Mission accomplished! I have returned to ordinary life, newly inspired by the starry, starry nights I viewed from my balcony, sitting in the middle of this vineyard at Sources de Caudalie in Bordeaux. So while I loved Monet’s gardens at Giverny, Van Gogh ended up being the inspiration for the direction my writing has taken. My new project is set on worlds in space that have lived in my imagination since childhood. I have already scribbled out half of the outline. I’ve always thought I wanted to write earth-bound mysteries, but mysteries set on sci-fi landscapes seem to be in my future.
Writing plans for the month:
Work through the five-week writing program How Writers Write Fiction 2016: Storied Women, offered through the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. I don’t really need another distraction right now, but the course content is so intriguing that I decided to participate.
And I have decided, late to the party, to submit a story to the 2016 IWSG Anthology Contest sponsored by the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. I am penning a short story that has skulked around in the dark recesses of my mind off and on for years. Time to get it on paper and maybe it will stop haunting me. As I am the queen of meeting deadlines, this will be ready and submitted by November 1st.
I seem to be overflowing with ideas and energy to write. Or possibly I am on drugs and have taken complete leave of my senses. One of those.
I shall contemplate these possibilities while I enjoy a late-season glass of rosé from Provence, curl up with an old book by Philip K. Dick, and usher in the long weekend.