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Me, out and aboot on the Internets.

Just returned from Califa (and Elsewhere) to find a few new pieces re: moi on the internet.

My interview for the Nebula Awards has posted on the Nebula website. Read me expound upon questions both metaphysical and trivial!

And over at SF Signal, I put in my two cents as to the Best Bad Guys in Genre...As I pondered my answer to that question, I realized that IMHO there really are no truly well-done bad guys in traditional fantasy. It's all unspeakable evil (Lovecraft) or unknowable evil (Sauron) or petty evil (your average dark lord). To really get good evil guys you have to go horror (paging Randall Flagg/Bob Gray/The Overlook Hotel) or to what the hoity-toitys call literary fiction (Humbert? Humbert?). In fact, as I pondered this question is occurred to me that while many many traditional fantasies are all about the battle for good and evil, oft-times the good is boring and the bad banal. Of course, I guess I'm thinking of the word-cube fantasies here, or maybe just Tolkien-y wannabes.

In other parts of my life, I am really enjoying parts of this season of TRUE BLOOD. It's a silly show, and has a tendency to really blow as far as the genre elements go (perhaps the writers figure since they are making up the supernatural crap it doesn't matter if there's no logic to it?) but some of the dialogue is great, and I am totally adoring Jason Stackhouse, who has to be one of the most appealing morons to ever be presented on the tiny screen. He is dumber than a sack of hair, but his heart is so good...I tried to read the books and couldn't get by the awful prose, but the tv show is good clean dirty fun, and I recommend it for a pop-corn entertainment.

In yet other parts of my world, I finally finished the rough draft of FLORA'S FURY. Whew. Glad that is over. It was a challenge wrapping up stuff, but not too tightly, and as I got closer and closer to the end, I started thinking....hmmm...I hate to leave Flora here, I wonder if there might be another book. Maybe. But first things first, getting this one off my plate. I think it turned out well, if rough. After two books, it's hard to come up with new stuff, but I think I did, and def. moved Flora out of her comfort zone. Plus, if you think Flora screwed up before...well...wait till you hear what bone-headed trouble she gets into this time...

Saw PONYO last week. It was cute. Not his best, but entertaining none-the-less. Also saw the preview for WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE, which may actually be the greatest kids movie since I dunno, WIZARD OF OZ, maybe, but the preview had been edited to make it look totally stupid.

Oh, I am reading WICKED GENTLEMEN by Ginn Hale. It's a little slashy, which I didn't expect, but don't mind, and I think the world building--a kind of weird Neo-19th century city with demons and really hot military inquisitors, like if the Salvation Army was actually trying to salvate you--is quite good. I'm enjoying it, and frankly, I don't enjoy much fantasy anymore. There is a same of a sameness to so much out there--and not just genre either--tons of good stuff, but just good stuff. Very little that seems to me to be really outstanding. So these days I mostly just read the Financial Times. I am captivated by the adventures of  Tyler Brule, his mother and his boyfriend, as they jet from one part of the world to another, spreading style and heaping scorn on British Airways and other legacy air carriers.

That's all I got. Between the book and my delicious teacup human master, there's not much room for anything else.

Yr. obt. svt.,

Y.S. Wilce

p.s. Is anyone going to World Fantasy? We'll be on the West Coast and probably will pop in one day, to show off Teacup Human and see friends...if you wish to be one of those friends, please let me know so we can coordinate!
 


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tanaise
Sep. 10th, 2009 07:06 pm (UTC)
Aw, teacup human!

