With the summer heat and being unwell, I’ve fallen off the running wagon a little in the last few weeks. I feel a little lost, although since the world has apparently been turned upside down and America is on fire, I’m probably not the only one. I do need to keep my running practice up, […]

I have a draft before me. It is my 2016 NaNoWriMo novel, Sin Eater. I have printed it out, and it lies on my desk like a mewling, half-formed monstrosity. The task is clear: I must take a hatchet and a scalpel, and with these tools must cut away the mutant flesh, and sculpt its […]

He told me that he’d loved before Her silken hair, Her chestnut eyes; A fire with which she lived her life That burned eternal.   I asked him, Did he love her still? Of course; So long as the tides came And the wind blew And the stars marched in procession.   He asked me, […]

Currently - January 2017 edition

I’m having fun with these posts; I like pointing people towards the things I’m enjoying, sharing a little of what’s going on in my life, and talking about what I’m reading and writing without needing to write a whole blog post about it. It sums up the month for me. The idea is that they’ll […]

Decay is a favourite artistic theme of mine. The melancholy of nostalgia is another. A Visit from the Goon Squad, roaming back and forth across time, has both in spades. The question has been raised whether it is a novel or a set of short stories; I’d come down on the side of “novel”, personally. […]

My Twitter timeline is filled with writers now. I love it; really I don’t know how I managed without so many interesting and hard-working writers in my twittersphere. Quite a few are working on ongoing projects, and sometimes I feel a little inferior by comparison, because I’m not working on anything much. I’m dragging out […]

We lost Richard Adams in the last week of 2016, so it seemed appropriate to talk about how one of his books, Watership Down, was a touchstone throughout my childhood. The opening scene is one of those “classic English countryside” images, something timeless. “The primroses were over.” I don’t know why that first line has […]

It’s January 3rd. With the goals and resolutions of a new year in our minds, many writers are looking around for magazines to submit to and agents to query. Some of us will be doing that for the first time. (My goal, if you’re interested, is to submit to four magazines a month.) With everyone […]

Ahhhh, it’s nice when the shopping is done. One can sit back and relax. The wine cupboard is stocked, the sun is occasionally shining, and Eksmas is but two days away. I ran 13km this week. My cat is doing OK. I am going to eat all the food this weekend. (OK, fine. I am […]

Hey guys! Saw this “currently” concept from Amanda L. McCormick on twitter and thought it was a great idea, maybe once a month, to do a little round-up like this. So I’m giving it a try! I added in “writing” just because it felt relevant.   Loving Kate Beaton‘s holiday family comics. They’ve become a […]