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Writing and the Morality Shift

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 7, 2013 by royalmanaball

When you write, you will find yourself inside of a pigeonhole no matter if you are indie or self-published. And it’s not just with the Big Six, folks.

I am known for my YA saga, The Ancients and the Angels. Although the content of these volumes may be dark and unpleasant at times, no blue language is printed, and all of the sex is “offscreen.” There’s tons of violence and vomit in them, though, but parents just don’t seem to give a crap about this. Whatever.

As anyone in this business understands; a writer writes. In a recent blog post by my friend and fellow scribe, Ksenia Anske, she examines the topic of writing and “genre-jumping.” I say, “go for it!”

The burning question is whether this is good for an author’s business acumen. From what I’ve seen, it doesn’t really seem to matter much as long as the work is solid. C.S. Lewis who was renowned for his children’s literature, had written remarkable nonfiction tomes on religious philosophy. Philip K. Dick would alternate between out-of-this-world sci-fi versus weird dramas that criticized Nixonian America. J.G. Ballard took a 180 route with The Atrocity Exhibition and Crash from his more conventional sci-fi offerings.

Writing is an art and an artist is going to explore and you won’t stop this process. I simply cannot write YA and nothing but it forever. Sure, my elves and angels will return, I promise you this, but for the rest of this year, I have the uncontrollable urge to delve into the realm of Bizarro.

This stuff is NOT for children. Already, one of my short stories entitled Conduct Disorder has been green-lighted (lit?) for inclusion into James Ward Kirk’s horror anthology Serial Killers Tres Tria. The piece is nothing less than revolting and cruel. Now, I’m not that kind of a person, and there still remains a strong moral ethos to this tale, but I just took the dark alley (very dark) to get there with this ditty. And it works! So, did anything really change?

Look at it this way; many actors of children’s films extend their feelers into other areas of cinematography. After all, Anne Hathaway of The Princess Diaries has shown the world her boobs plenty of times. Oh, the horror!

Yo, my bewbs rawk!

Yo, my bewbs rawk!

It may sound like I am apologizing here. I am not. No artist should ever apologize for their product. You are responsible for it, sure, but you are also the one who had invested so much time and energy into making it in the first place. Yes, you may get egg on your face when you throw the masses a curve ball, but responsibility is the first phase of accountability. Just take that accountability like a good Scout and be prepared for it.

The bottom line is that genre hopping can involve a moral shift in content. As a writer, you will have to be brave enough to venture into places unknown, and sometimes, they’re bad neighborhoods.

That’s all I’ve gotta say about that.


Gimmie Indie!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on September 23, 2012 by royalmanaball

Back in 1988, The U.K. was celebrating its Summer of Love. The Second Summer of Love. Bands, writers and artists from King’s Crossing in Camden to Piccadilly Circus were making themselves known and Rave was the glue that kept them together. Musical monsters such as Blur, The Stone Roses, and Lush congregated together at venues which would become a common ground for all of the who’s-who. One music journo dubbed this nascent collective of immense talent “The Scene That Celebrated Itself.”

Indie publishing could be categorized much like this as well, if you care to see it. Right now, in your back alleys of Barnes and Noble, your left-fields of Amazon and all over Smashwords, indie authors are staking their claims into literary history. We are an eclectic lot, but many of us share so many talents and loves that our product may dovetail each other. This isn’t competition, but consolidation. Enjoy the spirituality of Gail Minchew, the pre-Columbian proto-culture of Zoe Saadia, the pre-human origins of Lada Ray. Oh, and Me.

These are authors that Big Pub fears and they love to send out their muckrakers to defame us. To fear the Monster at the End of this Book. Us. – The Indie Author. Will you continue to turn the pages despite how much Grover begs and pleads that you not? Probably. We love to do what we should not, and you, dear reader, are smart enough to hunger for the yarns that burst through the cobwebbery Big Six shoves down your eyes and into your minds.

I have these brave souls with me in my Twitter, my Goodreads, and my blog. I see these men and women now no matter where I go. No matter where I post. I love their words and I will continue to yearn to see them grow along with me.

Rejoice! A new force of imagination and wonder is here to fill your brains, dear reader. Indie is the future.


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