Text to Speech

7 08 2009

My short story, “Raising Eddie,” has been released as a podcast #154 over at Pseudopod.  It’s a strange thing to hear your words being read in a stranger’s voice, although I think the vocal oerformer did a wonderful job, both in capturing the feel of the story and in representing the voices of the characters.  His version of Vera Wash gave me the creeps.

This wasthe first time I’ve submitted a story to a podcast, but the experience has been entirely pleasant.  I hope you enjoyed the story if you’ve already listened to it, and if you haven’t — what are you waiting for?

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Living on scraps…

7 07 2009

Being a writer is a terrible thing. You sit alone in a room, ignoring your loved ones, often writing stories so horrific that they burn your mind and singe your soul, or so sublime that you end shaking or in tears.

And that’s the good part. Then comes rewriting, which is like eating yourself, using only a blunt spoon as a utensil. It’s a constant battle against complete ego dissolution. You change and you cut until you’re not sure if the story is getting better or not, until you’re not even sure who you are or what made you think you had anything to say.

And then it really gets bad. Then you select a market for your story. The choices here seem to get smaller every day. Either the magazine/webzine/etc. is entirely vanished, or it’s closed to submission until some months hence. You eventually find just the right market — one that wants complex stories that aren’t quite one thing and aren’t quite another — and is actually willing to read your work.

You send your darling child, your bastard curse away to some stranger, knowing that it’s one of dozens or hundreds gone through by an overworked editor who’s just finished reading his 27th re-telling of true vampire love, and you hope she isn’t having a bad day.

And when the rejection letter comes, it’s enough that it holds one sentence more than the last rejection letter they sent you. I tiny line encouraging you to submit something else.

Most days, that’s the payment for all the work and worry, and somehow it’s enough.





New Sale

4 04 2009

Pseudopod is buying the rights to one of my short stories, “Raising Eddie.” Pseudopod is a wonderful site that creates audio podcasts of stories, and I think “Raising Eddie” is going to be a treat read aloud. It’s a story about bad decisions, and what it’s like to grow up wild in the country.

I’ll have more details, including links to the finished product, later, but for now, go check out Pseudopod, PodCastle, and EscapePod, all of which recreate different kinds of fiction in audio.

In this day and age, when so many people have stopped reading for pleasure, it’s nice to know there’s still a venue for the stories.





Welcome to the Infradark

4 04 2009

This is the writing homepage of Mark Felps, so if you came looking for something else, you’ve taken the wrong tube.  I’ll be posting information about my published stories, and where you can get them.

I’ll also probably be maundering on about fantasy literature, from horror to science fiction.  I tend not to draw many hard lines between the genres, and am most comfortable using the term speculative fiction to describe my work.  If my various stories have anything in common, it’s that I have a certain dark outlook to life, so much of it is not suitable to children.

Feel free to chime in with questions or comments.