It’s not snowy where I am, but since it’s very snowy in much of the world, here, have a snowman.
WHAT I’M READING
Because I’m working on short fiction these days, I finally dived into my recently-acquired array of PULP LITERATURE short-story collections. There are five books in the series, featuring works by a mix of well-known and lesser-known writers (mostly Canadian). Book 1 starts with a visceral story of loss and forgiveness by C.C. Humphreys, which gave me shivers. I’m only at the second story, which is longer and stars an elderly sleuth called Stella Ryman. So far that’s a hoot. I really enjoy short fiction, especially since I do most of my reading at bedtime. I need to read more of it. Please recommend authors and collections to me! I got a big fat Chapters/Indigo gift card at Christmas, and I read both paper and digital books. (So yes, please enable my book addiction.)
WHAT I’M WRITING (+1 WRITING GOAL)
As mentioned previously, I’m working on the MICE series of stories. The best demonstration of the variances seems to be to write the same story with each different primary element, and the relevant POV character, so that’s what I’m doing. My story “The Fairy Experiments” will be published later this year (if we stay on schedule), and it’s an IDEA story. So I’m going to tell that story three other ways, from three different points of view. All going well, I’ll publish the stories here. Possibly to coincide with the launch of the anthology with the original story in it.
The writing goal, then, is to actually write one of those stories. I need to scratch out an outline/first draft of each of them before I dive into the actual writing.
WHAT WORKS FOR ME
Scheduling things. I need structure in my day as well as structure in my fiction. I have taken to planning out my week, to ensure I get writing time, working out time, and looking-for-work time in an attempt to minimize my internet time.
WHAT ELSE IS GOING ON
I’m off to Africa in six weeks, so today we went to the Travel Clinic to see what we need to get to be prepared. Because this is our second trip there (my third), we’ve already had all the vaccines we need. We’re going to Botswana, which is a malaria risk area, so we’ll get some tablets to take before we go, while we’re there, and for a few days after we leave there. The doctor gave us a prescription for ciprofloxacin, in case we get traveller’s diarrhea. We filled this prescription the last time we went, in 2008, and I think I took the unused pills back to the pharmacy last year for disposal. I might just get my hands on some probiotics and take them prophylactically, too.
I’m enrolled in the (non-credit) Editing Program at Simon Fraser University now, and my first class taught me a ton I didn’t know about editing as a process and as a profession. I’m taking my second course now, and will finish a third before I go to Africa in April. It’s fascinating and I can feel my brain synapses making new connections as I learn. I’ve already arranged my airfare and hotel for the Editors’ Association of Canada conference in Toronto in June. Now I just need to register. Maybe when I get back from Africa.