f a i t h * i n * f i c t i o n: 02/01/2007 - 03/01/2007

f a i t h * i n * f i c t i o n

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Newberry Kerfluffle - (Warning! Contains Anatomically Correct Language)

You've heard about the most recent hullabaloo surrounding the Newberry Award, right? The winning novel, The Higher Power of Lucky, is being passed over by children's librarians because of the use of, well, an anatomically-correct word. A dog's anatomically-correct word.

In one of the more impressive and diligent displays of research I recall, a site called Gelfblog has shown that such an uproar may be a bit overstated as a wide number of children's fiction titles already use that word. Click here for the list: but be warned, there's anatomically-correct language.

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On a related note:

I once took part in a conversation trying to suss out the ugliest sounding word--regardless of meaning--in the English language. For most of us, this anatomically-correct word topped the list, but I admit we were slightly prejudiced by denotation. One friend wasn't.

"The word I really hate," she offered quite seriously, "is scrod."

And then we all acknowledged that "scrod," in fact, is the ugliest word in the English language.

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In what's likely to be the best line on the entire deal, Neil Gaiman, where this post launched from, expresses his frustration with what he assumes must be rogue librarians, but then admits:

Then again, I'm English, a country in which "the dog's bollocks" is an expression of approbation and unconditional approval.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Relief Journal: Issue Two

Congrats to the folks at Relief who are on the brink of publishing their second issue. If Issue One is difficult, I'd think Issue Two would be nearly impossible. And yet they've made it through...and I have to say, from the line-up of authors, it looks darned impressive.

Some folks whose names you might know from these parts include Jeanne Damoff, Mike Duran, and Christopher Fisher. Congrats to all!

(And don't forget to try and carve your own piece of Relief immortality by entering the upcoming Daily Sacrament contest. Money, publication, and all the glory you can handle await.)

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Some Late Valentine Audio Links

This American Life offers some stories of "Star Crossed Love." You can download for free until next Monday. (This is a free podcast I highly recommend subscribing to at iTunes. The stories they highlight are invariably fascinating.)

The Current offers a playlist of the Greatest Break-Up Songs Ever.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

April Fool's on Me...

Long ago I joked that I was quitting f*i*f for a more lucrative assignment...

Turns out, I was just thinking in the wrong medium. Check out the later-half of this interview.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Terrific Cover

Surveillance by Jonathan Raban. There's something about that jagged band of light trailing down to the car... I really like this one.

Meanwhile, I just had two books land on my desk here that I think are really striking as well.

The Heir by Paul Robertson
. This one you need to see in person. There's subtle foil treatments on the title/author name that get lost on the screen.

In High Places by Tom Morrisey. Not to play favorites, but I think this is my favorite overall book design-wise that I've been able to work on. I like the back cover image and LOVE the image of Tom we were able to use on the back inside-flap. Plus there's unique chapter headers and illustrations....

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Dave?

Hey, Disembodied Voice! It's been a while.

Well, whose fault is that? I'm spending way more time at Mick Silva's and Bertrand's and Charis these days because, well, there's not much going on here.

Right...

And then when you do post, it's not very substantial. Just cover images.

And reminders about the upcoming short story contest!

True, we do want people to remember to submit their stories about daily sacraments for the upcoming short story contest. The deadline is fast approaching. But, well, are you ever going to post anything worthwhile here again?

Thanks for your concern, DV. Yes, I am. In fact, we're in the midst of some exciting things behind-the-scenes here at f*i*f. That's not much consolation when there's no new material upfront. But we'll press on...and soon. And hopefully you, and others out there, will be willing to come back.