Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Return of Patrick Lestewka & copyediting gig for an opportunistic/energetic/poor/desperate individual

Hi all,

So some people may know that I started out my dubious fiction writing career writing as Patrick Lestewka. This nom de plume has a starry/chequered past, in terms of its creation, but its inception was based on my mom coming across some of my early scribblings - I was 18, 19 - and being so horrified, so distressed at the good Davidson name being run through the muck, that she insisted I publish under another name. This despite the fact that our family tree is hung with no small number of jackrollers, ne-er-do-wells, bums, tosspots, horse thieves, machiavels, troublemakers, knaves, scalliwags, lotus eaters, muckrakers, carpetbaggers, vipers, trolls, ether-huffers, peyote-eaters, mountebanks and shysters, snake-oil salesmen, bilkers, pikers, spider-footed rascals and suchlike.

Anyhoo, I bent to my mom's wishes and wrote my early horror output as Patrick. And now one of my old publishers approached me about publishing a novella, and since I'd just written a weird little horror novella that I hadn't given a home, it seemed a good time and place to give it over. So in June, I think, Delirium Press will publish VEHICLES, a little horror novella about the end of the world, basically, and some other fluff. So go buy that.

Also, it needs to be copyedited. I won't claim that I'm too busy to do it, because that's just not true. It's more that I have a tough time reading my own stuff again and fixing all the little things that ought to be fixed. So if someone wants to contact me at craigdavidson11@gmail.com and is interested in copyediting it, great. I'll pay $250 in good Canadian greenbacks, which these days is just about equal to US - good deal! Actually, for a 30k novella, it is NOT a good deal for most any copyeditor. But maybe you'd like to read it anyway, so this is a decent chance to do that and to get paid a few ducats and to fix all my mistakes. Wheee!

If nobody takes me up on this offer I will get the hobo who lives behind my apartment building to do it. He works for mittens, I hear.

All best, Craig.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Has it been too long?

Hi all,

Yes ... yes it has. I do apologize, but I have so little to say lately. Anyway, here are a few things. One is an interview I was part of, with some insight (much as I'm able to conjure any) on the Jacques Audiard movie based on my stories. The interviewer was lovely but I may have left him with the impression that a film version is virtually guaranteed; it is not. Far from it. I read somewhere that 5% of all optioned books make it to the screen, so it's a big gauntlet to run. But the checks have cleared, so there's that upside. The article is mainly about BARNEY'S VERSION, which is a great book by a great writer and some people seem to dig the movie. I always like Giamatti, anyway.

herald article

... and also, this piece I wrote for the National Post. I was at a party before Christmas and ... well, anyway, it's in the piece. Thanks for Mark Medley for letting me write it.

National Post piece

All best, Craig.