It has been a while and much has happened since I was here last. I have undertaken several writing projects, developing ideas into stories getting inspiration from prompts and such. This is National Novel Writing Month. I have novel-sized ideas that I am developing and while I am not participating in NaNoWriMo I am buoyed by the energy of the participants in the FB group. I am writing my short stories, plural, at the moment along with academic articles from my dissertation.
I have also been reading at a breakneck pace, you know, for me, which means that the snail’s pace at which I normally read is a little less ‘snaily’. During the summer, I read Divergent and Insurgent (2 out of 3 ain’t bad), Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood, Ocean at the End of the Lane by Gaiman. I recently completed Binti by Nnedi Okorafor and I am currently reading Mothership: Tales from Afro-Futurism and Beyond. On the other hand, my ‘to read’ list still has a few titles that I have yet to start or that I started and had to set aside for various reason. Lagoon and Kabu Kabu by Okorafor, Maddaddam by Atwood, Deathless by Catherine M. Valente are all lovely and engaging works and I will return to them. I must, they have me in their thrall.
Immersing myself in a book, a good book, is quite a rewarding experience (spoken like a true nerd). I feel happy with the time I spent in another writer’s world. I might turn December into my own NaNoWriMo with these ideas that I am developing, who knows.
In the meantime, one of my stories has been featured over at Akashic Books as part of their Duppy Thursday series. It is flash fiction and it is really great series with great writers weaving magical tales about the supernatural in the Caribbean. Check it out with the link below.