This has proven a busy (in a good way) past few days. I heard back from Dragon Soul Press yesterday. I sent them some of my poetry for their upcoming anthology, Organic Ink, Volume 2, which is currently due to come out around the end of 2019.*
I’m pleased to say that my work is going to appear in the anthology, and they sent me this graphic. The book, I’m told, is going to be available in both electronic and physical formats, as the picture below suggests.
I’m particularly pleased the editors decided to use the longish poem that I wrote as a retelling of the Pandora’s Box myth, The War of the Jar. The idea came, in part, from reminding myself of Hesiod’s five ages of humanity from Works and Days. My poem was set in his third age where (as Hesiod reports), Zeus created a “race, sprung from ash trees; and it was in no way equal to the silver age, but it was terrible and strong.”
So I am thinking that I might extend things and do some other poetry for Hesiod’s other four ages too. Although I was never a particular fan of the Pandora myth, since I first heard it as a wee one in the late 1960’s, I am a fan of Hesiod’s Five Ages, which evokes for me vibrations of Conan and the Drums of Tombalku, mixed with a little H.P. Lovecraft, various romantics, and a dash of Blake and maybe Milton.
I haven’t sallied forth onto the painting front for quite awhile, but I decided to brave the Plateau of Unpainted Models (possibly near Leng?) and pick away at a poxwalker I got about half done and then left to its own devices a few months ago.
I stepped away for a few minutes and when I came back I found I had a painting helper, who had no intention of moving from her spot. (Maybe the plateau is in fact nearer Ulther than Leng?)
In any case, between the two of us we made some good progress on our poxwalker and hope to finish #17 this weekend. I went to see the new Rambo movie this weekend with my husband, and afterwards bought some Plaguebearer Flesh contrast paint to experiment with on old #17.**
* As a reader, I’m planning on checking out DSP’s story anthology, Coffins & Dragons, which as I understand features stories that have both vampires and dragons in the same tale. At a mighty 620 pages, it is quite a hefty tome and will keep me busy for awhile, I’m sure.
** I think poxwalkers like it when you experiment on them; at least I think they try and get into the spirit of the thing. Still, I think it is fast approaching the time we should bring the experiment to a happy conclusion. After all, I have been working on the wretched mob since the Dark Imperium boxed set first arrived, over two years ago now!