Monday, August 4, 2014
Back to Business
I seem to operate better when I have short-term goals. Right now I'm in the middle of another short story that I've had planned for a very long time, which will also be very pleasant to have off my conscience. It and the two I just mentioned, all Westerns, are intended for my next collection of Western stories; and when I finish this current one I'll have a total of six completed story drafts to edit and put together into that collection at leisure. Could we see it published this year? Possibly, but I don't want to make any rash predictions.
After finishing this story, I intend to go back to The Summer Country, which I have no excuse not to finish with nearly half of the first draft done already and a full and coherent outline to work from.
Meanwhile, I've been picking away at my summer reading. This might be the first year in recent memory where I arrive at the end of August with a few books from my list still unread—no matter, they'll keep just as nicely for fall and winter. To be fair, I have filled in the gaps with some smaller things—re-reading Saki, for instance (I am still split between liking and disliking him); and after finishing Miss Elizabeth Bennet I discovered two volumes of Milne's plays in the public domain and of course had to read them all. They made charming, relaxing reading for sunny afternoons on the deck. I do not think there is such a thing as too much Milne.
Interlibrary loan has failed to find me a copy of Tarkington's National Avenue as yet. I'll give 'em a few more weeks, and then start hunting a used copy of my own. Who knew it would be so hard to finish out a trilogy?