Twitter Festival Round-Up

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TL:DR: In the aftermath of the Twitter Fiction Festival I’m now 3000+ words and 16 followers richer.

Well, that was fun. And kind of exhausting.

For the past four days I’ve been posting at an enhanced rate in order to intersect with the other readers and writers participating in the Twitter Fiction Festival in the hope that I might garner some favourable attention.

On day one I had planned to post twice as frequently as I normally do, which is to say four times a day. I also planned to post during what as far as I could tell were peak times for people on the eastern coast of the USA, which is to say 5pm their time (9am mine or thereabouts). So there I was, my four launch day posts all hashtagged and scheduled and ready to go, and twitter all seasoned by the four hashtagged posts I’d…

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Aramis Fox and the Twitter Fiction Festival

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So there’s this Twitter Fiction Festival thing happening over in the US (so to speak) this week, where a bunch of authors are mucking about with the form in various ways, all under the aegis of #TwitterFiction .

It looks like there’s going to be some interesting things happening as part of the festival, though I’m curious to see how anyone following that hashtag will be able to make sense of all of the competing narrative streams, especially the ones that will be coming from multiple accounts. Can you say “narrative overload”, kids?

Not that concerns about chaos will be stopping yours truly from crashing the party – for the next week Aramis Fox will be hashtagging it up like a boss in the hope that such egregious online networking will garner additional audience members for me (and of course an agent and a publishing deal too, yeah?).

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Aramis Fox: 200 Followers

Yesterday afternoon I noticed that Aramis Fox had 199 followers.

To encourage the acquisition of the obvious and impending milestone I put a call out on my personal twitter offering the opportunity to be featured as a character in the story to @arfox’s 200th follower.

Five minutes later we had a winnah. So congratulations to Heath Graham aka @mysterysquid, who’ll be turning up among the tweets in due course.

I was so pleased by the way it all went that I’ve decided that every 50th follower will now get some kind of input into the story – if you’re keen to get a piece of that, best bet would be to follow @arfox and also follow me at @adamatsya – all future announcements will be happening on that second channel.

And of course for all your Aramis Fox accoutrements, stay tuned to the archive at aramixfox.wordpress.com.

(reblogged from aramixfox.wordpress.com)

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Why Do You Write Poetry? – John Tranter

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Hot on the heels of the last of last year’s WDYWP answers, here’s the first for fourteen in the form of a seven-part answer from none other than Mister John Tranter himself (Yes, that John Tranter. I’m gonna call this a coup. Because I can.).

Mr. Tranter’s segmented answer ably covers a lot of ground that is at turns mystical, practical, historical and ironic. Here’s a sample:

“Jesus, this is better than farming!” I cried, and I wrote poetry furiously from then on.

For the whole seven instalments, head to The Blue Corner forthwith. Which means now.

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Published: This Mutant Life: Bad Company

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Also last year I was pleased to score a further bite of the Kalamity Press cherry by being included in This Mutant Life: Bad Company, the second This Mutant Life anthology of NeoPulp superheroic fiction to arrive just in time like a streak of light, as it were.

This time around the focus is on the villainous side of the equation, which made it a perfect home for my little supervillain joint, aka “Heroes and Civilians”, a tale of a lovesick henchman coming up in the world.

There are some rocking stories in this collection, including:

  • Frank Byrns’s “No Chance”, about a superpowered spy infiltrating supervillain gang and finding out who the real baddies are
  • Susan Jane Bigelow’s Kick-Ass-meets-a-hero-with-actual-powers “Don’t Save Me”
  • William Akin’s “Menace of the Metal Men”, an odd poetry/prose mashup that’s nevertheless kinda cute and very vivid
  • Mark Floyd’s impeccable “The Return of The Imperion”, which is reminiscent of Austin Grossman at his best
  • Kathryn Hall’s emotionally gripping and sleekly written “Immortal”
  • Ben Langdon’s claustrophobic “Scratch That”, which admittedly reads more like a horror story than a supervillain piece
  • Eric Scott de Brie’s saucy and playful “Curse of the Bambino”

To be honest I wasn’t as wowed by Bad Company as I was by This Mutant Life. There’s just as much standout writing, but the weaker stories seem shakier and hokier and more lacking in focus than the album tracks in TML #1.

The other thing is that quite a few of the stories – even some of the standouts – don’t actually seem to be truly about the supervillain experience so to speak. Sure there are mad genii and monsters and world conquerors here, but you’ve also got a few antiheroes and straight-up knock-down drag-out tales pitting goodie v. baddie with no particular focus on either side of the struggle. there are even a couple – “Immortal” and “Curse of the Bambino” – that are really about superheroes.

That’s a minor point, though. Bad Company is another great anthology from the mind of Ben Langdon, but it works best as a companion volume to the first TML anthology. If you’re thinking of picking up only one of the two volumes, the first is a safer bet, but your NeoPulp collection would be well served by having both books on your shelf. If you’ve got the first one, Bad Company is a must. If you’re yet to pick up either then you should grab both together.

This Mutant Life: Bad Company is available as a paperback or ebook – choose your favourite format from the Kalamity Press store.

For more about the series, stay tuned to This Mutant Life.

Thanks to Ben for once again including me in a great little book, and for continuing to promote the NeoPulp cause.

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Why Do You Write Poetry? – Initially NO

Way back in 2013 – remember 2013? – I rounded out the year with the final instalment of Why Do You Write Poetry, this time courtesy the enigmatic Initially NO.

I won’t pre-empt or précis the answer – just head over to The Blue Corner and read it for yourself.

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Sightings: Aramis Fox on ABC Open

Me, my Movember moustache and my dolls. Photo by Larissa Romensky.

Me, my Movember moustache and my little plastic men. Photo by Larissa Romensky.

Speaking of Larissa Romensky, she also did a piece on my erstwhile twitter novel, Aramis Fox, for the ABC Open Central Victoria page. We talked about how the idea to write a twitter novel came about, what it’s like to write one and the narrative appeal of superheroes.

Larissa was also rather taken with my cabinet full of action figures, hence the photo. Please excuse the hella skeezy two-week-old Movember moustache.

Interesting to note that this is the second time in two weeks I’ve been photographed with my dolls by a journalist. If this is becoming a habit, it’s one I don’t mind at all.

Check out the full story over on ABC Open Central Victoria.

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