• I am up for it, all the time.

    I would enjoy gardening more if it wasn’t such hard work. A chunk of yesterday and today was spent tidying the garden and tackling a couple of tedious and tiring jobs that come with owning green spaces. On the plus side I’ve added flowering plants to the pots and containers that have lain empty for the last six months, or were haunted with the desiccated skeletons of last year’s blooms. I like digging my hands into dirt and compost, and I love lots of colourful plants during the summer. Not that I’m going to see much of them over the coming two months. It’s also cool that the plants are…

  • crossing out

    I have a list. It’s my Things to do before I leave for Seattle task sheet. I’ve even crossed off a couple of items already. I remain calm about Clarion. Part of me wanted to get nervous about the fact I wasn’t nervous, but I strangled that line of thought before it emerged as a full-blown anxiety. There’s no point generating drama in my life. The second rewrite of the collaborative short script is complete. We’re aiming to have the third polish finished next week. After putting together all the changes and examining them I think a third pass is necessary to improve it again. It’s funny how a re-write…

  • a Black spell

    I’ve been buried in books lately. The intervening time between now and Clarion West is slipping through my fingers like mist. I’m trying to read as much material by my instructors as possible: novels and short stories. As a break, however, I read Valiant: A Modern Tale of Faerie by Holly Black. Black will be teaching at Clarion East this year, and Valiant just won the inaugural Andre Norton Award at the Nebulas for best young adult fiction. It’s somewhat of a disservice to label Valiant as a young adult novel, because that might deny a powerful and entertaining book to a larger audience. Black is a wonderful storyteller: both…

  • the future is unreal

    The information package about the Clarion West Writers Workshop landed on my doormat today. It’s comprehensive, useful, and reinforces my respect and admiration for the efficiency and care that the administrators of the workshop exhibit towards the attendees. The class is getting to know one another through blogs/journals/email, and that’s a wonderful help. It means I won’t be meeting 17 strangers (plus admin, and instructors) in mid-June. Strangely, I’m not nervous or worried about the workshop. Perhaps it’s because the trip doesn’t seem real… yet. Each time I receive a letter or email from Clarion it’s a mini-surprise. I expect a note or phone call any day to inform me…

  • back with a bang

    The reason for my extended absence is that in March I was stricken with a nasty bout of RSI. There was only one cure: rest from the cause. Initially I thought I would go crazy when I was banned from the keyboard, but it’s been a useful evaluation period. It made me examine where my attention and time is directed. Since I will have to continue to monitor and restrict my computer use, so I want my time on the computer to be about the pursuit of my goals. This means that I’ll devote less time to blogging and frivolous browsing, and more to hard graft. I will continue to…