Thursday, March 21, 2013
Sorry for the Interruption in Service, But We Happened to Have a House (Almost) Burn Down
During the time we were camping out in an apartment, my books and notes were in storage. I'd finished a draft of a novel River Music not too long before, but I didn't have any suggestions from the publisher to work on and, quite frankly, I couldn't think straight for more than an hour at a time for several months.
So I turned to short stories, a form I've always loved, but in which I hadn't worked in a good ten years. First I read many and then I started to write them myself again. By the time spring came I had a half dozen that I liked quite a bit, so I decided to try my luck at the grant game. To my delighted surprise the Conseil des arts et lettres du Québec gave me a $21,000 grant to support my work on the project.
Now, almost two years later, I have 11 short stories and a novella that make up a collection that is now called Desire Lines: Stories of Love and Geography. One of them will appear in the Spring 2013 issue of Queen's Quarterly, and I'm starting to look around for a publisher.
As for River Music, well, it's been revised again and I'm waiting to here from a possible publisher. Maybe in 2014?