In news that will surprise absolutely no one, my sophomore novel ORANGE MOUND has been pushed back. That’s right, Dear Readers. Y’all are gonna have to wait on my next literary masterpiece.
Orange Mound has been pushed back for a variety of reasons: it’s still going through edits, we’re revamping our marketing plan, yada yada yada. In the end, we want to ensure that we publish the best possible work for your reading enjoyment. I don’t want y’all to pick up my novel and say it’s crap. And if you do, I at least want you to say that it’s good-looking crap, haha.
The new release date for Orange Mound has not yet been solidified, but I can tell you that it will be sometime in March 2013.
Lots of Black folks, myself included, have been worried about Quentin Tarantino’s treatment of slavery-era America in his upcoming film Django Unchained. Unlike with his previous releases, I was unable to get my hands on the screenplay when it was available online so I had no idea what to expect.
Well, the first trailer for the film premiered last week, attached to the release of Ridley Scott’s sci-fi action horror flick Prometheus. And after watching it, and rewatching it, and rewatching it again, I gotta say … I’m looking forward to Django Unchained.
Posted in Cool Story Bro, Movies, Random Cool, Video
Tagged Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained, James Brown, Jamie Foxx, Johnny Cash, Leonardo DiCaprio, Prometheus, quentin tarantino, Ridley Scott, Roots
Every day, someone tweets or emails or otherwise messages me to let me know that they’ve read my novel GUESTLIST. It’s an amazing feeling, to know that something I’ve written has affected another human being in so strongly a way that they must reach out to me to let me know their opinion.
I’ve heard it all – people love Juliet and Swann, others hate Ava with the intensity of a thousand white suns. For some, it presents a New York City that is authentic and wholly familiar; for others, it’s like visiting the city for the first time and experiencing a world they’ve never before encountered. I’ve had people tell me my characters have motivated them, and I’ve had people question whether certain characters are based on them. I’ve had people dream about my characters. Hell, I’ve even had someone tell me they think Ava is the good guy of the whole damn thing!
The point I’m trying to make is, everyone who’s read GUESTLIST has a strong opinion of the novel. That’s a good thing. I want people to talk about it, to love it or hate it.
Posted in Books, Cool Story Bro, New York City, Writers, writing
Tagged Amazon, Ava Rice, Barnes and Noble, Book, Byron Lord, eBook, GoodReads, GUESTLIST by Jay Fingers, Juliet Feliz, Kindle, Library Thing, Marcel Swann, Napoleon Fey, New York City, novel, Shelfari
Welp, it’s June. Which means I am once again attempting to go an entire month without having an alcoholic beverage. Sweet Baby Jesus, help me.
Many people ask why I would subject myself to such needless torture and self-abuse. The reasons are many, but here are my main three:
- My body needs a break. I’m not a young whippersnapper running wild in the streets of Miami-Dade County any more. I’m a grown ass man trying to make a living, and be taken seriously, as a writer. I can’t do the shit I used to do and still expect above average results. So, that means cutting out the alcohol, eating properly, and getting more rest.
- My bank account needs a break. I spent way too much fucking money on alcohol alone last month. If I’d invested just half of that money into my business, I’d be able to do some things I now must wait to do. Enough is fucking enough, man. I joke about being poor but the reality is, I’m a profligate spendthrift. I need to chill the fuck out, son.
- I’ll have more time. As mentioned earlier, by cutting out drinking, even for just a month, I’ll have more time to do things I need to do, namely write and cook. If I’m not putting in full eight hour shifts in someone’s bar, then I can spend those eight hours writing the sequel to Gueslist. (Ha! Fooled you. That ain’t happening. The sequel, I mean.) If I’m not out in the street, drunk and hungry, I won’t be tempted to spend an average of $20 per meal every day. I’ll be in my kitchen, making everything from steak and potatoes to PB&Js, and at a fraction of the cost.
You women love that mommy porn, huh?
It’s too late to deny it. Wanna know how I know? GalleyCat reports that E.L. James’ erotic Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy has sold a cool, combined total of ten million books (paperbacks, eBooks, and audiobooks) in six short weeks.
So sayeth Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group president Anthony Chirico:
This is an astonishing number. The sales velocity for Fifty Shades of Grey is unprecedented, with reader demand still growing. BookScan data indicates that the trilogy has captured twenty-five percent of the adult fiction market in recent weeks.
Posted in Books, Cool Story Bro, News, Publishing, Writers, writing
Tagged Anthony Chirico, E.L. James, Fifty Shades Darker, Fifty Shades Freed, Fifty Shades of Grey, Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Mommy Porn
According to Shadow & Act, playwright Dominique Morisseau has been awarded the Playwrights of New York (PONY) Fellowship. Make no mistake, this is no small feat; in fact, my fellow Memphian, and writer of The Mountaintop, Katori Hall is a past recipient of this award.
Posted in Arts, Cool Story Bro, New York City, News, Writers, writing
Tagged Detroit '67, Dominique Morisseau, Katori Hall, LARK Play Development Center, Playwright's Workshop, Playwrights of New York, Playwriting, Sunset Baby