Also, I am pro-Ponyo for its realistic depiction of small redheaded girls. And I don't know what trailer you saw, but the ones I have seen make me get all choked up and borderline weepy. In adult ways, not small child awesomeness ways, so they'll love it, and I'll go through a box of tissues.
yswilce
Sep. 10th, 2009 09:18 pm (UTC)
we must have seen a different trailer then. or my heart is as cold and hard as, well, very cold and hard! Also, the profile of Spike Jonze in the NYT last weekend totally put me off the movie. There's a thin line between being able to recapture what it means to be kid, and just being childish, and Mr. Jonze, according to the preview, seems to be on the wrong side of that line. YMMV.
_stranger_here
Sep. 10th, 2009 08:40 pm (UTC)
I'll be at World Fantasy! Let me know when you'll be around and I'll look for you.

Also, "good clean dirty fun" is a perfect description of True Blood.
yswilce
Sep. 10th, 2009 09:18 pm (UTC)
Great! I'll let you know what day we'll be there...and hopefully we can get together!
oracne
Sep. 10th, 2009 09:32 pm (UTC)
I REALLY didn't like either trailer I saw for WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE. Then again, I thought the idea of making a movie from that book was a bad idea generally.

I loved WICKED GENTLEMEN. I want the author to write more. Apparently she is an artist, as well.
yswilce
Sep. 10th, 2009 09:56 pm (UTC)
That would account for the cool cover! And I agree that making a movie of WTWTA was not a good idea...but some people can't resist the temptation to mess with a good thing. And Hollywood can't resist the temptation to cash in on anything they think they can cash in on.

Edited at 2009-09-10 10:01 pm (UTC)
ellen_datlow
Sep. 11th, 2009 02:49 am (UTC)
I'll be at WFC and I REALLY want to see you!
yswilce
Sep. 11th, 2009 02:53 am (UTC)
Moi too! I'll let you know as soon as we figure out what day we're planning on attending!
ellen_datlow
Sep. 11th, 2009 02:54 am (UTC)
Good! Email me when you know.
ellen_datlow
Sep. 11th, 2009 02:55 am (UTC)
I'll also be in SF for a couple of days after.
sanguine_piskie
Sep. 11th, 2009 05:41 am (UTC)
Hello,

What is a word-cube fantasy?

Thank you,
Anna Marie
yswilce
Sep. 11th, 2009 04:05 pm (UTC)
It's one of those huge fat fantasy novels that runs to about 1000 pages!

I like your icon!
sanguine_piskie
Sep. 11th, 2009 11:22 pm (UTC)
Thanks.
snowball999
Nov. 9th, 2009 11:07 am (UTC)
Flora's Fury
As an admirer of your words in print, I am very excited to hear that the draft of the third adventure is finished. Even more so, because there is a glimmer of chance that it can go beyond three installments. Somehow since the first book I always thought that it might be logical to stop once Califa had won its independence. And by the end of the second book it seems still a long way. But I might be mistaken. I have full faith in your ability to put Flora through something exciting to live through and to read about.
Best of luck and inspiration regarding polishing that draft. I am all patience and anticipation.
yswilce
Nov. 19th, 2009 05:34 am (UTC)
Re: Flora's Fury
Well, I can promise you that even if Flora's adventures don't continue past this book, I am not done with Califa yet! I have many other Califa stories fermenting in my head! And thanks for the good wishes on finishing the final draft. I am still plugging away...but it is shaping up nicely, albeit slowly!
(Anonymous)
Nov. 12th, 2009 11:25 pm (UTC)
Would you ever think about making the Flora Books into a movie?
IK me and my friends are dying for the Flora series to come out in a movie would you want that to happen?
yswilce
Nov. 19th, 2009 05:32 am (UTC)
Re: Would you ever think about making the Flora Books into a movie?
A movie would be awesome, of course! Of course, it's not up to me--and so far Hollywood has not been knocking on my door. But it would be very fun to see Udo and Flora up on a big screen.
mel_123
Feb. 10th, 2010 12:50 am (UTC)
Re: Would you ever think about making the Flora Books into a movie?
If they do get made into a movie you have to make sure that the books don't get massacred like with so many others. Like Twilight. The books were amazing and i saw the movie and it ruined them. I love Flora. Best books i've read in a while!
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