Summer ’17 Updates

Hello there, world!

Look here: a blog post!

It’s been a wild few months since I’ve updated the blog, but I wanted to update my readers on a few writing endeavors that they can read, and/ or look forward to.

First, I’ll have an article in the Summer edition of Pegasus Magazine, the lush and colorful and over-sized publication of UCF Marketing. I’ve interviewed and profiled comic writer Robert Venditti (UCF ’01), and because the magazine is awesome (a real coffee table item) we wrote the piece as a four-page comic. It’ll be beautiful, and very different than most interviews and profiles you’re used to reading. If you’re a UCF alum, you’ll likely see it in your mail at the start of July.

Speaking of comics: this past Spring, my Rhetoric of Comics class was profiled in the Orlando Sentinel. Follow the link here for an article and video. The print version ran on the front page of the newspaper!

My comic “Mark’s Days” was also published at Knee-Jerk Magazine. And my comic adaptation of Lavinia Ludlow’s Single Stroke Seven is here. I’ve also got a few other comics circulating out in the submission nethersphere, so hopefully positive updates soon.

And if you’ve ever read/ enjoyed my empathetic fiction that takes on the POV of disposable victims in B-movies, here’s a new entry in that series: “A Zombie in Dawn of the Dead Transitions From an All-Juice Diet,”  in JMWW. I should also have another short fiction published in print, too, from The Meadow.

And I don’t think I shared it last summer, mostly because I was shell-shocked by the Pulse shooting here in Orlando, but I wrote a very long interview/ essay about writing Orlando/ Florida fiction, and writing about fraternities, and writing about fatherhood, at Prick of the Spindle. It feels a bit like a manifesto, and you can read it here.

Bye for now! I’m off to enjoy my air conditioning! #summerinflorida

 

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News Items!

Well, here in Orlando, we’ve survived Hurricane Matthew…mostly…until it swings back around and pops us in the eye for gloating.

I wanted to make a quick Fall 2016 posting to share a couple links.

The first is about my “Rhetoric of Comics” course. I was recently interviewed by a student in the College of Arts & Humanities about the course and its purpose, and you can find the final article here at NSM Today: “UCF Professor Uses Comic Strips to Teach Social Understanding.” There’s a picture of me drawing a picture on my office wall. Is that enough to entice you to follow the link?

Also, I forgot to share (back in July) a really cool online article about the literary community’s reaction to the Pulse shootings. This is from Sarah Nicholas at Book Riot, and–despite the horror of that day and its aftermath–I think this article is a really joyful look at a community coming together and doing beautiful things: “#Litlando Meets #Orlandostrong.”

And here’s a link to video of the monthly lit event “Loose Lips,” wherein I was recently invited to read an original piece of fiction called “Gabby Douglas Will Destroy Us All.” It’s a fun story, I think, and because it was topical in nature (the event essentially asks you to write about a current event) I don’t really have plans to seek publication with it. It lived at Loose Lips, in that bar, under the haze of two full beers (it was a week night, come on), and it now lives here in this video, and that is enough.

Soon, I hope to have another link to share, as one of my recent comics was accepted for publication online. Until then, it’s October, Scary Movie Month, so you know what I’ll be doing! That’s right! Falling asleep at 9 PM without watching a scary movie!

Orlando

Oh. hello there.

The week after the shooting at the Pulse nightclub was a difficult one for many of us in Orlando. I tried to organize my thoughts in comic form, posted the images on Facebook, and then was deeply honored to have Green Mountains Review publish the final comic on their site. I often use writing to make sense of things in my life, but this was probably the first time that I’d ever used the medium of the comic. For some reason, it just felt right.

You can see the final product here.

Coincidentally, I was also interviewed by the journal Prick of the Spindle about (among other things) how I write Florida fiction, and how I write the city of Orlando. That interview was written up last year sometime, and was slated to be published online on Father’s Day of this year. (A great deal of the interview focused upon my book The Things I Don’t See, which was really all about fatherhood.) Father’s Day, of course, came one week after the Pulse nightclub shootings.

It felt in poor taste to make too big a deal of this interview, since so much of it was about the city of Orlando as a setting for fiction, and yet the interview didn’t (obviously) acknowledge the shooting…I was really thankful to Prick of the Spindle for still running the interview, even though the tone of the piece (written before anyone could’ve predicted what would happen) is so at odds with what had just occurred. I haven’t reread the bits of the interview that discuss Orlando, but soon I will. It’s probably the closest I’ve come to writing a personal manifesto about “how I write about Florida” and “how I write about fraternity life,” so it’s definitely something that I feel strongly about, and–if you’ve read any of my work, and dig what you saw–it’s totally worth a read.

Thanks for reading and/or visiting this blog. Enjoy your summers: we’re just getting started, and already I feel like I want to go live in my freezer.

Book Covers and Comics!

