douglassmith - Fri, 2011/06/03 - 2:17pm
Just a reminder that on June 11-12, 2011, I'll be participating in the Ride to Conquer Cancer, a 2-day major cycling event sponsored by Enbridge and benefiting The Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto, one of the top 5 cancer research hospitals in the world. I'll be cycling over 200 km that weekend, from Toronto to Niagara Falls, with thousands of other riders. All the proceeds will go to The Princess Margaret to support cancer research, treatment, and services. Many of you have already shared this incredible adventure with me by supporting me in my fund raising efforts.
douglassmith - Thu, 2011/06/02 - 12:09pm
With the following blog post, I'm beginning what will be a regular occurrence of inviting other writers, editors, and miscellaneous creative peeps who I know to make a guest blog appearance here at "So Here's the Thing…". Today's guest is Award-winning and bestselling author, SUSAN WINGATE, co-host of the very popular talk radio show, DIALOGUE: BETWEEN THE LINES, on which I made a recent appearance. Susan's guest blog on her BookExpo America experience made me smile, reminding me of how author signings can manage to be challenging, tiring, humbling, strange, and fun, all at the same time. Here's Susan to tell you about it. – Doug
No Sleep Till You Get Back Home - BEA & Ice T Getting to New York is always an adventure when you're traveling from the west coast. Normally, I fly out from Seattle and make a connecting flight before reaching LaGuardia. Last year I flew into Philadelphia and promised never to do that again, since they schedule flights so close together that you usually miss the connection.
douglassmith - Wed, 2011/05/25 - 1:47pm
Thanks to an invitation from the nice people at the Edmonton Public Library, I will be in Edmonton this weekend, May 28-29, to do a reading / workshop on Saturday May 28, and a reading on Sunday May 29.
The Saturday workshop will be 1:30-4:00pm at the Strathcona Branch (8331 - 104 Street) and will be a joint effort by me and Diane Walton, Managing Editor of the most excellent Canadian speculative fiction magazine, On Spec. The workshop structure (more of a lecture with Q&A, actually) will follow a finished story from marketing to sale to post-sale, from the perspective of both a writer (me) and editor (yes, you're right, Diane). Here's what Diane and I are planning:
douglassmith - Mon, 2011/05/16 - 6:23pm
Fellow writers Susan Wingate and Joshua Miller recently interviewed me on their "Between the Lines" show on Blog Talk Radio about Chimerascope, short fiction, ebooks, foreign markets, and more. You can listen to the archived podcast of the interview here. My interview starts about 9.5 minutes into the show.
douglassmith - Sun, 2011/05/15 - 9:52pm
The finalists for the 2011 Aurora Awards have been announced, and my collection Chimerascope is on the ballot, under the category, "Best English Related Work." The full ballot is shown below. Congratulations and best of luck to all the finalists. PROFESSIONAL AWARDS Best English Novel Black Bottle Man by Craig Russell, Great Plains Publications Destiny's Blood by Marie Bilodeau, Dragon Moon Press Stealing Home by Hayden Trenholm, Bundoran Press Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay, Viking Canada Watch by Robert J. Sawyer, Penguin Canada Best English Short Story "The Burden of Fire" by Hayden Trenholm, Neo-Opsis #19 "Destiny Lives in the Tattoo's Needle" by Suzanne Church, Tesseracts Fourteen, EDGE "The Envoy" by Al Onia, Warrior Wisewoman 3, Norilana Books "Touch the Sky, They Say" by Matt Moore, AE: The Canadian Science Fiction Review, November "Your Beating Heart" by M. G. Gillett, Rigor Amortis, Absolute Xpress Best English Related Work Chimerascope, Douglas Smith (collection), ChiZine Publications The Dragon and the Stars, edited by Derwin Mak and Eric Choi, DAW Evolve: Vampire Stories of the New Undead, edited by Nancy Kilpatrick, EDGE On Spec, edited by Diane Walton, Copper Pig Writers Society Tesseracts Fourteen, edited by John Robert Colombo and Brett Alexander Savory, EDGE
douglassmith - Thu, 2011/05/12 - 11:50am
A little short notice, but I'm being interviewed today by writers Susan Wingate and Joshua Graham on Blog Talk Radio. Hope that you can tune in!
