A Little Light Reading


I’m researching topics on the history of electricity and electromagnetism for several encyclopedia and textbook articles that I’m writing. You might say that I’m doing a little light reading (insert groan here). Okay, it’s a bad pun, but it’s 12:42 a.m., so what do you expect? The summer and fall have been marginally successful for me as a writer, but this year I opted to skip NaNoWriMo because I needed to focus on some nonfiction projects and get my research mojo back.

On the other hand, workouts have been good: I’ve managed to get myself into a fairly regular exercise routine as far as cardio goes, although November I sort of slacked off. Going to the regular gym for weight workouts has been a bust, and I blame having to drive up there. The reality is that I don’t have a routine or really know what I should be doing, so I go and do a few things and accomplish very little. The cardio I get from fitness studio classes, and I’ve been taking spin and belly dance classes that are lots of fun. I’m also working on season one of Zombies, Run! after finishing a virtual 5K race early last month (that means I ran on my treadmill, using a running app to keep my race time).

For this month, I want to finish at least two of my articles. I’d love to finish three, but the holidays and work commitments are already shaping up to make this a short month and I find my available writing time being gobbled up. And maybe, just maybe, I can find some time for fiction.

Book Festival

This coming Saturday, September 21, 2019, I’m going to be cohosting our Corrugated Sky exhibit table at the Write Women Book Fest in Glenn Dale, Maryland. I’m hoping that the weather will cooperate and not boil us in heat and humidity, but since this is an outdoor event anything is possible. I can’t wait for the weather to break the 75-degree barrier and give us some cooler days.

My vacation in New England was all too short, but I spent some time looking at a few houses as well as doing some vacation stuff. There was a lot of driving and a sense that I hadn’t really had much vacation at all, but that’s pretty usual. It’s back to business, with fall ramping up for some big projects at work as well as looking forward to our next anthology, Obscura, which we hope to release in early October.

Shore Leave 41

I’ll be at Shore Leave 41 this weekend, selling and autographing books, and enjoying time at the show with my coauthors and other event attendees. For those of you local to Maryland, the show is held at the Delta Hotels in Hunt Valley, Maryland, just outside of Baltimore. Shore Leave is a long-running convention and has a pretty good attendance, plus a whole line-up of guests from various science fiction shows.

For show updates, you can follow @corrugatedsky or follow me @ksgarvin on Twitter. I hope to have some super show photos to show next week, but don’t wait — get on out to the show if you can. Come on by the table and check out the books and say hi.

Writing Prompts and All That

I’m working on a book of writing prompts that will combine a writing journal, prompts, and illustrations to color. My idea is to have a workbook that has a reasonable amount of prompts and enough ruled pages so that there is space to write out the exercises. It won’t be a giant book of a zillion prompts, and partly that’s because I want the journal to be saddle-stitched so it’s easier to use, and that limits the size the book can be. Sometimes perfect-bound books (think of a regular paperback novel with a spine) won’t open flat and they’re difficult to write in.

The art will be line illustrations for coloring. Sometimes the writing process isn’t always linear, and having something on the page that you can play with could be enough to jump-start your creativity, or it could just be fun. I’m aiming to get the first book out this summer, with the theme of “beach edition,” and I hope to make the project into a series, which I’m calling Writer’s Catalyst.