An Interview with Lorna Suzuki

I’m honored today to have been invited to speak with Lorna Suzuki, author of the fantasy series The Imago Chronicles and The Dream Merchant Saga–a real heavyweight in the community (She even has a major motion picture optioned and in development!). She invited me to interview on her blog, All Kinds of Writing, and it was my pleasure to set to scribbling out some answers for her.

Therein, we discuss my books, The Hollow March and At Faith’s End, as well as the state of modern publishing, my inspirations, and even my literary ambitions for the future. Really, it’s a wealth of goodies that includes some history and future alike – including the finale to The Haunted Shadows series. Family, Vengeance, and a bit of magic-laced gunpowder–it’s all there, goodly people.

Head on over to All Kinds of Writing to read the interview.

You can also find Lorna:

Going Literary: The Imago Books Fantasy Realm Website
Blogging: All Kinds of Writing Blog
On Twitter: @LornaSuzuki

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Photography Site Live!

If you’ve been following me on Twitter (@aurinth), you probably have heard me rambling on about a new venture of mine, among other things. While I do so love to engage myself in the written word, I also have a passion for photography – you’ve undoubtedly seen bits and pieces of my work scattered here and there about this blog – and that passion has finally (belatedly, some lecture me) into making a website dedicated to that passion.

Galford Photography is a Wix-based site pertaining to all categories of my work. Portfolios including portraiture, nature and landscape, city and architecture, as well as my editorial photography, all make an appearance. Through the site, those interested will also now be able to contact me regarding potential photography work, whether requesting services for some grand new venture, or simply regarding interest in one of the myriad numbers of images already swirling through the galleries.

The real challenge in getting the thing up and running, I would say, was in going back through all my photo archives looking for the right images to showcase. Goodness. Let me tell you – I knew I loved photography, but my own library startled me at just how many images I had lying in wait. Suffice to say, it took me many hours to weed through, and I’ll confess my efforts on commenting for One Shot certainly took a hit for it (don’t hurt me!)…but the end result was a vastly more efficient archiving of my files, and a glittering new website ready and waiting to go. Plus, it kept me out of the 95+ degree June we had going on around us the last few days.

I mean, what was up with that?

But I digress. Now that I can breathe a bit again, I think I’ll be off to actually partake of a little more photography, rather than simply staring at my collected works of it. Certainly enough to stir a bit of the wanderlust in a person, let me tell you.

And of course one last shameless self-promotion for the road: http://www.wix.com/galfordc/galfphotography#! Check it out, let me know what you think – and be sure to let me know if you encounter any issues with the site!

Epitaphs and Soundslides

So I learned something valuable yesterday: WordPress does not like Soundslides – no, no it does not.

Attempting to upload the photo essay I made of the Snowpocalypse met with less than desirable success, but I shall see if I can’t work my way around it in the days to come. Where there’s a problem, there’s generally a solution – especially with technology. Might just take a bit of finaygling…

That said, today in honor of that and other frustrations, I give unto you a quick two-liner for all those struggling through the mundane toils of the world. Let’s call it…Epitaph:

Just the tip, said I,

and the world shafted me by and by.

Meanwhile, in the wake of the great snow showers, my friends have taken liberties with the snowy plains of my house and seem to have turned them into a mural. Also started into an underground cave network. Yes, pictures shall follow. Soon, if not today. Perhaps Monday, after tomorrow’s quotes and One Shoot Sunday fun…

Everyone ready for the next photo prompt? We’re engaging a wonderful nature photographer this week named Sean McCormick. I think you’ll enjoy his work very much. Long interview too. We’re thinking of making it a two-parter…extending the One Stop love out for all you happy readers out there. Be sure to check it out.

And to my American friends out there…so, about that Superbowl. All ready for the game?

Celebration of Langston Hughes & the New One Stop!

So I hope you’ve all heard the news – the indomitable One Stop Poetry, which you have all helped to grow to where it is today, has now moved itself across the virtual pond a touch. We’re off of blogger now and onto our own web site…but fear not; just because we moved doesn’t mean any loss to the quality we are committed to bringing you, or to the wonderful poetry you have all shared with us. One Shot Wednesdays and One Shoot Sundays, as well as our weekly One Stop Forms, Spotlights and Celebrations will go on unimpeded…and hopefully better than ever.

It’s interesting to look back sometimes. Just think, it wasn’t that long ago One Stop was just starting out, One Shot Wednesdays was the new thing on the block, a new meme for the creative to enjoy. We were a water cooler for the creative community.  Now, we’re bringing new content to the block every day of the week, with a staff of eight wonderful people all dedicated to the arts we so love. We’ve come a long way in a short period – hell, thanks to your support, we’re #3 in the official art rankings for the Shorty Awards (and actually #1 by vote totals) and #1 in poetry!

Langston Hughes

Kicking things off today is Pete Marshall with our latest Saturday Celebration…and who better to start off the new site with than Langston Hughes? Here’s a preview:

“Researching Saturday Celebrations often throw out a great surprise and none more so for me this week than that of Langston Hughes. Being from England, it is also exciting for me to learn of poets from overseas and Langston certainly was a good choice.

