July 20th, 2009



I don't usually do this, but is there anyone out there with a good understanding--or at least who has read all--of Octavia Butler's work who'd like to act as a reader for me?

Mostly, I don't ask for test readers, because it's not a concern, but I've written a piece in which one of the underlying aims is to form a conversation of Butler's body of work. It does this by forming its narrative from the collected work, themes, and concerns that Butler expressed within her novels--think of it as fictocriticism, if you're so inclined. I'm not quite sure it works that way, mind you, since I've slanted to be a piece of fiction, and to function as both a story and an exploration of her work. The story itself is sitting at ninety percent complete--one more run through to tidy up things, sharpen prose, and make connective tissue a little stronger here and there, as its required. It runs roughly at eighteen thousand words.

It's something different for me, and I'm not sure if it has come out right, wrong, or something entirely different, so if you're familiar with the work, and have a bit of time to spare, I'd be grateful. Drop me a note at benpeek at livejournal dot com, and I'll send you a file.