Dabir and Asim Return

skelosFor the first time this year I’ve sold a short story. I’m delighted to relay that the upcoming Skelos magazine will be carrying a never-before-published Dabir and Asim story in its second issue! You can see magazine details here and there is, briefly, still time to get in on its kickstarter.

I still fully plan to finish writing at least one more Dabir and Asim novel. If I can actually maintain the pace with this current set of drafts, I hope to find time to create a new Dabir and Asim every other year or so and market it as an e-book. That’s assuming that the next one sells, and that ANY of my next books sell, of course. I think they will, I plan for them to sell, but one does have to be realistic about these things.farwell my lovely

Over the weekend I discovered it was possible to over-Chandler ones self, although reading a bunch of Chandler was a great antidote to fantasy. I was able to resume editing my own prose Monday morning with pretty clear eyes and see a number of little things here and there that needed fixing up.

My new(ish) writing method allows for quick drafting, but if I’m not careful the result can be kind of sparse, so I’m going back through and adding in a lot more background detail and a little more personality to some of the point of view stuff. It’s going slower than I intended, but I’m also pleased with the result. And since I don’t yet seem to be a writer who’s become self-indulgent, I think if I’m happy with it you probably will be.

As to being overly Chandlered, there suddenly came a point when Marlowe (or Dalmas) had been knocked out too many times, and my faith in Chandler’s plotting grew shaken, especially after seeing how he was tying up older stories together. My mistake was probably reading all the stories he’d never wanted reprinted because he’d cannibalized them to draft a number of his books. It was pretty educational, though, as to studying his methods.

I could go on, but this post is fragmented enough as it is. I’ll drift back to talking about Raymond Chandler eventually, I’m sure, and will try to discuss my thoughts in more detail then.


10 Comments on “Dabir and Asim Return

  1. First: Hooray! More Dabir & Asim! I already backed Skelos, and I’ll happily pick up the next novel in whatever form it manifests in.

    Second, interesting observation about your Chandler mistake. I’ve had the same thing happen sometimes when I do a deep dive into, e.g., Howard and find myself reading a bunch of stories and a bunch of the cannibalized sources.

  2. “I’m delighted to relay that the upcoming Skelos magazine will be carrying a never-before-published Dabir and Asim story in its second issue!”

    Sweet! Congratulations!

  3. ‘Bout time. Many congratulations. These guys can live on for decades yet. : )

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  5. Thanks, all of you! The response and interest level in this announcement was really heartening.

  6. Coming late to the party, but this is exciting news! I had backed Skelos (how could I not support more S&S?) so this is like a karmic gift for doing the right thing.

    You keep writing Dabir and Asim and release them any way you decide and we’ll keep buying them. With joy,

  7. “Getting knocked out.”
    Howard, do you think “hero gets captured” also poses similar issues? I have been reading a bunch of REH lately, and I do get thrown a little when Conan gets thrown in a jail (from which he always escapes, due to some crazy happenstance). It strains my credibility.

  8. Hey Michael,

    I think the problem comes if we read too much of one author, or even one style of storytelling, in one big gulp. Almost all writers have tics or favorite plots or themes. Some, like Burroughs, aren’t the least bit subtle about it (how many times does Tarzan find a lost city of ancients in the jungle, or John Carter or some other Martian hero have to go rescue a kidnapped damsel?).

    I’ve been reading a lot of hard boiled private eye fiction in the last few years, and the hero getting conked on the head turns up all the time, just like heroes getting captured in adventure fiction. Back then it was just done that way and no one thought twice about it. Probably we have different things we’re doing today. I know back in the 90s it seemed like all fantasy heroes had to be destined to become king or wizard from some humble background.

    In any case, I don’t know that it’s a bug any more than it’s a feature. It’s just emblematic of either the genre or the time. When I start getting annoyed with something characteristic of the writer/style that I come across, I now know it’s time to get to reading or watching something else. It doesn’t mean to stop loving it. I’m pretty sure Kirk out-logiced more than three computers over the course of the original series, but I still love the original show.

    I’ve rambled! In short, I think that it’s not a problem so much as a warning sign that it’s time to read something else so you don’t lose the magic the writer’s trying to present. Probably none of them ever expected we’d sit down with a big stack of their stories and read them all in a row.

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