James Mercer Langston Hughes was born the 1st of February 1902, in  Joplin, Missouri, to parents who were both of mixed race. His mother was a school teacher and came from a politically active family that supported Black Rights. Langston’s grand uncle, John Mercer Langston was the first African American to be elected to the United States Congress. His grandmother was married to Lewis Sheridan Leary, an activist that joined John Brown, and died, during the raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859. She later married Charles Henry Langston who also was an abolitionist and helped lead the Ohio Anti-Slavery Society.”

For the rest of the article, and more quality One Stop articles, swing by the new One Stop Poetry. You won’t be disappointed. And don’t forget to stop in tomorrow to see my latest interview and photo prompt for One Shoot Sunday…this week I speak with Iquanyin Moon, and iPhoneographer with a modern look into the photography field.  Thanks to all of you that have helped us come this far! Your support is everything.

Hopes, Memories, and a little Creativity…

Michigan State Capitol Building, by Chris Galford

No Present

Caught himself along the past–

years passed before he ever realized

No Present.

So many are consumed by the past, and what has gone before, they forget to live in the present. As 2011 looms, I hope you reflect, but I also hope you take the time to look around you and enjoy a touch of the now.

Happy New Year’s Eve everyone!

Image care of Demotivational Posters.

I’d like to thank you all for all the support you’ve shown as readers, and peers…fellow writers and photographers all. That you’ve shared your works and encouraged and supported me in the sharing of my own has been a joy without end. I wasn’t sure how well the whole “young writer hitting the Big Bad Web” angle would go for me…you seem to see everyone everywhere trying it these days, and it certainly seems daunting to try and wade into such a hefty mass–amateurs, experts, and all manner of unseen forces lurking in the background, with the looming horror of plagiarism and creative theft.

And yet, things have gone better than I ever could have imagined. When I first started the Waking Den, I never would have dreamed there was such a vibrant and accepting community out there, just waiting to nurture and support fellow creative types. It has been an honor, yes, an honor, to read your comments on my own work, and to see and to read and pick through yours. There is a lot of talent out there, and it’s always a pleasure to discover new gems.

The One Shot Wednesday Mike

Another thing I never could have anticipated this year: One Stop Poetry. When I first started posting my poetry, and my photography, I thought I would be lucky if anyone swung through. I would have been happy with a couple comments here and there, be they critiques or praise. Yet then Leslie Moon came along, and through her I met the other wonderful founders of One Stop: Adam Dustus, Brian Miller and Pete Marshall. To be a part of that community, of such an up-and-coming site for creativity, was a joy among joys. Suddenly all those fellow poets were in one places, and they were sharing, and reading, and writing…it was the promised land.

When Leslie asked me on-board as a fellow manager, I was not only stunned, but ecstatic. Never in a million years could I have predicted that – and I couldn’t have asked for more. Since then I’ve gotten to work with Gay Cannon and Claudia Schoenfeld as well, two more managers added to the One Stop family. Between them and the founders, it’s a team without equal – and the experience has been both a blessing and a treasure. I get to interview photographers about their passion, see into the minds behind an art that has always fascinated and intrigued me. I get to share something I genuinely enjoy with the world-at-large.

And one can’t put a price on that.

Pure Michigan, by Chris Galford

Joy? I have a lot of it from this year. 2010 was a great year. I graduated, and not only that, I did so while acing every class. I had a great internship with the Lansing City Pulse that showed me first-hand how a real news organization works, and gave me an

See that guy in the fancy hat? That's me. Post-graduation with my father.

opportunity to flex my knowledge of the arts, as well as my photographic eye. I’ve climbed mountains, wandered beaches. I finished my first novel in a trilogy, “The Hollow March,” edited it, and gotten quality reviews back from its first readers. I’ve met new friends, joined a community of fellow writers, established a writer’s group in my own town, and have set about the ground work for hunting down publishers for short stories, poems and that fancy novel of mine. I’ve applied to law school, gotten my letters of recommendation, and now…I’m ready to hit the ground running.

If 2010 was a great year, I plan on making 2011 an amazing year. I hope you all will continue to support me as I do so – I couldn’t have come so far without all your kind words, your critiques, the inspiration of your presence.

And I hope above all that you all will have a wonderful year ahead as well. Here’s to the old year, and to the new – Cheers to all of you!

 

"Foggy Notions of Photography," by Chris Galford

Graduation

Photo Credits: MSU Commencement. Year Unknown.

Graduation is here at last. If you needed an explanation to why the Den’s been a little quiet this week – look no further than that. In a wash of green robes and final papers, my week has been a flurry of continuous movement, continuous demands, and this single Saturday stands as the peak at the end of the long crescendo. After this, I still have a few finals (really, whose idea is it to have final papers AFTER your graduation?) but they are merely the final stepping stones bridging the gap between this life and the next – the entrance to reality.

All next semester will be spent hunting down a job, sending out swarms of short stories, poems, and (hopefully) my novel to contests, publishers, agents, and what have you on the march to creative advancement, and preparing my law school applications. Just have to remember to keep telling myself to breathe in the meantime.

I’d like to take the time to thank you all for all the support and kind words all of you have shown here on my blog over the past year. I never would have thought I’d find such a warm reception to this little creative outlet of mine…and it’s been a kindness, truly. I’ll be back soon enough with more. In the meantime, though…excuse me as I step off into reality. Be back in a bit.