Crossposted from http://hauntedmansionwriters.blogspot.com/
So I'm going into the Haunted Mansion this weekend. Actually it's the a well known Retreat in Mill Valley, CA. My number one Dark Tango Poet, Ms. Rain Graves invited a bunch of to participate in a writer's retreat. It's going to be something special.
But I want to make sure I'm in the right frame of mind when I get there. So I've decided not to bring any novels to read that take me outside the reality of the place. I'm anticipating so much sense of place that I don't want to miss anything. Still, I can't not bring something to read, so I've decided to bring a book of short stories, I think: Steven Millhauser's, The Knife Thrower. His ability to render the quotidian absurd will lend itself to the idea of brushing elbows with the dead and turn this absurdity quotidian.
I'm also not going to do any editing on my computer on works in progress. Whatever I write, I want to be stimulated by the feeling of the place and the companionship of my friends. Really looking forward to seeing what happens to us.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Weston Ochse is a former intelligence officer and special operations soldier who has engaged enemy combatants, terrorists, narco smugglers, and human traffickers. His personal war stories include performing humanitarian operations over Bangladesh, being deployed to Afghanistan, and a near miss being cannibalized in Papua New Guinea. His fiction and non-fiction has been praised by USA Today, The Atlantic, The New York Post, The Financial Times of London, and Publishers Weekly. The American Library Association labeled him one of the Major Horror Authors of the 21st Century. His work has also won the Bram Stoker Award, been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and won multiple New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards. A writer of more than 26 books in multiple genres, his military supernatural series SEAL Team 666 has been optioned to be a movie starring Dwayne Johnson. His military sci fi series, which starts with Grunt Life, has been praised for its PTSD-positive depiction of soldiers at peace and at war. Weston likes to be called a chaotic good paladin and challenges anyone to disagree. After all, no one can really stand a goody two-shoes lawful good character. They can be so annoying. It's so much more fun to be chaotic, even when you're striving to save the world. You can argue with him about this and other things online at Living Dangerously or on Facebook at Badasswriter. All content of this blog is copywrited by Weston Ochse.
Friday, September 17, 2010
Haunted Mansion 1
Weston Ochse is the author of more than twenty books, most recently the SEAL Team 666 series which has been optioned by MGM Films. He's also the author of the Grunt Life series, a military science fiction series concentrating on the lives of PTSD survivors. His first novel, Scarecrow Gods, won the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in First Novel and his short fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. His work has appeared in comic books, and magazines such as Cemetery Dance and Soldier of Fortune. He lives in the Arizona desert within rock throwing distance of Mexico. He is a military veteran with more than 30 years of military service and currently returned from a deployment to Afghanistan.