The Sunday Circle: What Are You Working On This Week?

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The Sunday Circle is the weekly check-in where I ask the creative-types who follow this blog to weigh in about their goals, inspirations, and challenges for the coming week. The logic behind it can be found here. Want to be involved? It’s easy – just answer three questions in the comments or on your own blog (with a link in the comments here, so that everyone can find them).

After that, throw some thoughts around about other people’s projects, ask questions if you’re so inclined. Be supportive above all.

Then show up again next Sunday when the circle updates next, letting us know how you did on your weekly project and what you’ve got coming down the pipe in the coming week (if you’d like to part of the circle, without subscribing to the rest of the blog, you can sign-up for reminders via email here).

MY CHECK-IN

What am I working on this week?

I have a week off work and a new set of antidepressants that seem to avoid all the side-effects of the last meds, so this week is all about higher-than-normal social times, cleaning my house, and getting a fracking short story done. I’ve given myself a deadline of July 31 to get two stories out and into submission.

What’s inspiring me this week?

I re-read Georgette Heyer’s Venitia for book club this week, and it was a curious experience. I’ve read the book twice before, and I love it dearly, but there is a peculiarity to the structure that means I never really remember much about the book until I’m three-quarters of the way through.

There’s also something very particular about the way Heyer constructs endings which fascinates me. She writes slow-paced books in many respects, setting up extraordinary amounts of chaos that comes together in the last few pages and just rush you through resolutions at high speed. It’s brilliant, and confounding.

What part of my project an I avoiding?

I have skated through the last seven days without a proper weekly plan, or daily plan, and it’s starting to show. I have not quite dissolved into a cloud of butterflies and dissipated on the breeze, but I am very, very close. Will have to do some proper thinking about what needs to be done, and when, before today is over.

In your face, Shakespeare, Joyce and Cervantes!

This appeared on my twitter stream this morning and, naturally, I retweeted it on account of it being awesome. But twitter is a temporary medium, and this is one of those things which deserves a bit more permanence in the this is good, go read it stakes.

So…over on Letters of Note, there’s a copy of a letter Alan Moore wrote in response to a very young 8-year-old comics fan, which is perhaps one of the most beautiful bits of fan engagement I’ve seen in a very long time. If you’re a fan of Moore – or of seeing how good writers engage with their fans – I’d encourage you to go read it.

The Sunday Circle: What Are You Working On This Week?

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The Sunday Circle is the weekly check-in where I ask the creative-types who follow this blog to weigh in about their goals, inspirations, and challenges for the coming week. The logic behind it can be found here. Want to be involved? It’s easy – just answer three questions in the comments or on your own blog (with a link in the comments here, so that everyone can find them).

After that, throw some thoughts around about other people’s projects, ask questions if you’re so inclined. Be supportive above all.

Then show up again next Sunday when the circle updates next, letting us know how you did on your weekly project and what you’ve got coming down the pipe in the coming week (if you’d like to part of the circle, without subscribing to the rest of the blog, you can sign-up for reminders via email here).

MY CHECK-IN

What am I working on this week?

Short story rewrites for the short piece I finished last Sunday. It’s a chaotic week, filled with book launches and other distractions, so I’m intentionally keeping the goals easy 🙂

What’s inspiring me this week?

While I’ve got no particular interest in playing Pokemon Go, I’ve been talking to people who are playing and engaging with a lot of the commentary surrounding it. It’s an incredibly intriguing phenomenon, in that it’s the first really large-scale augmented reality event that has a noticeable impact on on public spaces.

Overland’s essays, in particular, have been fascinating reading. I recommend checking out tbe essays on Pokemon Go and the Situationists and, particularly, the politics of digital gaming in public.

What part of my project an I avoiding?

I’ve been avoiding edits for the last four days, on account of…well, at this point it’s best described as “2016 doing its thing.” The next few weeks are going to be more interesting than planned, so I need to get a bit better at making time for writing things than I usually am.

Finished Draft

I spent the weekend finishing a story draft. Mostly, it should be said, to prove to myself that I still had the ability to write a story, ’cause the last few months have battered my process to the point where it’s unrecognisable. So my goal, in writing the story, was largely getting something written. It’s short, it’s probably quite half-baked, but it’s been months since I wrote something and reached a point where I type THE END.

By the time you read this, I will be redrafting. Figuring out what the story is really about, so I can take out the bits that no longer fit and adding in bits that do. Poking every sentence to make sure it’s doing what it’s meant to be doing. Trying to clean up the obvious mistakes.

Eking out a little space to be a writer, amid the chaos of work and dodgy brain-chemistry and day-to-day life.

Ghost Tree

 

The Sunday Circle: What Are You Working On This Week?

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The Sunday Circle is the weekly check-in where I ask the creative-types who follow this blog to weigh in about their goals, inspirations, and challenges for the coming week. The logic behind it can be found here. Want to be involved? It’s easy – just answer three questions in the comments or on your own blog (with a link in the comments here, so that everyone can find them).

After that, throw some thoughts around about other people’s projects, ask questions if you’re so inclined. Be supportive above all.

Then show up again next Sunday when the circle updates next, letting us know how you did on your weekly project and what you’ve got coming down the pipe in the coming week (if you’d like to part of the circle, without subscribing to the rest of the blog, you can sign-up for reminders via email here).

MY CHECK-IN

What am I working on this week?

I’ve finally chained together a couple of consecutive writing days, which means I should finish a short story draft this afternoon. Once that’s done, I’ve got a different short story that I want to get redrafted into submission-ready form by the end of the week.

What’s inspiring me this week?

I’m about half-way through China Mieville’s short story collection, Three Moments of an Explosion, which is one of those collections packed full of stories that make me want to sit down and write short stories. The Dowager of Bees is probably worth the price of admission alone.

What part of my project an I avoiding?

I’ve got a couple of applications for projects I want to do next year, but I’ve been putting them off while things were crazy. Time to start double-checking deadlines and requirements, then start getting the various supporting documents together.

Not Hung-Over, But…

I don’t get hangovers anymore, on account of avoiding alcohol in the name of not making the sleep apnea worse than it needs to be. But there are days when I miss alcohol, and there are days when I definitely miss that mild morning-after feeling where you’re slightly seedy and aware of it and things can be made better by the application of good music and prodigious amounts of bacon.

Today I feel hung-over. Not because I drank, but because my brain just unloaded a whole bunch of crazy on me last night and it resulted in an evening of adrenaline and sleeplessness. And a morning where I slept through my alarms – all fucking five of them – and had started to get that shaky feeling that comes from taking the anti-depressants late.

So I have cooked a pile of bacon. And applied good music. And maybe, quietly, dispaired at the idea that I will never actually create something as glorious as the film clip to Pulp’s This is Hardcore.

Also, that I will never own anything as cool as the pianists ring around thirty-eight seconds in.