This week, I’m preparing for a trip and reading A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman.
I’m supposed to be making sure I can find warm clothes for the trip, but instead I’m reading Fredrik Backman’s novel, A Man Called Ove. This is one of the novels I’m making myself read this year. There are also a few more. I’m also very much aware that it’s nearly the end of the year. I read so many novels my final semester at the University of Louisville that I had to take a break from reading novels all summer and fall. I won’t get done reading this novel before next year, so we might as well go ahead and say it’s the first novel I’m reading for 2018. It doesn’t matter. I have to plan a trip.
My trip is Friday. Well, it’s Friday at 6am. That means I have to basically be ready Thursday night. So from Thursday through Sunday I will be on a trip. That’s what I’m trying to say. My trip is for business. Well, personal. Well, I’m making it business. Okay, more personal I guess. You know what, it’s both. It doesn’t matter. I’m going somewhere to do things.
I have other goals, too. I tweeted them.
This weeks writing goals are:
write one short story for the blog
write one short story to work on for a long time for some literary journal
write one short story to have as an exclusive for my patrons or something
I do this every week.
I give myself very intense deadlines.
— Eric Shay Howard (@ericshayhoward) December 5, 2017
I sort of regret tweeting this. I don’t like talking about my “process”. First of all, it assumes anyone is even asking. Also, while the tweet is basically true, I don’t like the illusion that I’m consistent with my writing process. Nothing, I repeat, NOTHING about my writing process is ever consistent. I also regret the typo in the word “weeks”. So, by the power vested in me by my English degree from the University of Louisville, I hereby declare this tweet a bad tweet. I’m not deleting it though, because nothing matters anymore, anyway.
Back to Backman and coats. And writing, of course.
I’ll see you all Friday when I post this week’s short fiction. You can see an early draft if you support me on my Patreon page.
Here’s last Friday’s short fiction story, “The Arrangements of Bird Men”.