have started a few more projects when I should be finishing those
that are nearing completion. This list exists partially to motivate
me, but is also meant to explain how far I have to go.
volume in the series using Tom Waits songs as an inspiration is
done. The project is meant to loosely capture something about
Tom Waits' songs as they were produced. I do not intend Wasted
and Wounded, as I am calling the first volume,
to retell the songs, but rather use them to riff on a larger
story I see as struggling to free itself from the shorter and
possibly more limited form. I have finished a draft of the second
volume of what I anticipate to be a four volume set of stories,
and I will edit it over the summer.
I am now editing
my Programming for Life, a novel about an Artificial
Intelligence tasked with the care of a child light years from
assistance and advice.
One of my
latest projects is Beringia: The Discovery of Two Continents.
In this novel I tell the story of a father who runs out of bedtime
stories to placate his daughter. Night time is the worst since
her mother left, so he distracts her by telling a history of their
ancestors and how they crossed the land bridge and found North
and South America. I plan for the novel to cover the entire settlement
of the Americas as well as give a précis of the archaeological
marvels that are found there. As well, since the story is meant
to encourage a girl to sleep, the tale of indigenous people's
arrival and settlement is told in the broad strokes of grand adventure
and awe-inspiring journeying.
I have started
another novel, I think it will be. For now The View from
Vancouver tells the story of a homeless man who has been
experimented upon and the steps he takes to get revenge, and incidentally
ensure the same is not done to another.
I have been
working on a collection of stories about Canada, in which I hope
to build a narrative about specific cities and regions in the
country. I expect Rain in the Cultural Desert will
be a year or two in the writing.
I am working on is The Parable of the Talents, a
set of stories about moral decisions that people confront as a
part of daily living, and what their choices say about them and
the complications of morality when addressing a person's life.
I have begun
another project which is quite different than either a novel or
an academic critical work. I have begun a book which allows me
to describe the pedagogical insight I have learned working with
foreign students. I have tentatively titled it The Challenges
and Delights of Teaching English Literature to Foreign Students.
I have taken a break from that project as I finish my other works.
I am nearly
finished a first draft of The Founding of Planeville
a magic realist novel which follows the settlers in a small village
in New Brunswick after the Miramichi fire of 1825. Work on this
has slowed, although I know how to write about the village's demise
now. I plan to work on this novel in my cabin this summer.
and the Corrupted Archive: The Postmodern Text, Fact and Confabulation
is more of an academic work based on a talk that I gave, and undertakes
to investigate and metaphorically figure how history, or a story,
can be told when the archive has been deliberately corrupted or
neglected for political purpose. This will likely be a longer
project, and I am barely fifty pages into it. You can expect to
hear more about it in a year.
I am still
working on my book length explication of Jacques Lacan's enigmatic
and evocative theory about the writteness of the self in my Jacques
Lacan and Subjectivity, although the progress has slowed
to a molasses flood in January.
I have stalled
since the summer on Marred, my novel set on Mars
that details the exploits of colonists who have been abandoned
by Earth, but I hope to return to that when I have a moment. Like
my work on The Coffin Ships, I plan to get back
to the project as soon as some of these other books are finished.
I have also
started a guide to designing an off-grid solar power system. That
book is research and graphic heavy and will no doubt take longer
to put together.
I am hoping
to have a decent draft of the final book in the Blind
Fish Series soon, but I will have to keep you posted about