Mystery Project Post #1 — The Modern Soundtrack

Okay, so… that post before? Where I was like, “Sci-fi, coming at you!” I kinda lied. But only because I was mixed-up and shy. I actually have an entire book… finished. Except for the fact that I’m currently tearing the last three chapters apart. It’s the first in a young adult trilogy, and it’s done. The second two books are plotted. The characters are fresh. Thing is, it’s very different from the Dearly series. Oh, it’s still My Thing, through and through. Huge fanged beasts, intelligent insects, pretty dresses. But it’s also softer. Sweeter. It doesn’t have as high a body count. And it’s sort of a pet project, more than anything. It is literally a world I invented to escape into while I was...

Mr. Grinspoon’s Girls – Hiatus!

  So, I did a stupid thing. I wrote too efficiently. I’d meant to split this “arc” into five episodes, just like the others. (For the record, my instinct is apparently 3000 words a chapter, five episodes a story arc…I love learning about the invisible metrics that govern my mind.) I’d meant to leave us with Fanny Grinspoon as Anastasia’s newfound mentor, Nicholas with his head hanging down a bit, Allen with a new “sister,” and the two ensouled machines tucked safely back in the cottage, ready to resume their education and character development. And by “leave us,” I mean finish up, and take a necessary break. Because on August 13th, I will be at Authors After Dark in Savannah, Georgia! After some...

Mr. Grinspoon’s Girls — Episode 17 — Truth and Error

  Welcome back to Grinspoon, where Fanny continues to grow increasingly badass…     Nicholas Grinspoon’s ensouled machines–Anastasia and Simon–have been discovered. After the two bedraggled robots showed up on her doorstep, his wife, Fanny, quickly took matters into her own hands…securing their safety, repairing them as best she was able. Now she investigates the cottage where they were held, a stone’s throw from her own door, and finally…finally…gets the chance to interrogate her husband. She learns something about him, in the process.       Podcast: Play in new window The Mr. Grinspoon’s Girls banner and logo were designed by artist Bernardo Garcia. See more of his work here! (Please...

Mr. Grinspoon’s Girls – Episode 16 – The Bargain

  Ever wished that Fanny would get one up on Nicholas? Well, today’s your lucky day…     The extraordinary clockwork girl, Anastasia, has escaped the confines of the cottage–and still her creator, Nicholas Grinspoon, is nowhere to be found. Luckily, she stumbles upon two new humans…his wife and son. Little understanding the nature of the being before them, they nonetheless quickly apprehend her strangeness…and while Allen seeks to aid the mechanical girl, Fanny realizes that, in an odd way, Anastasia might be of help to her.       Podcast: Play in new window The Mr. Grinspoon’s Girls banner and logo were designed by artist Bernardo Garcia. See more of his work here! (Please note that some pictures may...

Mr. Grinspoon’s Girls — Episode 15 — The Secret Sister

  Aaaand we’re rolling on! For our next arc, we’re back to Allan. I feel like the train is picking up steam…       On the island-kingdom of Cantamen, near the town of Colshente, an inventor seems…aimless. Having been fired by the company he helped to found, his already anti-social behavior has worsened. He disappears for days at a time, leaving his wife and son to wonder where he has gone. They’re about to find out. For outside the house of Greenbriar, two mechanical beings wander through the dark and the rain, toward the edge of the universe.       Podcast: Play in new window The Mr. Grinspoon’s Girls banner and logo were designed by artist Bernardo Garcia. See more of his work here! (Please note...

Mr. Grinspoon’s Girls — Episode 14 — Remember No More

  This is it! The end of an arc (interestingly, the stories seem to naturally be occurring in five-episode arcs), and the end of first-person for a while. Annie, the first clockwork girl, has grown…and the world of the cottage has, in turn, become too small. And yet, it is not she who first strikes out… I’m proud of this episode–I think this is my best “acting” job yet!       In a cottage in an undisclosed location a girl sits alone, indulging her own memories. She has few of them to call upon, but for her, they represent life itself–for she is not permitted beyond the cottage walls. Ticking, thinking, she–the first of Grinspoon’s clockwork girls–tells her own story to herself, over...

Mr. Grinspoon’s Girls – Episode 13 – Randomly Accessed Memories, Pt. 3

  Aaand we’re back! Sorry about the lack of show last Monday–I wasn’t feeling well, and wasn’t able to record. This week we’re carrying on right where we left off. Annie’s world–the mysterious tiny, three-room cottage–is nonetheless site of many formative experiences…     In a cottage in an undisclosed location a girl sits alone, indulging her own memories. She has few of them to call upon, but for her, they represent life itself–for she is not permitted beyond the cottage walls. Ticking, thinking, she–the first of Grinspoon’s clockwork girls–tells her own story to herself, over and over…little knowing that the mysterious thing inside her, the bundle of...