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Interview with the Future

Today’s Proust answers come from Irdaign, midwife, gipsy, princess, seer, and grandmother to the heroine of Allaigna’s Song by JM Landels, which appears in each issue of Pulp Literature.

  1. IrdaignWhat is your idea of perfect happiness? I look forward to the day when all the puzzle pieces I’ve seen fall into place.
  2. What is your greatest fear?  That meddling with Fate for the sake of peace will cost the lives of those I hold dear.
  3. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?  My inability to live in the present.
  4. What is the trait you most deplore in others?  Cowardice.
  5. On what occasion do you lie?  My life is wrapped in lies.  Easier to ask, when do I tell the truth?
  6. What do you most dislike about your appearance?  My appearance suits my needs, depending on my current role in life.  Other than that, it is irrelevant.
  7. Which words or phrases do you most overuse? “It is beyond my control.”  That too, is often a lie.
  8. When and where were you happiest?  When my daughter was young and my husband’s soul unbroken by the deaths of his father, brother and sister.
  9. Which talent would you most like to have? To be able to close my inner eye.
  10. What do you consider your greatest achievement?  My family.
  11. What is your most treasured possession?   Peace.
  12. What is your most marked characteristic?  My voice.
  13. What is your greatest regret?  Leaving my daughter at court when I was set aside.  I should have taken her with me and Fate be damned.
  14. How would you like to die?  If not with the knowledge, then at least with the illusion that my grandchildren will live happily ever after.
  15. What is your motto?  Fate be damned.
  16. What is something we’d never glean about you from Allaigna’s SongWhen I was young I could pick a lock with a breath of air, and pick your pocket with a smile.

J Green Spur croppedJM Landels wears nearly as many hats as Bartholomew Cubbins: writer, editor, artist, equestrian, and swordswoman are just a few.  After acquiring her degree in Mediaeval English Lit she went to London to get a PhD in English, but instead dyed her hair pink and joined a rock band.  She currently splits her time between working on Pulp Literature, managing Red Colt Equestrian Farm Co-op, and teaching Mounted Combat for Academie Duello.

Allaigna’s Song: Overture is currently being serialized in Pulp Literature.  To read the installments in order, begin at Issue 1, Winter 2014, currently available on our Kickstarter page.

Swords at the Ready

Take a wander over to the blog of swordfighting guru Guy Windsor who is writing a book on … well, Swordfighting … and you’ll catch a sneak peak of some upcoming Pulp Lit fight scenes.  There’s part of an upcoming chapter of Allaigna’s Song (in which she meets her heart’s desire) plus some rough panel sketches of “The Ambush”, a graphic short story scheduled for issue 8.

http://guywindsor.net/blog/2014/10/writing-swordfights-and-a-great-offer/#sthash.hE6vuL82.dpbs

And if you write historical fiction, fantasy or games and want to get those sword fights right,  you’ll definitely want to check out Swordfighting when it comes out!

A Work in Progress

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Artwork for Allaigna’s Song by JM Landels

Things are chugging along nicely here at Pulp Literature as we ramp up to the launch of our Kickstarter campaign next week.  Content is falling into place, and our editing gears are clicking away.  I need to keep reminding myself that I have creative content to provide as well.  Here are some unfinished pencils of a piece I’m working on for our first issue.

It’s a family portrait containing two of the three main characters in Allaigna’s Song:  Allaigna and her mother, Lauresa.  (Also pictured, the annoying baby brother, but we needn’t talk about him just now).

The drawing has been sitting in its unfinished state for some time, and I’m finding it hard to touch a pen or brush to it.  Partly it’s because I’m not entirely happy with the pencils yet.  It is not just any illustration; it’s the opening scene of the story, and I want to get it right.

But also, there is one part that is right — just right — and I’m a little bit nervous I might ruin it with ink.

You sometimes hear writers talk about how characters take over, and begin writing themselves.  Well, apparently it happens in sketches too.  This is not how I imagined Lauresa when I wrote her, or even when I began to draw her; but she had other ideas.  Lauresa portrait

She was supposed to look more tired, harried, oppressed by post-partum blues and an unhappy marriage. Indeed, her right eye is withdrawn and weary.  But the left — it pins the viewer.  This is the eye of a woman who knows she is the matriarch.  Her husband’s possessive hand on her shoulder is irrelevant, for it is she who calmly holds the future in her arms and challenges you to say otherwise.

My brush-pen hovers over the page and this woman looks back at me, saying ‘don’t you dare mess it up.’

I’m embarrassed to report I seem to have been intimidated by my own character.  Who’ll win the battle of nerves?  Hard to say at this point.  Wish me luck …