Category: Weekly Updates

Magazines, Oh My!

Magazines, Oh My!

It’s been a really busy month and I’m glad to be closing out July. Helios Quarterly Magazine will be out in September, with EOS (the diversity section) coming to the web around August 15th. I’ll also be submitting somemore poetry to literay magazines. Otherwise, I’ll be a little silent here as I establish Radiant Crown Publishing, LLC.

– E. O. Smith

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian

I remember distinctly sleepwalking through my elementary school library, till I was awakened by a strange tale set in France. I’d been fascinated with the play between illustration and the written word for a long time by then. I devoured comic books and reading material beyond my grade level. It’s feed into my obsession with movies, further enabled by the advent of Netflix, presently.

So image my suprise when a book came along that wasn’t quite a book, wasn’t quite a picture book or graphic novel, and couldn’t be placed in a distinct category. I’ll never forget when our school librarian dutifully tried to explain the Dewey decimal system, and remarked she didn’t know where this book should be placed.

And, I loved that. I still love that about this book, operating in a liminal space, thriving off of imagination not constrained by its context. For those who don’t know the story, it’s described as such on the website:

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick ORPHAN, CLOCK KEEPER, AND THIEF, twelve-year-old Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric girl and the owner of a small toy booth in the train station, Hugo’s undercover life, and his most precious secret, are put in jeopardy. A cryptic drawing, a treasured notebook, a stolen key, a mechanical man, and a hidden message all come together…in The Invention of Hugo Cabret.

This 526-page book is told in both words and pictures. The Invention of Hugo Cabret is not exactly a novel, and it’s not quite a picture book, and it’s not really a graphic novel, or a flip book, or a movie, but a combination of all these things. Each picture (there are nearly three hundred pages of pictures!) takes up an entire double page spread, and the story moves forward because you turn the pages to see the next moment unfold in front of you.

Have you ever been so enthralled by a work it’s inspired you to this day? That’s what this book did for me when I was young. Moving forward with my own work, and my penchant for mixing illustrations with writing, I thought it would make sense to revisit why I have such a strong urge to do so.

As Always,

– E. O. Smith

Give Way to the New

Give Way to the New

It’s been a rough couple of weeks to say the least! I’m glad I’m back on my feet, and thankful that things are starting to look more positive. In some great news, I’ve finally decided on my goals for 2017 as an author. Also, for a bit of fun I’m starting a new interactive flash fiction story that can be found on my Twitter below. You vote and direct how it’ll go! This is still experimental but, if it has a positive enough response, I might consider doing another one.

– E. O. Smith

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Growing Pains 

Growing Pains 

My Grandma has passing away and has left me in a mild depression as of late. I’m trying to look on the bright side of things. As I look forward to the summertime, I’m hoping to make significant progress on one novel and make plans to serialize another. Till then, I’ll just try to stay focused.

– E. O. Smith

A New Look

A New Look

Just a quick note! Above is my before and after picture for my photo shoot. I took author profile shots and am very excited to see the results!

– E. O. Smith