Goals: An Embarrassment of Riches

As I’m settling back into everyday life following CONvergence, I’ve been sorting through the projects in process. I can call it “too many deadlines” or I can call it an embarrassment of riches. Let’s go with the next.

Here are the projects, new and returning, that will be featured on this site in upcoming months.

Love in the Time of Starships: more book reviews. I have a scary number of books on my e-reader, and new ones popping up all the time. I’m generally in the middle of 10-15 books at any given time.

The Muse of Research: writer interviews. I have a backlog for editing, with some interview drafts running as long as 14,000 words. That’s what happens when you interview fascinating people like Lev Mirov, Yoon Ha Lee, Phenderson Djèlí Clark, to name but three.

CampNaNoWriMo: I’m doing the July challenge, with a goal of 50,000 words that I may or may not hit. The great thing, though, is the community. I created a cabin with folks I know in persona and from Twitter, and have been introducing my writing buddies to each other via google chat. It’s always fun when folks you like turn out to enjoy each other’s company.

Editing: My editing schedule is off by a month and a half. Nuff said. Soldiering on, but original brilliant plan of having entire backlist up by now … was a brilliant plan for a superhero with 48 hours in a day and no need for sleep.

Vacations in Romancelandia: I met a lot of my in-person writer-pals through NaNoWriMo. If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll notice that Tuesday nights generally mark a giddy on-line and in-person gigglefest with the irrepressible Milli Gilbert and my good buddy Becca Patterson. Milli is a romance writer, and recently she introduced me to her posse. I did a group interview with the Bowman’s Inn collaborative anthology crew, which is the first of a series of interviews and reviews both with working romance writers in my circle and authors I’ve discovered on Twitter. It’s about 50% Wild Horses and 50% serious writing process, so hang on for a wild ride.

The Anthologist’s Art. I have over 70 anthologies on my e-reader. As I read and review them, I have noticed that each story is part of the larger movement of a collection. I can’t resist asking what’s behind the curtain, so I’m starting a new interview series on the process of proposing, curating, and editing an anthology. My goal here: I get to satisfy my curiosity, demystify an important role in the writing community, and talk to some of my literary hero(in)es.

Writer Tech: CONvergence 2015 served as proving ground for my super-minimal writing kit, which I’ll be documenting and discussing in coming weeks. This includes some recommendations for portable sit-stand desks and other ergonomic wonders at low, low prices. I’ll also continue to talk with writers about their process for self-care and productivity under the Less Than Ideal Conditions that most of us live with.

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