Because I haven’t done a news post for fprg since the one in April for the blog’s launch (and because 2013 is almost over and people apparently like celebrating one year’s end and another’s start) I guess today’s an okay day to finally do another one.
In November I conceived Thirty Stories of Separation, a collection of thirty interrelated short stories, as my project for National Novel-Writing Month. I had planned on writing a story (or separation) per day in November, but I got a fairly late start with the project, so one per day became two per day, and soon the project fizzled out when I utterly failed to balance outlisting, audio-ing, and focusing on focusing. I did outlist seven or eight separations, though, so I made some progress.
Being a resourceful person, I can’t let work go to waste. Actually, I can (and often do)—but because the loose novel (or loosel, as I’ve dubbed it) is a concept that has refused to let me go since I failed to finish it inside of November’s thirty days, I’m making Thirty Stories of Separation my year-long project for 2014. I’ll post more information about it in January, but for now know that I’ve marked out each separation’s publication date on my calendar. These are hard dates—fixed points in time, even, as Ten would say—so they will be posted when scheduled.
But before the loosel launches I’ll be posting a standalone short story inspired by and adapted from a poem by Billy Collins. (I let slip elsewhere the title of the poem I’m adapting, but I won’t be announcing it here.) The plan is to post my adaptation on New Year’s Day 2014. I’ve already made an outlist and written a sort-of introduction for it, but I’m still trying to immerse myself in the story; I’ve started reading Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude again to help.
That’s all for now, folks. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas (if you celebrate Christmas; happy not-birthday birthday, Jesus!) and/or overall holiday season (if you celebrate any—or any other—holidays during the holiday season).
It’s going to be a good year round here at fingerpuppet raygun. I hope you’ll stick around. And maybe even bring a friend.