Happy New Year! And we’re nearly three weeks in already.
I’ve been doing final edits on my collection of short stories, The Garden of Earthly Delights. These stories are inspired by the extraordinary paintings and drawings of the Flemish artist Hieronymus Bosch. They will be winging their way in search of a publisher now.
And I’ll be getting on to other writing projects – developing a second novella, then pulling out the beginnings of a novel that I birthed doing NaNoWriMo, to see if that is going anywhere.
Meanwhile I’ll write flash pieces as and when.
Good luck with all your writing. What we call the ‘real’ world seems to be going crazy – I believe that writing and reading is part of our salvation.
The Garden of Earthly Delights (detail), Hieronymus Bosch (1450-1516)
Alongside thousands of other people round the world, I’ve signed up to write a novel in a month during November. The aim is 50,000 words and on day 18 I’m at 28,103, so I’m confident I can reach the target by the 30th.
This is not a competition, except insofar as any of us are competing with ourselves. I’m doing it because it’s a great kick up the backside to do something I’ve always said to date I’d never do!!!
So, here’s what I can tell you about my novel. The title is There is a Shape to Everything. Here’s what I wrote as a synopsis when I started:
Mother Miriam and daughter Sylvana travel to Kathmandu to celebrate their 50th and 21st birthdays respectively by taking a trek in the Himalayas together.
Before they set off on the trek there is an earthquake and mother disappears. Sylvana pairs up with Vic, a Nepali maker of thangkas (Tibetan Buddhist paintings) whose son Prem has also disappeared. Together they travel in search of Miriam and Prem.
Back home in Wales, Tritta, a friend of Sylvana’s, receives messages from both her and Miriam which set her off on a journey of her own.
Tritta has not put in much of an appearance, but various other characters have, including a man with a scar in the shape of a snake on his forehead. He’s obviously a baddie…
And the imagery in the Buddhist paintings is pretty important, that’s for sure.
Buddhist painting, Khachoe Ghakyil Ling Nunnery, Kathmandu.
Photo: Cath Barton
My novella, The Plankton Collector, is out in the world. Flying free, as of today.
I”m very proud of this wee book.
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I am just back from a few days of rest and inspiration in Paris. Here’s a pic:
Friday Story no 3 is coming later this week, so do come back and read that.
Meanwhile, I have a new flash in the latest issue of Moonchild Magazine. Go take a read of all the splendid work in there. The link to my piece is on my Stories page.
Climate change is a huge challenge for our world. It has inspired a new genre of fiction – cli-fi.
This is launch week for the new climate fiction anthology published by Retreat West Books, Nothing Is As It Was.
I’m proud to have a story in this anthology, all profits from which will be given to the climate change charity Earth Day Network.
I also wrote a piece about the inspiration for my story for the blog tour for the launch, which you can read here. Why not follow the whole blog tour and, even better, buy the book!