Sunday, February 26, 2012

Goya's El Tres de Mayo

I recently finished a short story inspired, in part, by this painting. It's not meant to be a direct telling of this same scene, but rather plays with the idea of an artist reacting to, commenting on, inciting revolution against such an atrocity. When I was in Spain I saw this painting at El Prado, along with many other works of Goya. This one was especially memorable.

One of the first readers actually mentioned Picasso's Guernica, which did flash through my mind as I wrote (it's another work I saw in Spain--and another that's not quickly forgotten), but it wasn't a big source for the story. Still, I'm entertained to learn that Guernica was also inspired by El tres de mayo, so maybe there's a closer connection than I was realizing.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Contributor copy plus a sale

I received my copy of this anthology over the weekend. You can order it on Amazon or Barnes & Noble (there's no ebook version available at the moment). The poem I have in here is based on a variety of old myths about the moon and what someone would find there, the primary one coming from the Great Moon Hoax of 1835, which I just find to be a wonderfully surreal pseudo-scientific report. This lithograph that accompanied the articles is well worth putting here in the post:

In other news, I'll be having a drabble (a story of exactly 100 words) in the upcoming 20th edition of the Drabbler. The theme of the contest this time was death-bed confessions. I'll post a link when that's available.

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Haiku-writing month

Someone on Facebook linked to the National Haiku Writing Month website, and I decided it would be fun to do that--for several years now I've thought it would be a good challenge for myself to write a poem every day during April, that cruelest month...but I've never actually risen to that challenge yet. A haiku a day, though, I can do. I'm not intending to send these out as submissions, so I'll just be posting them on Twitter (@ausema, if you want to read them). At the least, it gets me creating something new every day, even in the middle of the chaos of packing up, cleaning, and selling the house, when I don't expect I'll have a lot of time for any other creative stuff.