Getting Back Into the Swing of Things

It actually feels great to be getting back into the swing of things, especially writing-wise.

Though I can feel the remnants of the anaemia still, I am doing so much better. And writing at a proper pace again, which is — to say the least — awesome.

The one thing I do like about warmer weather is the longer days. Indeed, it’s getting much easier to get up earlier (or at least get out of bed earlier and not sit and read, thinking that it’s a lot earlier than it actually is!).

This, in turn, means that I get to work much earlier, leaving myself time to write before I start on emails and all the rest.

On Flash Fiction and Short Stories

Good news! Last week, my story “The whispers of forgotten phone calls” was published on Paragraph Planet (be sure to check them out, they have new fiction every day!) and I’m also very close to being done with “The White Road to Cremation”.

“White Road” is another flash piece that I got inspiration for when I read “the white rose and carnation” wrong. It was really small print on the screen, ok? Ha!

It’s set in a secondary world of some sort, and I think I may have also taken some inspiration from Porselein for it. Porselein, by the way, is still coming, I just want to get The Ruon Chronicles’s Knowledge Stones and Grove of Graves done first.

I think if I’m going to try and write in too many secondary worlds at once, my head’s going to implode in any case! It seems that I work better when busy with one big project at a time and just adding little projects like flash fiction or short stories to it. Otherwise it’s kind of like me trying to juggle a whole lot of burning torches — not a good idea.

What I’m Reading At the Moment

I’ve also grabbed some new — or newish — books to read or finish reading. (But, I’ll admit it, I usually forget to update Goodreads when I start or finish a book.)

Anyway, one book which I’ve finished is The Story Solution: Re-Write Your Life* by Sean M. Platt and Johnny Truant. It’s copyrighted 2018, but I’ve actually only glanced at it while on Kindle or Kobo until a few weeks ago.

I’ll do a proper review of the book probably next week, but, in short, I really enjoyed it and it came at a very good time in my life as well. (Not to mention being an affordable little volume, cough-cough.)

The book that I’m currently busy reading is The Emotional Craft of Fiction: How to Write the Story Beneath the Surface*, by Donald Maass. I’d bought it a while ago already, actually, but have only read the beginning up until now. The “problem” is that the book is so dense (in a good way)  and has so many wonderful exercises, that you want to savour every page!

Once you start reading, though, the pages just fly by. I’ll also do a proper review of this book once I’ve finished it.

*Both Story Solution and The Emotional Craft of Fiction were bought by myself on KOBO and Kindle.

What Writing This Week Holds

This week I’ll be working on finishing up “The White Road to Cremation” as well as a few Medium articles. Over the weekend I’ll then focus on Knowledge Stones and all things Ruon Chronicles. There is also an outline that I want to do for a new Speculative Grammarian essay. Mwahahaha!

To read my other Medium articles, you can click here.

By Carin Marais

Bibliophile, writer of speculative fiction, non-fiction, and maybe-fiction, language practitioner, doer of stuff.

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