The Unwritten Future (Writing Update)

Quick update this month. (I've got a ton on my plate these daysall of it good, thankfully.)


Writing update for September:

I spent the entire month revising A SMUDGED AND CROOKED LINE, and I'm still not finished. The good news is, I've pushed through the difficult parts, and I'm starting to love this draft again. But it's obvious I still need to find a better way to meet my (self-imposed) deadlines when a revision requires a significant amount of re-writes.

Writing goals for October:

Finish A SMUDGED AND CROOKED LINE, send it to readers, start submitting it again. This shouldn't (hopefully!) take up too much of the month. After that, I'll be working on...well, I haven't decided what yet. For reasons I'll probably reveal in the next writing update, there's a solid chance I'm going to have to put the current draft of A RAVENING FIRE aside for a bit. So, I might use the rest of the year to revise as much as I can, or I might work on THE DISTANT LIGHT OF DAWN, or I might write something new. Right now, I'm reveling in the unwritten future.


Books read/listened to in September:

  • A STRANGER IN OLONDRIA by Sofia Samatar. A beautifully written book. I didn't know what to expect going in, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.
     
  • SHADOWSHAPER by Daniel José Older. For a YA urban fantasy about shadow creatures, this book touches on some heavy subjects, including race, gender, gentrification, and familial obligation. Definitely worth a read.
     
  • CITY OF STAIRS by Robert Jackson Bennett (audiobook). This book felt remarkably grounded, despite the ubiquity of divinities and miracles . I appreciated that it took place in a slightly more modern setting than the typical fantasy.
     
  • BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME by Ta-Nehisi Coates. An important work, chronicling Coates's experiences as a black man in America (written as a letter to his son). Everyone in the American galaxy needs to read this book.

Reading/listening list for October:

  • THE SORCERER OF THE WILDEEPS by Kai Ashante Wilson.
  • WAKING THE MOON by Elizabeth Hand.
  • FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON by Daniel Keyes (audiobook).
  • A CANTICLE FOR LEIBOWITZ by Walter M. Miller, Jr (audiobook).
  • UNSPEAKABLE THINGS by Laurie Penny.
  • THE PERSIANS by Homa Katouzian. (Still working my way through this one as part of ongoing research for GARDEN OF THE STARS.)

That's it. There's nothing left for you here. Go outside. Toss a rock around. Eat a fruit. Kick a tree. Whatever kids do these days.

Peter