May 27th, 2004


Cinema Knowledge: Troy and Origin Night.

one of the things i learnt very early on, when i was still working as an usher, and hadn't yet begun the four years i would spend working as a projectionist, was that the state of origin night is one of the deadest nights in cinema trade.

for the people living outside australia, you're probably wondering what the fuck is origin night is... well, simply put, it's a sport thing. a football thing, actually, and if you're one of those picky sods who say 'what kind of football?' then it's a rugby league thing. if you can't pick up my dismissive tone, then i suggest you reread the previous sentence and put the tone in there. but, anyhow, in sydney, nothing stops the city at night quicker than origin, when the two states nsw and queensland, play. people leave work early, they take the phone off the hook, they fire up the big screen tv, and they work up a nice buzz which is really what makes football watchable, since it's an utterly stupid game about twenty six guys tossing a ball around a field and going from one end to the other in short shorts.

so, yeah, not a fan.

but, origin nights (and there are three a year) leave the world dead, and if you're one of those kind of people who like to go to movie theatres when there's no-one there, then you're in luck. which, being as i am one of those people, is what i did with another one of those people. we watched troy.

at the end of the film, you will think that the people of troy are stupid, and that the entire trojan war happened within a month.

find something else to watch.

Market Help.

this is where you can use this livejournal as a power for good.

i am looking for sword and sorcery markets. i am not looking for magazines that say, sure, we're open to them, because generally speaking, they are not.

the time where you could find magazines (or anthologies) dedicated to the old style of sword and sorcery stories like leiber's fafhrd and the gray mouser, and howard's conan, is not now. which is maybe a good thing, because everything has to evolve, including sword and sorcery. but in this case, the minority positioning of this subgenre is, i believe, part of the backlash to big fantasy, which has left greasy finger prints over the genre. many people are turned off a sword and sorcery short story before they even get there, and you're up against a jagged wall when your characters contain any trace of big fantasy elements like dwarves and elves and the such. i cannot express the distaste of getting a rejection that tells me the story is well written, engaging, great characters, and all that nice stuff, but then says (in contradiction to the first part, i think) shame that your characters are elves and dwarves.

which is stupid. it is what you do with them that matters, not what they are. it's the genre equivalent of saying i don't like black people, which is simple ignorance, as faerie mythology is actually quite interesting in regard to this. but that conversation is for different times.

at any rate, i am looking for sword and sorcery markets. i know the obvious places like black gate, so what i'm looking for are the ones that don't advertise much. (and perhaps don't have six month response times.) the point to finding new markets is to develop a fan base for my allandros and balor stories, of which i have sold three, and to which i am now seriously thinking about how develop an audience, and to keep them.

i sold the third allandros and balor tale, a small story called 'the lost world of the stranger', to a canadian anthology called amazing heroes 2 last night. it's not such a fantastic title, but the anthology is directed to the readership base i want to start building from. so, any help with identifying more markets would be most appreciated, thanks.
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