A couple quick updates, from Nathan Holic the artist (as opposed to Nathan Holic the fiction writer, or even Nathan Holic the editor or Nathan Holic the sometimes-blogger)!

Last Fall, I had the opportunity to teach a class called The Rhetoric of Comics. It was a blast, and I savored every second of it. I also created a course-specific blog for the class, which is one reason why I haven’t been updating this–my author site/ blog–very often in the last few months. It’s tough to keep so many portals constantly updated. Anyway, though, the class is now over, but the blog still exists. If you’re interested in seeing some of the assignments and the student work from the class, just click here.

I’m also excited to announce the publication of author-punker Lavinia Ludlow’s second novel, Single Stroke Seven, which will burst onto the scene in March. Lavinia asked me to draw the cover of the book, which you can see below. To order the book, click here.

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You can also read some of Lavinia’s writing advice/ lessons here. She references some of our interactions as writer-editor team a few years back, so I get a name-drop or two.

And finally, because I was teaching a Rhetoric of Comics course last Fall, I spent a lot of time writing/ drawing comics. (That’s what happens. When I teach a particular genre, I wind up immersing myself in it, and really spending all of my creative time indulging in that genre.) So, in addition to creating the course syllabus and all of the assignment sheets as comics (see two example images below), I also wanted to draw at least one complete original comic.

At the end of the Fall semester, I received two different opportunities to do so.

The first was an invitation to participate in the ongoing Transit Interpretation Project (TrIP) here in Orlando, which asks local artists to use public transit in the city and then “interpret” the experience. Orlando is, quite simply, not a city known for its incredible public transit, and so many of the pieces of artwork offer commentary on the issues that riders face. My own contribution was a little more light-hearted, but (I think) also speaks to how/why public transit is used in the city (more as a lark than as a reliable method to get somewhere)…my wife and I took a “date day” on the SunRail, and you can read my comic here.

Finally, novelist Alex Kudera asked me to contribute a comic adaptation of one chapter of his novel Fight For Your Long Day for a brand-new classroom edition of the book. This was a pretty involved project, and one of the longest comics I’d created in awhile. Below is a single page, and I’ll offer updates when the edition is published. You can read Alex Kudera’s blog for more information.

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What’s going on this Spring? Well, I’m teaching, and finishing final revisions on a novel I’ve been working on since 2010 or so. And then there’s AWP in Los Angeles at the start of April, where I’ll sit on a panel to talk about my Rhetoric of Comics course. So there are some things coming up for writer-teacher-editor-artist Nathan Holic. Maybe I’ll write another blog update to let you know about them? Maybe…maybe…That might be a productive use of time.

An Essay, and a Review

Last week, The Orlandoan was gracious enough to publish a series of my essays analyzing the depiction of Orlando in three young adult novels. The essay was occasioned by the release of John Green’s Paper Towns (which takes place in Orlando). I haven’t seen the movie yet, so feel free to post comments about it if you have…I love The Orlandoan, though, and was excited to be a part of their site.

Also last week, Entropy Magazine reviewed my book The Things I Don’t See, and critic Lavinia Ludlow had some great things to say about it. Follow the link, and read more! Here’s a brief excerpt:

This novel is a prime example of how our individual fears and insecurities might possibly be more mutilating than reality itself, and how we unintentionally punish those closest to us for fear of them making the same mistakes, especially children. A quick and well-written read, Nathan Holic’s The Things I Don’t See is an extraordinary piece of work.

Cincinnati Review

It’s been a little while since I’ve posted, and I keep forgetting to post/update, but I figured: today is a good day for a blog post.

If you haven’t already seen/read, The Cincinnati Review (and author Don Peteroy) did a great write-up of my new novella, The Things I Don’t See.

Check it out here!

If you haven’t already picked up a copy of the book, you can order online from Main Street Rag (the publisher), or drop me an email for a signed copy, or (if you’re in Orlando) swing by Bookmark It in East End Market, or trudge to the Barnes & Noble Bookstore on the University of Central Florida campus.

Launch Week

Here goes!

So my new novella, The Things I Don’t See, has technically been “available” for a little over a month. If you pre-ordered, you should’ve received it in the mail by now. If you’ve seen me walking around town, you should’ve seen that I wear it around like a sandwich board. And if you’re friends with me on Facebook, you should know that I did a “soft release” at the first-ever “Wine and Sign” for BookmarkIt in East End Market. But, for about a thousand different reasons, I haven’t planned a much-larger “release party” (confetti, party hats, people yelling “whooooo!”, etc.), and I haven’t been very active in trying to “market” the book (shouting constantly from my Facebook pulpit, participating in reading events, etc.).

The reason for this, as you’ll see, is that I have a very big week ahead of me. I’m just going to call it “LAUNCH WEEK” because why not? Yes, the book is out. But seriously, does the ENTIRE WORLD know that it’s out? If not, then it’s time to launch the thing.

