Word of the day:


  /ˌtɪntɪˌnæbyəˈleɪʃən/ [tin-ti-nab-yuh-ley-shuhn]
the ringing or sound of bells.
Arrrrgh. I just spent hours revising an essay I planned to submit to the Internet Review of Science Fiction, only to read this after I tried to send it: "We are sorry: IROSF is now closed to submissions. After the February 2010 issue, IROSF will be suspending operations indefinitely."

Curses. That was a fantastic e-zine. And a well-paying one, for that matter.

In better news, I cried all the way through the movie "Up" tonight. This is good simply because I was told if you don't cry within the first five minutes, you have no heart. Well, regardless if that's true or not, it was a tearjerker. No wonder it took us five days to rent the movie. The 100+ copies at the rental store were completely sold out each time we went there.
I'm not dead yet!

With that out of the way, I'll sheepishly admit I've been neglecting this journal lately, but that's about to change. I've spent an ungodly amount of time crafting my first website, which with any luck will be up and running today, and guess which journal is going to be featured on the main page? Yep. So I'm going to try and update this more regularly. Please let me know what you think of the layout. If there are any problems, let me know. The site:


A quick update on writerly things. If you haven't read my latest articles at the Internet Review of Science Fiction, check out my Tokyo movie review and critical essay on the speculative fiction Dark Matter anthologies.

Also of note on my website. If anyone is interested in my latest writing project, I will be working on a narrative nonfiction book of interviews with people who have been positively affected by Michael Jackson's friendship and/or charity work. There is a link to the project on my homepage for more information.

It's good to be back!
bacchus: (Default)
( Sep. 15th, 2009 02:34 am)
First off, today I found out that The Internet Review of Science Fiction accepted the article I wrote about the movie Tokyo! If you are interested in foreign, independent films, I recommend watching it. In my article I approach the film from a sociological perspective, analyzing the story within the context of modern Japan. You can find it up on the site in October or November. I'll make sure to update when it's available.

Secondly, I wanted to link the short review [personal profile] ivoryandhorn posted about my St. Patrick article. She also wrote something up a while ago about my Mists of Avalon article. I just wanted to let everyone know that concrit is always welcome. I'm not easily offended, and I value opposing viewpoints.

Thirdly, a moment of Sheer Fangirl. MICHEAL JACKSON WROTE A NOVEL?! About a rock star who is struggling with fame? I. Just. Died. And. Went. To. Heaven.


I'm not exaggerating when I say Michael Jackson was one of my earliest writerly influences, with his collection of poems and essays. I'm just sayin' if anyone is looking for a great Christmas present for me ... the first edition Dancing the Dream. It's out of print and I cry (not really but really) when I see someone selling it on ebay. Because I can't afford it. ETA: Okay, it looks like Doubleday in the UK actually wants to make money, so they re-released the book there. Whew, so I don't actually have to fork over hundreds of dollars to get a used copy! I still don't understand why Doubleday USA isn't re-releasing it. It's not as if there's no market for it. @_@

But if New York is honestly planning to release a supposed MJ novel? I will be like this for months on end *_*
bacchus: (Rub Me On Your Butt!)
( Jul. 27th, 2009 04:20 am)
My article Saint Patrick, the Irish Druids, and the Conversion of Pagan Ireland to Christianity is up! I'm waaaaay too happy it's the first one listed on the main Strange Horizons page. Lol, and good ole St. Patty looks so confused in that picture.

I'd love to hear what you all think. :)
bacchus: (Smokin')
( Jul. 18th, 2009 02:04 am)
I'm super happy to announce that my St. Patrick article for Strange Horizons is now galleyed with an expected publication date of July 27. The revisions for this were minimal (my favorite kind :) I'll of course include a link to the article once it's up on the website.

More news. I wasn't sure if I should write about this yet, but what the hell. I was named a finalist for The Loft Literary Center's Mentor Series, one of twenty people total. Even if I'm not part of the lucky twelve who eventually go on to develop mentorships with amazing authors, I feel flattered to be chosen for final consideration. I was skeptical that my work would be taken seriously, since I really don't write literary fiction. I just don't have a knack for it. But I guess Edo period Japan prevailed.
Ahh, it's been too long since I updated. In terms of writing, I've ... sort of put off my novel for a week. I feel bad, but I did do some location research i.e. I took a trip to Forest Lake to check out the high school, lakes, and general neighborhood. On the home front, I interviewed for a job at the JCC, celebrated my mother's birthday with the fam, and have been mourning the loss of Michael Jackson. Sadly, I did not win tickets to see the memorial in LA on Tuesday. But then, there were 1.6 million people vying for 17,000 slots. I should point out that not only was MJ a wonderful dancer, singer, and humanitarian, he was also a writer I found inspiring as a child. RIP Michael.
bacchus: (Default)
( Jun. 12th, 2009 09:43 pm)
I haz a new default icon.
bacchus: (Default)
( Jun. 11th, 2009 06:35 pm)

Your result for Which fantasy writer are you?...

