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.
I am editing
a novel I began a few months ago called No Lions Anymore:
Portraits of a Life. It is meant to tell a story of
a man who is irrevocably a middle-class city dweller. His comforts
and discomforts, his stresses and concerns.
I have started
another novel which aims to tell the story of a small mountain
town which has received word of a comet. A Hairy and Fiery
Star is still in process.
Oddly, I am
working on a cookbook, which I have tentatively titled, The
Nobody has Died Cookbook. I have been collecting recipes
for a few years and I am finally compiling them into a vegan cookbook.
which is quite different
than either a novel or an academic critical work, is a book which
allows me to describe the pedagogical insight I have learned working
with foreign students. I have tentatively titled it Teaching
I have been
writing a series of essays about Covid-19 and the media, as well
as the public reaction to the virus' spread. Although that book
is still in its early days, I am working on it between my other
I have recently
split a collection of essays about writing into two books. Perhaps
it was getting too close to being finished and I needed to procrastinate.
I have one collection which talks about creative projects, writing,
editing, and publishing, and The
Slippery Signifier: Accidental Grammar and Inadvertent Mistakes
collects the various essays I have written about found sentences.
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 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.
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 or two.
I am still
thinking about my book length explication of Jacques Lacan's enigmatic
and evocative theory about the writteness of the self in my Jacques
Lacan and Subjectivity.
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.