fall always seems to be a productive time for me, at least in
terms of ideas. Accordingly, I 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.
Now that my
book is finished, I am turning back to my series that I call
Scholarly Editions. I am writing an introduction
as well as annotating some H. G. Wells books, to start, in a series
meant for the university student who wants a more in-depth understanding
of the primary texts. The first in the series is meant to be Wells'
I have started
a new project, since it's that time of year. I am writing a short
story per day--the restriction I've given myself is around a thousand
words--which is meant to loosely capture something about Tom Waits'
songs as they were produced. I do not intend Music to Stories,
as I am calling it, 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. My last project
using Tom Waits as an inspiration was Going
to Ground where I imagined him, or a character based
on his songs, traveling across the Canadian landscape in search
of a home.
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
fiction novel Programming for Life, about an Artificial
Intelligence tasked with the care of a child light years from
assistance and advice, is also in a relatively completed draft
form. That book is a bit larger than I thought it would be, but
I expect to get to the draft after it sits on the shelf long enough
for some fresh perspective.
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