Shorts and shifts

I may not have been posting but I have been writing.

After Barker, my intention was to take some time off from writing projects and learn (finally!) French. Alors, that didn’t happen. I ended up pitching and writing a short story–Stateless–in a collab with Sonya Mann. It was fun and I began speccing out a few more. Before I knew it I had the makings of a short collection of speculative short stories. Tomorrow, or Wednesday, I’ll have finished the first draft of the final story.

The overarching theme of the collection is violence. The Rory Miller sense of the word. It’ll be mixed genre, including sci-fi, fantastical and realist–speculative, essentially. There might be an intro. There will definitely be an afterword-essay expounding on the theme of violence.

Release date? I don’t know. I’m aiming for the end of July or mid-August, though how rigorous I want to be with the editing is an open question and will determine whether it takes more or less time. Length? Jorge Luis Borges’ Ficciones is approximately 40,000 words. This collection will be half that, max 30,000 words. And spoiler alert: it probably won’t be as good as that particular assemblage of ideas.

Other news? Bien sûr! I’ve abandoned learning French because I’m looking for another job. For those who don’t know, I currently do an unskilled job in a factory. Luckily, this has leant itself well to writing in my spare time. It’s what’s allowed me to write Barker. But now, given certain circumstances, I want to leverage my writing-thinking-producing-creating skills. I won’t get into the details here, but if you know a guy who knows a gal who needs a person, let me know. I think I want to try my hand at product management, but honestly, I’m open to experience.

That’s all for now. More soon, definitely.