Okay, the headline has nothing to do with the links below. It does, however, have to do with something that happened yesterday. I’d just finished revising a story I’ve been working on for, no lie, three years. I’d originally intended to submit it as my manuscript for the Lambda Emerging Writers Fellowship, but as that deadline got closer I knew there was no chance I’d get it done in time so I submitted something else. (As it happened, I wrote that other story in less than a month, so there’s just no telling.)
Yesterday, after finishing that revision (and giving the story a new title), I had another idea for a story, and darn it if it didn’t have a beginning, middle, and end all pretty clearly figured out in my head. It feels like all I have to do is write it down. I don’t know why or how that happens, nor do I know why I’m feeling the short stories a lot more lately than any of my novel-length projects, but I’m going with it for now. Which is also a way of saying the novel in progress is still resting, kind of like dough. I’ll turn it into bread when it is or I am damn good and ready.
ANYWAY. Here are a few things I’ve been reading this week:
This is a riot: How to Be a Teenager in a Contemporary Novel Written for Adults
I loved the first season of Supergirl and really, really hope it gets picked up. This article at Panels pretty much sums up what I love about it (and what they need to work on in season 2).
Handy! Here’s a list of 100 must-read science fiction/fantasy novels by female authors. I’ve only read a handful of these, so there’s lots to explore. I’d also add Holly Black’s The Coldest Girl in Coldtown and Sandra McDonald’s Diana Comet and Other Improbable Stories to this list, although the latter is a short story collection and not a novel. It’s still awesome.
“I didn’t know Prince personally. Ultimately, I only worked with him for a couple of weeks in December three years ago. But I will remember that time for the rest of my life, not because of his celebrity — I mean, a little bit because of that, sure — but because I got to observe the way he worked. I got to observe the rigor and the care that he put into every detail, every word, every moment.”