A few housekeeping notes are in order this month.
Lady Xiansa will be presenting three panels this year at the Tekko anime convention the first weekend in April. General details for the event can be found here:
Also, since my old e-book is selling, I have adjusted my e-book release schedule a bit. I looked through my dusty box of old novella manuscripts, and the result will be a likely summer or fall 2014 release for part one of my wacky, satirical Asian-themed space opera, The Vulpecula Cycle. Here’s the basic storyline: two fox spirits in disguise join an international lunar mission in the not-so-distant future, and the mission goes awry, sending them to an inhabited planet in the Vulpecula constellation. This one is also inspired stylistically by the Russian Symbolists.
Finally, here is a G.K. Chesterton essay, “The Dragon’s Grandmother,” on fairy tales that offers some food for thought applicable to the next two or three books I will be covering on this blog:
My favorite quote from the essay:
Folk-lore means that the soul is sane, but that the universe is wild and full of marvels. Realism means that the world is dull and full of routine, but that the soul is sick and screaming. The problem of the fairy tale is– what will a healthy man do with a fantastic world? The problem of the modern novel is–what will a madman do with a dull world? In the fairy tales the cosmos goes mad; but the hero does not go mad. In the modern novels the hero is mad before the book begins, and suffers from the harsh steadiness and cruel sanity of the cosmos.
This is important to consider since I’m working with a broader definition of literature than merely classics or the narrow category of strictly “literary” works.
Next week we’ll finish our current book and move on to some very different genres.