"You know what? The bastard blows me out of the water. This guy writes Maine like Ardai writes New York. If you're not reading him, you don't know what you're missing." --Chris F. Holm, author of The Big Reap, The Wrong Goodbye and Dead Harvest.

"Bagley's got the poet's eye, but that doesn't mean everything is prettier in his work. It means the ugly stuff is more vivid. More intense. Like a sudden switch from analog to HD. And that's a trait to very much admire in his work." --Anthony Neil Smith, author of Hogdoggin', Yellow Medicine, The Drummer and Psychosomatic.




Friday, September 25, 2009

What I've Been Doin' Lately

I just submitted a short story called "The Cove" to Lyman Feero for his forthcoming e-zine The Feral Pages. I don't know if my story will make the grade, but I'm interested to see the debut issue of this new cross-genre 'zine. "The Cove" is, of course, just the sort of heart-warming tale you've come to expect from me. Just messin'. Don't panic. It's another down-and-dirty Wesserunsett story.

Jed Ayres is posting a series of narratives about crime songs on the Hardboiled Wonderland blog. He's going to run them over the next few weeks. I wrote a piece about Robert Earl Keen's song "The Road Goes on Forever." When I told my wife about it, she said, "Big surprise there." So maybe I do play that tune a bit too often.

On the novel front, there's bad news and good. The bad news is that Bitter Water Blues hasn't found a publisher. The good news is that Bitter Water Blues hasn't found a publisher.

Huh?

That's right, I'm happy with rejection because it made me take a serious, critical look at the manuscript. Right now, I'm working on a complete rewrite, including the removal of one of the major characters and his entire storyline. Hey, I've told you people before that revision doesn't scare me.

I'm also working on turning some previously-trimmed sections of BWB into a short story. We'll see how that goes...

8 comments:

Bill Crider said...

That Keene song is a Gold Medal novel in miniature. Great song.

Greg Bardsley said...

It's amazing how much one can do with a novel revision. I've had similar experiences, Patrick. ... I think I learn the most during revision. ... Keep working it, and good luck.

jedidiah ayres said...

Watch for those music pieces. Turning up some interesting choices.

Kieran Shea said...

Remove a whole storyline? Man, that sounds like major surgery. Dang.

Chris said...

Good luck with the rewrites, Patrick. And damn, I've gotta finish that story for Lyman...

Frank Bill said...

Funny how after you let something sit for a while, look back over it, some things begin to stand out. Revision does make the story, goodluck.

Anonymous said...

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Patrick Shawn Bagley said...

Thanks to this pinhead, I'm no longer allowing anonymous comments.