This Sunday Circle is an initiative of Peter M Ball (see here). I don’t get to it every week, but this is one of those weeks, so here we go.
What am I working on this week?
The very last stuff on the last structural edit of my PhD novel “Timefield”, which I’ll finish this week. I’m an organised editor who’s done the ‘edit a whole novel’ thing quite a few times now, so I’m pretty confident with my estimates, even when this week is also school holidays and teaching and other kinds of schedule disruption.
I’m fortunate to be done with most of the book tour promotion from my February release, and the short story collections I brought out last month without too much fanfare have been ticking along okay, too.
Of course, I’m doing more than the above, because we all always are. I’m doing accounting and promotion work, getting my 2-and-5, planning and re-planning for the next 12 months, etc etc.
What’s inspiring me this week?
Neal Stephenson’s SevenEves. I bought the hardcover when it first came out a few years back when it was impossible for me to read a physical book. Now I’m finally getting to read it … well, let’s just say you haven’t read epic until you’ve read Stephenson. It so happened that when I was in Melbourne last week, I had a chance conversation with Celeste Bradley about Neal Stephenson (and Andy Weir and a few others). I have no idea now how we got onto the subject, but my favourite conversations are the delightful ones that happen unexpectedly. And I think discussing a master hard science fiction writer at a lunch during a romance author signing qualifies as unexpected.
What action do I need to take?
Finish the edit mentioned above. Keep head above water. Remember to eat. Remember to eat reasonably nutritious food. Try not to further damage shoulder. Make it to next Sunday.