Saturday, April 21, 2018

Stuff and Fluff

What is that you say? It's been too long since I've posted an update?

Well, here you go:

Writing:
Since February, I have written at least 200 words a day, every day, until this week, when life kicked me in the teeth. When life does this, it throws my emotional equilibrium out of balance. When that happens, I can stare at the story-in-progress on the laptop screen for an hour and not be capable of writing a single word.

I went through this for about a year, as I struggled with depression. It's only in the last three or four months that I've been writing again, and it has felt good. Events in the past week have brought that progress to a halt. Temporarily, I hope.

My current project is a short story for an invite anthology. I took a break from the novel to make sure I submitted to this project.The submission window is open now. I have time to finish, revise, edit, polish and submit the story before the window closes, but this week certainly hasn't helped matters. I hope to get back on track quickly.

Reading:
I finished Jeff VanderMeer's "Annihilation" last night. I saw the movie first, which sparked my curiosity enough to pick up the book. Which is better? I enjoyed them both in different ways because they are different stories. It's like two writers started with the same basic worldbuilding and premise -- a group of female scientists enters into a mysterious zone known as Area X -- and built their own stories from there. Overall, I enjoyed the book more because of its slower pace and VanderMeer's poetic language; it's unsettling without being frightening. I don't do well with horror, and the movie was pretty darn scary at times.

Before "Annihilation," I read "The Rook" by Daniel O'Malley. I'd heard good things about it. I ended up feeling meh about it. I didn't love it, I didn't hate it. That's a result of my own preferences and not a reflection on the quality of the book. I can see why the book is popular and has fans. It's just not my thing.

Everything Else:
The "Hotel Haunted" anthology should be coming out soon. It includes my story "Unfinished Business." I will post information when I have it on how you can order the book.

Spring is coming! Yeah! But this is what my neighborhood looked like this morning, which meant the cancellation of the kiddo's soccer game.


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