I've been busy, busy, busy. Not only have I got two more novels releasing over the next six or so months, but I've sold my "heart" book, Inkarna, which was inspired very much by a soundtrack consisting almost entirely of APHND and TON, to a premier horror/dark fantasy publisher in the States, and we're looking at an early May release. This is very exciting for me as it's a new publisher to work with and a step into more "literary" dark fantasy.
But I'd also like to share a…Continue
Hah! Artslink took the piece after all, so the guest column I wrote about heavy music and my recent experiences watching Rammstein live in SA for the first time... with honourable mentions to my other favourites, past and present (including APHND) is live: http://www.artlink.co.za/news_article.htm?contentID=26681
So this appeared not only in the lifestyle section of a national newspaper here in…Continue
My guest column about metal, past and present, the recent Rammstein show, and the fact that one is never too old unless the music becomes too loud, is appearing in the Sunday Independent this weekend.
And of course APHND and Seventh Void get honorary mentions for contemporary music that moves me...
I'll be submitting the piece to an arts and culture site on Monday and will post the link here once it goes live. That's if they like it enough. If not, I'll stick it on my…Continue
Well, I can report now that I've been practicing my bass now for almost three weeks solid. I have a tentative band room arranged and have started putting out feelers for musos to jam with once my six-month isolation period is up (end-June). This is scary and cool... because I'm finally doing something for myself and not just talking about it anymore.
I have lost the feeling in my fingerpads of my left hand now that the skin is hardening. Kinda creepy but cool at the same…Continue
In my writing I like to slip in references to art and music that I like. Call it a Poppy Z Brite habit. I learnt it from her. I feel it adds colour, especially if the references are obscure from the mainstream. I often refer to Sisters of Mercy, Bauhaus, Siouxsie and the Banshees... Bands that people "in the know" are aware of and would appreciate the inclusion to flavour the setting.
So, what I want to know is, Sal, would you mind horribly if I drop in references to APHND in my…Continue
Yeah, I'm a fangrrrl. My netbook has a desktop background pic of the Green Man. I was showing one of my colleagues my book covers today when she saw the background pic...
Her words exactly: "Rasputin!"
I just sat there and went: "Eh?"
Well, I'll be damned. There's no way this 50+ Afrikaans woman would know have known Jack about this.
But other news, I finally saw Rammstein on Wednesday. They totally rocked Cape Town. Can now say I've ticked off one item on my list…Continue
Well, I've done it. Just shy of the witching hour on February 6 I finished my novel I'm submitting to Angry Robot for its open door month. Now, to leave it lying fallow, for two weeks while I revise something else for a literary agent, before the revisions on Inkarna start.
Dunno if musicians feel the same when they lay down that last track, because the real work is still coming when I start my hunt for gremlins to polish the manuscript... and I'm feeling oddly empty, floaty…Continue
Perhaps spurred on by my discovery of APHND, I've been looking back in my music collection to the albums and/or musicians that meant a lot to me when I was a terrible teenager/young adult... That was before I became (for a few years) a boring middle-class, middle-income suburban nightmare... Which I'm luckily cured of (and my poor colleagues have to put up with my multiply pierced, drab tattooed self). Okay, granted, I do have a penchant for purple...
And my "terrible" taste…Continue
I'm putting out a call for submissions for any APHND fans who'd like a bit o'the spotlight on my main blog. I'm looking for anyone who has any anecdotes related discovering or hearing about APHND, or memories of the members in action you'd like to share... Mail me at email@example.com and I'll put it all together so we can spread the word. And, if you've got pics, that's a bonus (but please send low-res).
I decided to blog about my three "it" songs on one of my publishers' blogs today. These are three songs that inspire me to write, and of course I took the opportunity to slip a little about APHND into the mix somewhere. Do go take a read: http://lyricalpress.blogspot.com/2011/01/music-that-moves-me.html
Of course I still can't make up my mind whether I like Die Alone more…Continue
The husband greeted me today saying he had a surprise for me.
Well, that surprise is my signed APHND CD! Thank you Sal! You rock! I'm going to be driving everyone in Cape Town mad by saying, "Hey, have you heard of this band?"
But even better, I went to one of my editors today at work (I'm a sub-editor for a national South African newspaper publisher) and said to her, "Hey, there's this band..."
And she said, "Hey, how 'bout you write an…Continue
I'm totally bummed today. Received a text message this morning from one of my best friends, and a mutual friend of ours committed suicide last night. It would appear that 2011 is following its predecessor's trend. I lost someone very close to me last year in October. He was closer than a brother. And now this. A beautiful life snuffed out.
I've been on the brink a few times myself, twice with serious health issues, twice by my own hand. Every time I get to the edge and…Continue
As always, from December 28 through to NYE, I get very introspective. While I don't believe in making new year's resolutions, I do believe it's important to take a step back and re-evaluate where I'm headed. NYE seems a good a time as any.
Three Goals for 2011:
1) Stop talking about it and get my bass under hand again to collaborate with a friend of mine on a version of Paranoid, and get our gothic metal chick project going. Why? Because we can and it's fun. And I'm…Continue
Currently sitting with the unique problem that I need to have people poke holes in the first chapter of a manuscript I'm revising for a literary agent. Just feeling very blegh and word-blind...
People ask how the hell I can write while listening to heavy music. Darn it, it's the only thing that will filter out the background noise, the annoying buzz of others.
And it kinda sucks that I've reached a point where it's very difficult to up the ante on…Continue