I hope i’ve made it clear to you how much i adore Haunted City. Pretty much everything that’s ever appealed to me in fiction is right here and I’m loving every second of it.
Aw. Thank you! It’s endlessly amazing to me that people will share these weird worlds with me. I used to just make stuff up in my head. Learning to turn ideas into prose is really challenging but getting the chance to interact with other people makes it totally worth it.
Critics constantly complain that writers are lacking in standards, yet they themselves seem to have no standards other than personal prejudice for literary criticism. (…) such standards do exist. Matthew Arnold set up three criteria for criticism:
1. What is the writer trying to do?
2. How well does he succeed in doing it? (…)
3. Does the work exhibit “high seriousness”? That is, does it touch on basic issues of good and evil, life and death and the human condition.
I would also apply a fourth criterion (…) Write about what you know. More writers fail because they try to write about things they don’t know than for any other reason.” —William S. Burroughs, “A Review of the Reviewers”
It reminds me I should get a frame for your print though, instead of just propping it against a ceramic coffeepot on my bookshelf. Yes.
This ficbit takes place a year or two after the end of Haunted City. My head is a silly place sometimes.
Anyway that’s what I’m working on right now in the world of fiction. Those two are strange folks but kind of adorable and also I have a new character named Vesper and she’s not going to be in Haunted City I don’t think but I might give her a short side story of some kind.