Authors exploring new territory or staying within the same lane?

14 March 2019 at 10:10 am CDT

One of the reasons I think I admire authors like China Miéville, who demonstrate a desire and ability to play in various genres, is that they seem to be creative in a deeper sense than an author who stays in an established lane.

Who are other authors you’ve followed because of their intentional motivation to explore new territory? (Often foregoing book deals in the process.)

To me, fantasy can (and should) continue to explore new territory and continue to show how it is indeed Art in the sense that it is exploration.

Now, I may have conflated what an author can do and what a genre can do, although of course what happens in a book and between authors and readers is always an ongoing conversation.

This would get us into another line of discussion, perhaps, around what we as Readers look for. Are we content within an orderly space where certain conventions work or are we willing to peek outside the garden walls from time to time? Where does a balance of order and chaos enter into our field of vision and desire as Readers?

David Mitchell - What I've Read Lately

10 December 2018 at 12:19 pm CST

On a trip to Savannah, Georgia this weekend to visit friends, I took along David Mitchell's The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet.

I've been quite impressed by the prose, the character development, and the level setting detail.

Reading this book and looking into Mr. Mitchell's career, I'm considering a different approach to the ongoing work on Eolian Dunes.

I need to let those potentialities wander about my dreamspace for a time before setting out on a proper adventure, though.

Word Brew 6 at Kieran's

24 November 2018 at 11:31 am CST

Alongside a dozen local writers, I read from Sound of Stone on October 28, 2018.

November Update

23 November 2018 at 3:18 pm CST

2018 has been a good year of writing.

Rise to the Rahz came out in May. Followed closely by Sound of Stone in September. The feedback has been solid on both. Start with RttR if you're new to the Known Caverns.

Next up is Eolian Dunes. I'm planning to submit to agents in early 2019.

Also, you may have noticed a CRISPY new website. All this is thanks to Eric Buisson, who was also the cover designer and cover illustrator for both Rise to the Rahz and Sound of Stone. I expect we will continue collaborating. It is fun to find people I enjoy working with and who take amazing ownership/creativity in their work.

Chat soon! Get on my mailing list for updates about my writing life and what I'm reading.

Cheers -Erik

Sound of Stone

The Shade of the Shadows races against time to decipher a secret locked in stone before it is lost forever under strain of intractable change.

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