dane F. Baylis