Waiting for Winter

This morning I noticed frost on the pumpkins, or at least frost on my neighbours’ roofs. Winter is approaching. I suspect the mighty COVID-19 will not be powerful enough to prevent the onset of winter, so I’m making my list of pre-winter tasks.

1) Wine Arts store for a new wine kit. I always choose Sauvignon Blanc. Maybe I’ll throw caution to the winds and go for something else. It will definitely be a white, and I better hurry if I want to raise a glass to winter’s first snowstorm.

2) Put winter tires on the car. I don’t know why I do this every autumn. We use our car so seldom, and it’s always been possible to postpone trips until the roads are clear. But if I don’t, we’ll need the car on a snowy day. Winter tires stay on the list.

3) Contribute to the upcoming virtual launch of Water’s Edge, the Evergreen Writers Group’s latest short story anthology. We’ve tentatively scheduled the launch for Nov 19, and I hope to learn something about this alien process of book publicity over the internet. Date puts it just before winter, so another item on my pre-winter to do list.

There must be others. Hopefully I’ll remember them before the fateful day when I exclaim ‘Oh shit, I should have…’

Meanwhile, back at the office, i.e. at my desk tucked away where I can watch activities on the streetscape outside my window when I should be busy writing, I’m making slow progress on revisions to The Road to Environmental Armageddon. I’m at 35,000 words, not as much progress in the past weeks as I’d hoped, but I’ve now introduced my villain, the personification of society’s inability to face the threat posed by climate change. It’s not been easy; I’m just not good at villains. He’s now in the picture, but I need to make him villainous.

Eighty thousand words should be a reasonable target for the overall length, so my current draft is almost half-way there. And if I continue with this approach starting closer to my major crisis point, I will have several ready-made novellas describing activities occurring in earlier years. I have three main plot threads with different but interlocking characters. I could use these prequel stories as freebie inducements in my inevitable self-marketing efforts.

That’s the plan, but as I’ve said before, ‘the best laid schemes of mice and men gang aft agley’ (apologies to Robbie Burns’ ghost during these days before Samhain).

6 thoughts on “Waiting for Winter

  1. It’s cool you have all that material to work with, saving some for backstory and bonus material. So, was the decision to compact the whole arc into one main book?

    I miss wine kits a bit! It’s nice having a closet full to gift (to oneself on a Friday counts too 🙂 )

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    1. Hi Mike, I’m still uncertain how to go with this damn project. The possibility I’m currently working on starts in 2041 when I can make the action happen more quickly without stretching the bounds of credibility too seriously. If I stick with this version, the other material would be bonus material about the adventures of Tony and Beth between 2022 and 2040, of Dan and Elena between 2027 and 2040, and the Matthews clan between 2035 and 2040.
      I won’t decide until I’ve finished this latest effort. Then I’ll either go with it, go back to the version you’ve been reading, or start over again. And I’ve also started on a sequel that takes place several hundred years later in a post-apocalyptic future.

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      1. That’s quite a conundrum. Kudos for taking on near-future fiction too – what can I even speculate about how cars or TVs or phones or anything will be in ten years time? I guess those things are reasonable to guess and depict. Even 20 years is a bit trickier!

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      2. I like the idea that your story spans that time (just past today, to hundreds of years forward). I think it would be neat to follow the common thread

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