International Pixel-stained Technopeasant Day

International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant DayBefore I unveil my contribution to International Pixel-stained Technopeasant Day, I’d like to make an important and relevant announcement. I’ve been posting my novel, Shades of Milk and Honey as I’ve been writing it. Among the people reading it, was an agent. I’m pleased to report that as a direct result of posting my fiction online, I have now signed with Jenny Rae Rappaport of the L. Perkins Agency.

And now, some more free fiction. In addition to the novel, I have a short fiction offering for you in two forms. You may read “Beauty Will Come” or you may watch and listen to it. By combining the old puppetry form of toy theater with my nifty new digital webcam, I’ve made a Pixel-Stained Technopeasant short film.

Happy International Pixel-stained Day!

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13 Responses

  1. Minister

    Whoa! That’s awesome! About the agent — I don’t even have time to watch the short thingy before dashing to work, but I stopped to read your blog while munching my pear before the daily dash — and I’m glad I did. Congratulations! (Of course, all of us who have read your work for a while knew this was practically inevitable.)

  2. Maggie

    That is most excellent! Congratulations!

    Of course, none of us are surprised.

    (As for your story, I’ll have to watch it later when I’m on my desktop so I can fully appreciate the puppetry. But I look forward to it.)

  3. Mary Robinette Kowal

    Thank you! I’m tickled pink.

    I must say, that as a demonstration of puppetry, this is pretty lacking. It’s more like an illustrated audio chapbook. For puppetry it does waaaay too much tell and not enough show. But it was fun.

  4. -d-

    I’m curious about how long it took you to do the video? Did you already have the audio? I’m impressed. Of course, when you are sitting around a house with everything except the kitchen sink packed up you may have more time on your hands than the rest of us do:-) Oh, the webcam wasn’t packed up yet either.

  5. Mary Robinette Kowal

    It took me most of the day yesterday. I already had the toy theater framework and the scenery outside the window. I had been working on an adaptation of Boccaccio’s Decameron and hadn’t gotten much farther than the scenery before I got distracted by a paying gig. I’ve kept it around because Toy Theater just doesn’t take up a lot of space.

    I recorded the audio in our bedroom, with my headset, which is why it is fairly low quality.

    The hardest thing was learning how the puppets interacted with the camera. They are tiny, so any trembling was amplified by the closeups.

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