What I’m Reading and Writing in May

What I’m Reading and Writing in May

I’ve just finished The Water Dancer, by Ta-Nehisi Coates. I’m still digesting, but thoughts on the novel are forthcoming. All good thoughts.

This month, my reading is a little all over the place. In April, I did a lot of retail therapy in the form of purchasing books, so now I’m sorting through the aftermath.

In fiction, I’m reading The City We Became, by N.K. Jemisin. I’m also reading Veronica Roth’s Carve the Mark, which was recommended to me by a friend. Lastly, I dove into Conjure Women, by Afia Atakora. A random pick. Clearly, I’m having commitment issues.

In nonfiction, I’ve picked up a few books on the craft: The Business of Being a Writer, by Jane Friedman; Writing the Intimate Character, by Jordan Rosenfeld; and On Writing and Worldbuilding, by Timothy Hickson. I probably will not finish these before the month is up.

Really, it’s been a challenge to focus lately. I read in whims. But I am happy that I’m able to read at all (I can’t sit down to watch T.V. for the life of me). I bought 5 more books last month that I won’t even mention yet. We’ll save them for June.

Writing is another story. I’ve always been a bit of a chaos writer—developed the habit as a childhood coping mechanism. So, writing my writing brain is in full throttle.

I’m back on my main work in progress, currently dubbed: We are all Vultures. I call it WAAV. It stands at about 74,000 words and is in the final stages of revision/editing, minus a two scenes I have yet to rewrite. The goal is to have this manuscript ready to submit by June 15th (pending the pandemic situation).

I’m also working on a few short stories that are loosely tied to the WAAV universe. They explore the events of 2069 that prompted my protagonists’ ancestors to leave earth. You can read them here. I’ll post a new one every other week.

That’s all folks. Stay safe.

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