SOONER or later:
Rants, and Steampunk ... maybe
famous Canadian Science Fiction novelist
Mark A. Carter talks about what he will be working on
next ... maybe.
My entire writing
schedule has been pushed back by life.
"What happened to you, man?"
Bob: "Life happens to everyone,
alright." - Zero Theorem
I have been
through the mill these past
two years. So, I just may step away from the bounds of
keyboard, monitor, pen, and paper for a time to just take a few
deep breaths and relax. Sometimes I forget that the whole purpose
of being a writer, aside from having a vivid imagination and
the ability to convey emotion, image, and sensation into words,
is actually to live the life. To me, living the life is not about
partying. It is about the freedom to set my own work schedule
and to actually walk away from my red-stained birch writing desks
once in a while to smell the roses. At this juncture, some time
off sounds good.
Since I mentioned the subject
of time, let me pause to correct what has become a
much maligned two word saying concerning it:
Time flies. People say it all the time and it
bugs the Hell out of me because it is simply wrong, the
imagery is wrong, and no one gives credit to the author. Time
does not acquire faerie wings
and flutter away. If anything, it has a pair of strong legs and
runs away from us all faster than we would like. The
two word saying attributed to some anonymous they
as in they say, by the disrespectful, ignorant, and uneducated
masses, is from a one line
quotation from a larger text. Here it is:
fugit interea fugit irreparabile tempus,
singula dum capti circumvectamur amore.
- Virgil. Georgics. Book III,
meanwhile it flees: time flees irretrievably,
while we wander around, prisoners
of our love of detail.
So, in future, show some respect
for this literary giant. Give
Virgil his due. He
coined the expression in his writings approximately
two thousand years ago. And get your
mini-quotation right: Time flees.
Moving on ...
Here comes a candle
to light you to bed.
And here comes a chopper
to chop off your head.
Oranges and Lemons
Roud Folk Song Index #13190
My other writing
plans remain much the same. First off, I have something thoroughly
bloody in mind. Blood runs
throughout my Mythpunk novels
as a symbol for fertility, pain, and sacrifice. But this time,
I use it differently. Sometimes Virginia,
with apologies to Sigmund,
blood is only blood. And, in the case of the
bloody Psycho-Thriller I am currently writing, which
is actually an older work left unfinished for years that I just
can't let go, I'm talking about a terrifying amount of bloodshed.
The novel is not for the squeamish. It's called
... no, I'm not going to reveal the title yet. You will
just have to wait.
Out, damned spot! Out, I say!
Macbeth: Act V, Scene i, l.32
scenes, I will be working on the Hardback
of Hephzibah of Heaven.
But it is extremely unlikely that this
epic romance will ever be translated into
But if someone
out there loves my writing enough to translate it as a favor,
and I'm talking a poetic and sensitive soul, please feel free.
Contact me when you are done.
so many of you have asked about it, I shall be putting out my
first Book of Rants sooner than later.
Stay tuned for updates.
Perhaps you noticed
from your internet search that I have
doppelgängers out there, creeps who have stolen
my identity, and other imitators and impostors who claim to be
me. They also claim that their web sites are the official site.
Bla. Bla. Bla. But there's nothing official about them. A writer
writes. That's the bottom line. Whatever. At least there are
many interesting mug shots. Aren't there?
So, be careful
who you communicate with, and whose stuff you read. If it isn't
on my official web site, which is where you are right now, it's
not me. The last time I looked, there were over
1,400 Mark Carters
in the USA alone.
Just so you know,
I am not a "wannabe"
actor or an attorney in Charleston
or in Vancouver. I
am not a distributor of water tanks, a medical doctor in
Hobart or in Louisville.
I am not a film director in Vancouver.
Neither am I the owner of a pet store, an occasional
primary school teacher in St. Catharines,
which is spooky beyond belief, or a Principal in
Sydney down under. And I am not a real estate agent in
South Australia, a stock & station agent, the training manager
for a transit company or a writer in the center of
Nowhereville, Illinois or in
New York City. Heaven forbid.
"You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you
mad." - Aldous Huxley
And for those
of you who can't discern fiction from reality, I am not
General Jacob Carter's son and
Samantha Carter's brother from
Stargate SG-1, although I was leaving the School
of Drama at the University of Windsor
just as Amanda Tapping,
who played Samantha Carter,
was entering. How's that for a surreal
degree of separation?
I have written
more about my ghostly doubles,
if you're interested. Read: Doppelgängers.
only one original Mark A. Carter,
baby. I'm it," he said
delusionally. "And you have found my official web
site, and me, at long last." Save it as a favorite.
far as the spelling on this web site and in my books is concerned,
I use Funk & Wagnalls Standard
College Dictionary. Why? When in Rome
Rocket, winner of the the Rainhill Trials of 1829, was
not the first locomotive. But it brought together several innovations
to produce the most advanced locomotive of its day.
Illustration courtesy of Wikipedia
I have recently
become infatuated with Steampunk
and will most likely try my hand at
it eventually. Yes, Virgina,
it's a sub-genre of
Science Fiction or
Sci-Fi. And don't get me going
about SF. As far as
I'm concerned the debate about SF
was over in the late nineteen
seventies. Does SF
mean Science Fiction, Science Fantasy,
Speculative Fiction or Speculative
Fantasy? Bla, bla, bla, bla ... bla. Forgetaboutit.
Why would I do
such a thing? To me, Steampunk
seems like great fun to research and to write. It is
Science Fiction or Speculative
Fiction restricted to the
Victorian Era, no matter how you
split hairs and rename it. And that opens vast creative
possibilities in my mind. It truly inspires me. And it satisfies
my need to write Romance within
the framework of a Science Fiction
scenario but with nicer window
dressing. But, as I have said before,
Steampunk has to be something more than
gadgets, gimmicks, and gizmos. Read: Steampunk.
And so, the dividing
line between Fantasy and
Science Fiction continues to diminish.
time has come," the Walrus said,
talk of many things:
shoes and ships and sealing wax
cabbages and kings
why the sea is boiling hot
whether pigs have wings."
from "The Walrus and The Carpenter" from
the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There by Lewis Carroll,