May - 21 - 2010
I know a lot of folks were disappointed that The Fiddler’s Gun: Letters was kept to a print run of only 100 copies. To be honest, I didn’t expect to enjoy the project as much as I did. It took on a life of its own during the writing, providing a couple of fun story arcs and what was, for me as a writer, an enjoyable way of getting to learn more about my characters and explore their lives in ways that didn’t make sense within the context of the novel. What I was left with in the end was a little book that I really loved but had, unfortunately, committed to a limited printing of only a hundred. Well, I told myself, I’ll release the digital version a little later and folks can read it that way.
One of my prime complaints against digital books, however, is that they require a certain sterility of design due to the limitations of the software and hardware that they are read on. It is true that the final worth of a book is found in its writing, in its words, and that’s not something that’s significantly altered by a font or a page margin. I really felt though, that part of the charm of The Fiddler’s Gun: Letters was in its design...Read the entire post
May - 19 - 2010
Thanks to all of the readers out there telling your friends about the book. You are the reason The Fiddler’s Gun has been such a success. But don’t stop! Let your local bookstores (especially independent bookstores ) know that if they aren’t stocking The Fiddler’s Gun then they are, as a reader told me lately, ‘missing the boat’.
And remember, if you send me a picture of yourself posing next to the book stocked on the shelf in your local store, you’ll get a free advanced reading copy of The Fiddler’s Green later this year.
Speaking of The Fiddler’s Green, it’s almost finished. Just a few days ago I sent Part I: A Voyage to Stranger Seas to my editor. While she’s going through it, I’m finishing up the last few chapters of the second half of the manuscript. I think it’s shaping up to be...Read the entire post
May - 12 - 2010
After a lot of planning and hand-wringing by members of the Rabbit Room team, we’ve finally unveiled what we hope will be a meaningful event for years to come. It will take place on August 6-8th this year and we’ve christened it, the Hutchmoot. The goal is to provide a weekend of conversation, community, tasty food, good music, and great literature.
I’m excited to be a part of a session called “Perfected in Weakness” along with two wonderfully insightful writers, S.D. Smith and Travis Prinzi. We’ll be talking about literary themes of triumph through weakness and humility and I’m confident that it’ll provide folks with some good meat to chew on. Recommended reading for the session is the work of Walt Wangerin and J.R.R. Tolkien. I’m pretty sure there are some applicable angles in The Fiddler’s Gun as well.
The part of the weekend that I’m most excited about, however, is our special guest and keynote speaker, Walt Wangerin, Jr.
In my mind, meeting and hearing Walt Wangerin, Jr. speak is tantamount to meeting J.R.R. Tolkien or C.S. Lewis in the flesh. Wangerin’s work has been a giant inspiration to me. His National Book Award-winning The Book of the Dun Cow is one of my favorite books of all time, as is its sequel The Book of Sorrows. Wangerin is a master of elegant prose and complex character, and he’s a diligent miner of deep spiritual truth through imaginative fiction.
If you’re coming to Hutchmoot 2010, I look forward to seeing you there.