Ursula K Le Guin (b. 1929)

15 High-Brow, -1 Violent, -25 Experimental and 1 Cynical!

Read more... )
bacchus: (Default)
( Jun. 3rd, 2009 10:53 pm)
So I'm trying my hand at honest-to-goodness literary fiction. It's a genre I'm not entirely confident about writing, but I feel I have to at least attempt to win the Minnesota Monthly Tamarack Award. Chance of winning if I submit nothing: 0%. Chance of winning if I submit a piece I feel strongly about: no idea. If anyone wants to be my beta reader for a short piece (under 4000 words) about life as a Minnesota suburban teenager, hit me up.
bacchus: (Smokin')
( May. 28th, 2009 03:51 pm)
You know, sometimes a nice rejection can be more enlightening than an acceptance. I was fortunate enough to receive a short critique today for "The Queen's Man" (also under submission elsewhere) from an editor at a prominent fantasy magazine. If my story isn't accepted by the other magazine I sent it to, now I know what to do to make it a better story. I was also shocked at the positive things the editor had to say about it, since I didn't think that particular story showcased those skills (it is flash fiction, meaning a short-short, so you don't have much room to excel at certain things.) A personal response is so much better than a form letter rejection!
bacchus: (Default)
( May. 23rd, 2009 05:44 pm)
*cry of relief*

Thanks to everyone who answered my last entry. Though I tried your suggestions, they didn't seem to work for me. But after tinkering with MS Word I found something that did.

So anyone interested in changing a document with paragraphs separated by a double-return (no tabs) into a document that is indented with tabs (no spaces between paragraphs) this is what worked for me. Granted, there is probably an easier way to do it, but I have no idea what that might be. If I deviate even a little bit from my formula, it doesn't work.

Cut for length )
bacchus: (Sea Snakes)
( May. 21st, 2009 07:39 pm)
I have a MS Word problem.

Nevermind, solved! )
I've been clicking "save" on my MS Word documents every time I put down a new paragraph. And now it's paid off. Paranoia's prepared me for a full-scale power outage. Vindication is mine!
bacchus: (Smokin')
( May. 18th, 2009 08:28 pm)
Lol, fame on the small scale. My college just wrote a blurb about me on its alumnae website for winning the Research and Creative Work on Women Award. They wanted a pic, so I sent them my srs bsns writerly Photo of Seriousness.
bacchus: (Default)
( May. 13th, 2009 10:45 pm)
I'm really surprised and disappointed to hear that Paradox: The Magazine of Historical and Speculative Fiction will be closing this May. I'm not quite sure what will happen to the articles I had planned to submit to Paradox. I don't know of any other magazine that focuses on historical fiction and non-fiction for a general audience. Paradox will be missed. Let's hope that they eventually change to an online-based magazine like Strange Horizons.
bacchus: (Default)
( May. 5th, 2009 06:01 pm)
Welcome to my new journal! (Thanks for the invite code, [personal profile] kylara . :D)  I'll be using this mainly to update folks on my writing career.  But be warned, there might be the occasional randomness. 

I'm really excited to announce that I just sold another non-fiction article to Strange Horizons! This one is called “Saint Patrick, the Irish Druids & the Conversion of Pagan Ireland to Christianity.” I will update as soon as it goes up on the site, but based on the length of time it took to edit my last article, that may not be for a while. (Old article “Medieval Mindsets: Narrative Theory and The Mists of Avalon” can be found here)

I honestly don't think it should take that long, though. The first article I submitted required a srs bsns rewrite to change the original scholarly voice to one that was more accessible to a general audience (no more jargon). I fretted and procrastinated over that for a whole summer before I sent in a better version, so that delay was all me. There were lots of smaller editing issues to tackle after that. But a year and a half later I was able to call myself a published writer, so it was definitely worth it.

Also for those who might not know, my novel excerpt for "The Oracle of Bacchus" won my college's Research and Creative Work on Women Award in the alumna category sponsored by the Abigail Quigley McCarthy Center for Women. For not an insubstantial amount of money, I might add. *g*