So if you have been online much at all in the last few years, you will have heard that cultural appropriation is Definitely A Thing.
I’m about to commit cultural appropriation. If this or the snark that follows triggers you, that’s not my problem. Continue reading
Quite, I hope. At least if all goes according to plan. We’ll find out. Watch this space.
Two packages arrived in the mail today. You can see the contents on the left. At the upper right is Richard Chizmar’s massive collection, A Long December. With a title like that, I’ve got to read it this month. Richard Chizmar is the publisher of Cemetery Dance, but this collection was published by Subterranean Press.
The other items are part of the Warriors of the Wildlands Kickstarter. This was a little project Jim Cornelius put together (see this post). It’s a book containing short biographies of a dozen frontier partisans. I pledged the level that got me three signed books (one personalized; thanks, Jim!), a patch, the poster (which has books on the corners to keep it from rolling up), along with downloads of three songs performed by Jim’s musical group, The Anvil Blasters. If you’re not reading Jim’s blog, Frontier Partisans, you’re missing out.
Anyway, Santa came early today, and I’m looking forward to getting grades in so I can dive into these books.
Jim Cornelius, who is the chief scout over at Frontier Partisans, has just launched a Kickstarter for a nonfiction book, Warriors of the Wild Lands. This is a nonfiction collection of biographical essays on scouts, adventures, and pioneers who made a lasting impact on the frontier. In the book you’ll find heroes and villains and some who are a mix of both.
Anyone interested in heroic fiction or history will want to check this one out. I suspect to a large degree I’m preaching to the choir here because I know a lot of the folks who read this blog also read Jim’s. If you’re not familiar with Frontier Partisans, you should. It’s one of the blogs I read regularly. I may not comment on every post, but there are very I don’t read (usually because I’m on the road). If you’re a writer, Frontier Partisans is a great place to find story ideas. I know, because one of Jim’s posts served as the inspiration for one of my published stories.
I’ve been looking forward to this book and have already pledged the Kickstarter.
Well, why are you still hanging around here? Go pledge!
Jim Cornelius runs the excellent blog Frontier Partisans. It’s become one of my “go to” blogs that I always read. I don’t always comment, but I read every post.
Earlier this year, in June, Jim posted about an attempt early in the 20th century to import hippos as a food source. I was struggling to come up with an idea for a story to contribute to Tales From the Otherverse, and Jim’s post kicked off the train of thought that led to “The Assassination of President Broussard”.
Jim was kind enough to ask me to write a guest post about how I wrote the story. So if any of you are interested in my thought processes in constructing this story, you can check them out here.
And make sure you read Frontier Partisans. Jim writes about some fascinating stuff.