As the year draws to a close, I am, as always, disappointed with how far I’ve fallen short of the goals I set for myself. I wanted to write a short story for every month in 2009. Even counting the 2008 stories I revised, I only came up with half that; nor am I quite finished the Not-a-Werewolf book.
I did, however, write some things of which I am very proud.
“The Tongue of Bees”
“Who in Mortal Chains”
“The Oracle of the Dashboard”
“The Compass of Chicago”
“The Duellist, After Her Prime”
“A Sovereign Cure for Pneumonia”
“Seven Postcards from the Garden of Earthly Delights”
“Book of the Dead”
“King of Bramble Heights”
Next things to write:
#3 in the Gus series
#3 in the Oracle series
State of the Little Novel:
2/3 complete, aiming for February
State of the Big Novel:
In pieces all over the floor… almost literally. This novel needs a chirurgeon.
State of the Novelist:
…in need of another cup of coffee.
Red-letter day yesterday. I got a cheque in the mail. I am in a fortunate position–I have a day job which covers my living expenses, so I am free to spend this cheque on something symbolic.
Because it is the cheque for “Who in Mortal Chains,” in which one woman cannot defend herself and another cannot quite control herself, I am going to donate it to the Shape Your Life project. (I may also buy myself a pint of Hop Addict, or something similarly great and bitter.)