Youmans (pronounced like 'yeoman' with an 's' added) is the best-kept secret among contemporary American writers. --John Wilson, editor, Books and Culture

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Curiouser & curiouser

To the right: another sketch by Renato Alarcao for The Curse of the Raven Mocker. This one shows Adanta with a wren, her grandmother's house in the background.

And here's an interesting "picture": I skipped over to Arts Journal and note the contrast of the two "publishing" stories currently posted. One is a story about National Novel-Writing Month, reporting that 10,000 of the 60,000 people enrolled in NaNoWriMo managed to finish a manuscript of 50,000 words. The other article is about sales of English-language literary fiction, and it's called "The great fiction crash of 2005."

Now isn't that a curious pair?

2 comments:

  1. I love the look of Adanta! She is not really any recognizable race, she could even be a humanoid from another planet. It captures the exotic mix of folkways in "The Ravenmocker" (yes, I've read it) but doesn't devolve into "multiculturalism".

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  2. Interesting. I'll have to send Renato that comment... I'm going to put the final pb cover up soon, and Adanta's on that as well, looking a little different from how she appears here. Hope you like that version of her as well.

    The Firebird powers-that-be picked a kinetic, romantic image. But most of the proposals could be described that way. The one you like is actually the most peaceful one. I like it too.

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Alas, I must once again remind large numbers of Chinese salesmen and other worldwide peddlers that if they fall into the Gulf of Spam, they will be eaten by roaming Balrogs. The rest of you, lovers of grace, poetry, and horses (nod to Yeats--you do not have to be fond of horses), feel free to leave fascinating missives and curious arguments.