This coming week (4/12 – 4/18), there are three places where you can catch me reading from The Things I Don’t See, and where you can pick up a signed copy. That’s right! I’m peddlin’ and hustlin’ all week long (in a totally non-dirty, non-creepy way). And, as far as I know, none of these places/events interferes with the Game of Thrones season premiere, or the Daredevil series premiere (that’s totally on the Netflix, peeps, so you can actually watch that WHILE attending one of my events!).

Looking forward to launching my book with style, and with large drunken crowds whose noisy chatter overpowers my reading voice. So mark your calendars! Bring your checkbooks! And see you soon!

Tuesday, April 14: There Will Be Words

7:00 PM. Reading with Cate McGowan and Jamie Poissant (both of whom also have new books out!). For more info, and directions, check out the Facebook event page.

Wednesday, April 15: UCF Town & Gown Luncheon

11:30 AM, Morgridge International Reading Center (technically, this is a private event…so let’s hope there’s purple lettuce and interestingly shaped butter for the rolls!)

Saturday, April 18: UCF Book Fest

The UCF Book Festival is an annual event coordinated by the College of Education. It takes place over the course of a full day, and features a wide range of authors, from memoirists to novelists to children’s book authors to food writers.

Check out the full schedule and list of authors here: http://education.ucf.edu/bookfest/schedule.cfm (Links to an external site.)

I’m reading from my new novella at 2 PM, but there are some great panels and events throughout the day.

LAUNCH WEEK! BOOKS FOR EVERYONE!

Hope to see you there!

Things I Dont See

 

We Creep Closer…

As we creep closer to the release date for The Things I Don’t See, my new novella, it’s exciting to see that other people are, like, actually talking about the book.

The first is the Orlando Weekly, our alternative newspaper here in town. They’ve been incredibly supportive of the work I’ve done with Burrow Press, and of my first novel (American Fraternity Man), and it was exciting to see The Things I Don’t See mentioned in an article today about books they’re looking forward to in 2015.

The second is The Drunken Odyssey, my favorite literature and culture-themed podcast, hosted by the brilliant and funny John King. John reads the first page(s) of my new book at the start of his latest podcast, then delves into the 15 Views of Miami collection (I was the series editor!) as he interviews editor Jaquira Diaz, who put together a truly amazing book. Listeners also get to hear Jaquira read a page or two from her novel, which is totally worth the price of admission. (It’s a free download, of course, for the uninitiated.)

And also pretty cool: there’s this, from the blog of bestselling author Jeff Vandermeer, who recently visited Orlando. He talks with Ryan Rivas at Burrow Press (with whom I’ve spent a lot of time and energy in constructing the “15 Views” series), and says some great things about the Orlando literary community. Ryan’s such a smart, caring, and hard-working editor and publisher…it’s awesome to see him getting the regional and national attention that he deserves for his efforts.

That’s all for today. Happy holidays to all of my loyal blog followers, and–if you’re looking for a way to spend that extra $6 in your paycheck–remember to hit up the Things I Don’t See pre-sale, which concludes very soon!

The Things I Don’t See – Pre-Sale!

Here is the posting I’ve been looking forward to sharing!

My new novella, The Things I Don’t See, has an official page on the Main Street Rag Publishing Company’s online bookstore, and an official release date. In fact, you can even order it right now.

It would actually be my suggestion (gentle, but still enthusiastic) to follow this link and place your order during the limited-time-only pre-sale event. I honestly don’t know how long the pre-sale lasts, and while I realize that this is an over-clever infomercial type of expression (“Act now!” etc.), I can seriously tell you that–should you have even the remotest interest in ordering, and/or reading, and/or just sort of touching the book–you’ll want to order while the price is $6.00.

Yes, $6.00 pricetag during the pre-sale. Not a typo. Soon, the price will double to its actual “regular” cover price of $12.00. I am not a publisher, and I know nothing about print runs, and overhead, and all of that, so all I can say is that $6.00 is pretty frickin’ awesome, and it’s a price that will soon go away, and so, like, follow the link above and go buy at least two copies so that you’ll have an extra one in case teenagers break into your home and steal your first copy.  I mean, $6.00? That’s how much I pay for used copies of unpopular books when I search through Amazon’s marketplace…and my book is neither “used” nor “unpopular,” so…

Below is the cover to my novella, and I think it looks pretty spectacular. A million thanks to Lesley Silvia for the gorgeous colors, and for turning a sketch of mine into a full-color replica of an old 1950s EC comic cover.

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The Writing Process Blog Tour – Continued

A week or so ago, I posted my entry in the “My Writing Process” blog tour.

I tagged three writers, John King, Mark Pursell, and Teege Braune, who continued the tour.

For your easy reading pleasure, I have compiled the links to their blog posts here. Enjoy!

Mark Pursell, at the Burrow Press Blog

John King, “A Word From the King

Teege Braune, “Process This!”