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).