“The Sorry Songbird” and Other Tales From the Splinters is a writing blog run by yours truly, M. Weaver, author and co-creator of project Boot Hill. After some hemming and hawing, I decided to move over to WordPress from Blogspot; my old blog, Word Drop Soup, is now defunct. Here, I will be cataloging my struggles, victories (if there are any!), rants and raves while re-writing, editing and possibly even agent-shopping my novel-in-progress. Oh, and there will be much music to be shared. Much music.

Boot Hill doesn’t start here. I wish I could remember the specific details, but what I do know is this: the idea for Boot Hill started as a tiny germ of a concept (like most ideas) in the fall of 2007. My brilliant, dear friend Hunter (dapperowl @ tumblr) and I had recently seen the 2007 remake of 3:10 To Yuma with Russell Crowe, Christian Bale, and Ben Foster.

It was fucking epic. And we fell absolutely in love. (If you haven’t seen it, you’re missing out.)

Up until that point, we had both enjoyed the occasional western here and there, as well as the overall aesthetic of the late 1800s in the United States/Europe. But that film was the straw that broke the camel’s back into full-on obsession. We wanted to come up with a western of our very own, and we were going to do it.

And so it was that Finch and Lindsey were born during a brainstorm one evening via MSN instant messenger.

More than four years later, Hunter has released an artbook (though it’s no longer available for purchase, unfortunately) and has created many beautiful pieces of work featuring the characters of Boot Hill.

What have I done?

I’ve tried to write the novel it deserves to be at least twice now, but I’ve kept stumbling, faltering, and hesitating, partially because I wasn’t ready to write it, but mostly because writing a novel is fucking hard. Especially if you’re a perfectionist like me (and every other writer out there!); we want to write our stories the way they need to be told.

But I’ve made up my mind. I’m ready to get this show on the road.

Will you join me?


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