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Artist’s Statement

I had a conversation earlier today with the amazingly talented and gifted poet Dionne Cherie and in it, she described my work as “truly exquisite, sophisticated, intricate and descriptive.” I should have her do all my press, right? Anyway, I’ve been thinking of putting together an artist’s statement regarding my work and her description is certainly something I’d very much like to live up to and as such, I’m thinking of just adopting it outright as my goal: to produce work that is truly exquisite, sophisticated, intricate and descriptive.

I looked up the definitions of those words and here they are:


marked by flawless craftsmanship or by beautiful, ingenious, delicate, or elaborate execution

marked by nice discrimination, deep sensitivity, or subtle understanding

finely done or made: very beautiful or delicate

very sensitive or fine

extreme or intense


having or showing a lot of experience and knowledge about the world and about culture, art, literature, etc.

highly developed and complex


having many complexly interrelating parts or elements


giving information about how something or someone looks, sounds, etc. : using words to describe what something or someone is like

So one problem has been neatly solved for me; I’ve got an artist’s statement.

But now a new problem presents itself. I don’t know what I should be writing. I mean, the last two big stories I wrote were pulp (I almost wrote ‘just pulp’). I don’t know. It feels like I should be more ambitious. I mean, producing work that’s “truly exquisite, sophisticated, intricate and descriptive” and I’m basically cribbing 1930’s pulp fiction – it just feels like I should be doing more. Stretching my abilities, trying to do things I haven’t done before. I just don’t know what.

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New Orleans-based fantasy and science fiction author Brandon Black is the editor of the By Gaslight steampunk anthology series. He has a Bachelor’s in Military and Political Journalism and a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. His short fiction has appeared in Dark Oak Press’ Dreams of Steam III and Seventh Star Press’ A Chimerical World: Tales of the Seelie Court. Brandon has just published a short anthology of steampunk and gaslamp fiction short stories entitled Mechanical Tales and is working on completing his first novel. His most recent story “The Night Mississippi Declared War on the Moon,” has been published in Capes and Clockwork 2.
All text copyright Brandon Black 2016.

2 responses

  1. Dive deep and write what you most WANT to write — Be fearless! — Make your writing reflect what speaks to your heart and excites your mind. Write what you’d most want to READ and don’t forget to enjoy the process.


    Aug 11, 2016 at 3:36 pm

  2. No, man, no, you should do what you love. And you love pulp. (You should edit an anthology called JUST PULP.) Write what you love as long as you love it. And if you feel the need after time to work on something more, shall we say, substantial, then you will love that.


    Aug 11, 2016 at 5:35 pm