Today's bLINKit: Matthew Claxton, rising young SF/fantasy/horror writer with two very good short stories to his credit, steroided (metaphorically speaking) his way through the Three-Day Novel Contest during this past Labour Day. He pounded out 37,000 words in 72-hours and is justly proud of himself. But Claxton, whose day job is reporting for a Maple Ridge newspaper, notes no SF or fantasy writer has ever won the 27-year-old, Vancouver-based contest:
The thing is, I'm a genre SF and fantasy writer. I don't write stereotypical stuff, I hate ordinary military space opera and elf-quests alike, but my work is strongly plotted stuff. I've tried to develop a strong style and to build up great characters, but what got me going on this book, as on any story, was a really cool central idea, one only possible in fantasy.
So, as I told my girlfriend (who is both wise and beautiful) I don't think it will get selected by a panel of non-SFnal judges. It's like bringing a zebra to a horse show. It may be the finest damn zebra there is, but that's not what they're looking for. There's never been a straight up SF or fantasy winner of the contest.
Matthew is a lyrical fiction writer with original ideas. I hope his instincts are wrong.
Other bLINKits: Gaming fans post about some of my old, old work ...
The best of the new hockey games is NHL 2K6, according to the Globe. I haven't played the 2K series so I can't say. I've found the EA NHL games I've played far too arcade-like.