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friday, august 28, 2009

Jolt to Go Soon to Press

Here I am. Just five years later. Very exciting.  Yesterday Draft #4 of Jolt: A rural noir arrived from the designer, final except for its PCN -- which also arrived yesterday. And then, today, the next to final proof arrived for its dust jacket. Gorgeous! (As soon as it is final, I'll post it.) This means that with any luck, Jolt will go to press next week to arrive back in time for release by 9/11, the anniversary of that fateful day that rocked the world, shook me to my very core, and caused me to five years ago to start to write the book in first place.

Will keep you apprised of its progress.

RMR in Po-Town

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tuesday, august 25, 2009

On other writers writing about mass events

I believe that there is an emerging American-based literary genre of rather soft science fiction that emanates from the after-effects of 9/11. It would include novels such as Jolt by Roberta M. Roy robertamroy.com and Burnt Images by Kamila Shamsie kamilashamsie.com . These works of fiction, while primarily addressing the effects of a mass event on the community's psyche and social network and without going too deeply into the gore and suffering, do attempt to share some scientifically-based information . As with the earlier noirs of the theater, these novels do however also suggest a degree of cynicism mixed with, rather than the realism of post-WWII, the realism of post-9/11. 

One such book that comes to mind is Mad Cow Nightmare by Nancy Means Wright (nancymeanswright.com). If you click on her site, you'll see that Nancy also writes children's books such as The Great Circus Train Robbery , an Agatha Award Finalist.

But back to noirs: Nancy calls the Mad Cow Nightmare a rural noir.

By the time I read Mad Cow, Jolt was done. Nonetheless, I immediately recognized the link between the two books so I incorporated 'a rural noir' as Jolt's subtitle and it became and remains, Jolt: A rural noir.

Musings by RMR in Po-Town

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monday, august 24, 2009

Bloggin's a Blast
What's nice about blogging is that you hear from friends you haven't heard from in a dog's age.  This week alone, three I always liked--just our paths split--sent me emails. That was fun. Maybe they'll write again.

Today I learned from one of my sisters that the site won't take blog responses. I've yet to figure out why. Tonight I changed the settings. Let's see if that works.  

Back now to proofing Jolt: A rural noir--for the seventh or eighth time--with the goal of getting it to the printer by Friday at which point my biggest decision will be whether or not to go with 250 copies and POD. (That's Print on Demand.) 

It would help if I knew whether or not Jolt will hit the NYTimes best seller list.  Or if I had been born rich. (That's because I really want to order 1500 offset copies.) Neither being the case, I suppose I'll go with POD. Smaller initial investment. Just costs more per book. Hmmm.

But I'm a writer not a business woman.

Can one be both?

RMR in Po-Town
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sunday, august 23, 2009

Published site
Started at 7:00 this a.m. 2:25 p.m. Published fledgling first page of Alva Press, Inc. RMR
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First day on website
8/22/09 First day blogging.  Still struggling to get Jolt: A rural noir out in time for the anniversary of 9/11.  First-in review by fellow novelist Nancy Means Wright describes it as "futuristic", "well written and researched", and filled with "chilling detail of the aftermath of a nuclear fallout."

Ah. But all is not perfect in Joltsville . . . that's a term I cooked up to describe the current health of Jolt on the market. Why? Well,an acquaintance of mine, John, a nuclear physicist and oncologist who has treated persons with radiation sickness says Jolt lacks 'punch'; for him it lacks sufficient trauma and upheaval. Still, he was drawn into the relationship between Thaw and Natalie and noted that the way I nuanced and detailed people's daily lives in Jolt was excellent.Hmmm.

That said, can't wait to read John's quote, en route from Durango,CO. Should arrive Thursday. I'll use it on Jolt's cover . . . if I dare . . . which I will probably will and, in so doing, shoot myself in the foot, so to speak.

But hey! I needed a comment from an honest-to-Besty real live scientist.  My only hope is that John will not refute the accuracy of my research regarding survival following release of ionizing radiation. 

In other, I referred him to Kamila Shamsie's novel about a Nagasaki survivor, Burnt Shadows
and Nancy Means Wright's exploration of a community frozen with fear over Mad Cow Disease in Mad Cow Nightmare. Both books avoid over-dramatization yet they do have their impact and people are reading them.

Roberta in Po-town
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