Thursday, January 29, 2009

It could have been an exciting day yesterday

Yesterday, just from looking at the news, could have been a very exciting day in the life. It looks like I just missed being involved in a high speed chase through the streets of Council Bluffs, IA and had I taken the Interstate just a little later I could have witnessed a motorcycle crash. I am still trying to figure out what the hell a motorcycle was doing out when it didn't get above 20 degrees. To top it off the rider wasn't wearing a helmet. WTF! I think he must have been high. It is the only explanation I have for that one. To top it all off my wife biffed a deer with her car (probably one I took a shot at earlier this year). the car is still drivable and the deer ran away so it could have been much, much worse.

I did, finally, get my first acceptance of the year yesterday. It is a little for-the-love market for a flash piece I had written earlier this month called Premonition. It is more dark fantasy than horror but I am fine with that. I don't know when it is supposed to come out but I will post it when it does.

I am currently reading King's newest book, Just After Sunset. It is different than most of his other collections of short stories. While it is well written, it does not feel like King. You can tell when you are reading the stories (mind you I am only about a third of the way through it right now) that he took his time with them. They are very deliberate and slower paced stories than he wrote in his earlier books. I think it is the sign of a maturing writer, one who has the luxury of writing what he wants and can do it however he chooses. I am looking forward to seeing how the rest of the book compares and if he will continue to veer away from his roots while staying in the forest.

Have a great day.

16 comments:

Jeremy D Brooks said...

Congrats on the acceptance and, for all intents and purposes, not having an exciting day...that's the kind of excitement one can do without, I think.

Jamie Eyberg said...

I have been hit by so many cars (while a pedestrian and in them) that I have lost count.

Catherine J Gardner said...

I have 'Just after Sunset' on my shelf, but I haven't delved into it yet. Too many books, too little time.

Congrats on the acceptance - which magazine accepted it? Need more details. :)

Aaron Polson said...

Congrats, and here's to many more to come.

Dark fantasy can be more thoughtful than horror, in my humble opinon. At least my DF stories are more thoughtful than my straight horror. From what I've read of yours, you tend to lean to the thoughtful side of the ledger.

That deer wanted revenge, by the way. Glad your wife, and the car, are relatively okay.

K.C. Shaw said...

Congrats on the acceptance! Just the first of many, I'm positive.

You know that deer was just out for revenge. You have to watch those herbivores, they're vicious. I'm glad your wife (and car) got out without trauma.

Jamie Eyberg said...

Cate- the site is flashesinthedark.com

Aaron- I still have a ways to catch up to your success this year but here is hoping.
I will take my revenge on the deer next season. I hope.

K.C.- Herbivores are the bane of my yard. Between deer and rabbits I have lost more trees. When you add the cumulative car damage . . .

Jeremy D Brooks said...

Wait, I'm seeing a pattern here:

Zombie warning signs: http://www.kxan.com/dpp/news/Road_signs_warn_of_zombies

Aggressive deer sightings...

GRA-A-A-AINS...!

Rob Brooks said...

Congrats on the acceptance! It was only a matter of time.

My sister and her fam were just in Council Bluffs over the weekend. Small world.

Jamie Eyberg said...

the town has a rich history. It is the future that I am worried about. (I lived there for a couple of years and it scared the hell out of me.)

Barry Napier said...

Congrats!

As for Just After Sunset, I was pleased overall, but there were a few disappointments. I WILL say that the one story that you could tell was rushed (A Very Tight Place((I think))) turned out to be my favorite. Stationary Bike was great, too.

Jamie Eyberg said...

I am reading Stationary Bike right now. Liking it so far.

Natalie L. Sin said...

I miss old King, but I understand. You can't expect someone to stay static for all those years! I have tattoos that prove that ; )

BT said...

Just After Sunset is on my to get and review list. I've heard a very wide range of thoughts on it so it's a must that I get it myself.

Horror, Dark Fantasy, etc - there's a reason I call it all Dark Fiction. If it has a shriveled little black heart then it doesn't matter what genre it fits in - it's all dark fiction.

Congrats on the acceptance Jamie.

Question: Sales you make to 4theluv markets, do you pitch the around at paying markets first?

Inquiring minds want to know?

Danielle Ferries said...

Woo Hoo! Congratulations on the acceptance. I love the word "premonition", it just screams creepiness.

I enjoyed Just After Sunset. I don't think King is every going to return to the days of The Shining and Carrie but I still buy his books as soon as they come out and enjoy them for different reasons.

Jamie Eyberg said...

BT- this one I didn't but most of my stories do start with the pro markets and work their way down.

Danielle- I am enjoying it so far and it is fun (I have read most of his books as they come out) to see the progression, and the regression he made in the 80's, he has made as a writer.

Jameson T. Caine said...

Congrats on the first of many acceptances in 2009!