douglassmith - Mon, 2011/05/09 - 3:32pm
Michael Baron Craze at the Rogue Cinema site recently blogged about last fall's Terror Film Festival in Philadelphia and included a review of "By Her Hand, She Draws You Down". Here's an extract from his review: "This film comes from author Douglas Smith’s story of the same name and breathes in Anthony Sumner’s screenplay, transforming into a new variation on the vampire genre. Anthony’s creation contains an incredible haunting feeling, [that] escapes the screen like a hypnotic trance, assisted from Gene Hodsdon eerie music and filming in November at the desolate beachside locations in the historic New Jersey shore. … [A] tale of love, commitment and survival." You can read Michael's full blog post on the film festival and the full review of "By Her Hand..." here.
douglassmith - Sat, 2011/05/07 - 10:28pm
Writer Heidi Ruby Miller recently invited me to take part in her recurring "Pick Six" interview series on her blog. Heidi has a fun and unusual approach to these interviews (which is not surprising, since Heidi's background also seems fun and unusual, including a stint at archaelogy, working at both a Frank Lloyd Wright house and Disney World, and an appearance on Who Wants to be a Millionaire). Anyway, for the Pick Six interviews, she gives the author a list of 15 questions and asks them to pick any six to answer. Here was my list: 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? 4. What else can you do besides write? 5. Who are you reading right now? 6. Pop culture or academia? 7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote? 8. Where do you find your inspirations to write? 9. Food you could eat everyday. 10. Are you into sports or other physical activities? 11. What kind of music speaks to you? 12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride? 13. Celebrity crush. 14. Who are the biggest influences on your work? 15. Do you still watch cartoons? Can you guess which ones I went for? You can check out the entire interview below or on Heidi's site. Here's the full interview:
douglassmith - Thu, 2011/04/14 - 12:07pm
Claire Horsnell at Blood and Vegetables ("Horror lit with a side of vegetables") recently interviewed me about my Springsteen stories, small presses in general and ChiZine publication in particular, the By Her Hand movie, Chimerascope and the CBC bookies, and other writing projects. The text of her interview is below.
Although author Douglas Smith is adamant that his own stories aren’t written with political motives, the tales in his first collection, Chimerascope, frequently envision a future of corporate totalitarianism, in which everyday people are at the mercy of forces they can’t control and are faced with the prospect of sacrifice and compromise in order to survive. It’s a theme that also runs through the work of one of Smith’s inspirations, Bruce Springsteen—and Smith has written a number of stories with titles inspired by Springsteen’s work.
“Springsteen is an astounding storyteller,” says Smith. “His strongest songs are ballads, stories told through real characters, everyday people struggling with whatever life has thrown at them. And there is generally such an attitude of defiance and hope despite the odds against them. So many of his songs just speak to me of the bigger stories behind the ones that he just gets to hint at in just a few lines.”
douglassmith - Mon, 2011/04/04 - 10:03pm
I'll be a guest author and panelist again at the excellent annual Toronto convention, Ad Astra, this coming weekend. Here's my current list of panels, signings and readings:
Saturday, April 9:
3:30-5:30pm: Mass autographing session
6:00-7:00pm: Breaking Into Non-English-Language Markets — Speaker: Douglas Smith (Crowne Room)
Sunday, April 10:
12:00-1:00pm: Working with Small Presses — Panelists: Don Hutchison, Douglas Smith, Karen Dales, Timothy Carter, Laura Marshall. (Ballroom Centre)
2:00-3:00pm: It's the Best/Worst Time to be a Writer — Panelists: Matt Moore (m),Stephen Jones, Eric Flint, Ken Lillie-Paetz, Douglas Smith (Ballroom East)
3:00-4:00pm: Reading (with free ebooks and other giveaways!!)
Hope to see you there!