Hey all! Hope you’ve been finding ways to enjoy the new (temporary) reality. I’ve been managing to support some local businesses without, you know, really seeing anyone. Music and books! They help. As for writing…still shopping. We’ll see what happens with the new, still-untitled-after-all-the-years manuscript!
Welcome to another show! Welcome to another week without a real blog, even though I promise them endlessly! Welcome to my life. Sheesh.
Did have some authorial adventures last week, though! These days you never actually have to meet the people who publish you. That was certainly the case for me. The fantastic Aimee Dunn at Palimpsest Press has been a digital presence, even down to the edits on the PDF of my manuscript. It’s normal now, but still, a little strange, so I jumped at a chance to hop on the VIA and head down to Windsor for a reading. It was a modest affair (as many readings are) but that’s really not the point. If you’re in writing to make money, you’re finished before you start. Likewise, if you’re doing readings for the roar of the crowd, you’re in the wrong business – take up fire eating instead. You do it because it’s really fun to do. You do it to improve your reading abilities. You do it to meet other authors, share experiences, and maybe, just maybe, for those two or three people who come up to you afterward and say “Actually, your Scottish accent isn’t terrible at all.”
You also do it for the train. Damn, that’s the way to get to Windsor, I tell ya.
A great interview with Janie Chang this week. She’s great, very enjoyable chat. Check out her book Dragon Springs Road.