Also pleased to be invited to join another AWP panel: Friday, 12-1:15, Room 106, Colorado Convention Center, Street Level F148. Writing South AsiaIssues of Representation and Identity. "South Asian writers have taken the Western literary world by storm in recent times. But this recent popularity gives rise to new challenges. How do you represent contemporary South Asia in authentic, original ways and stay commercially viable? How do you write for a Western and a regional audience at the same time? How do you balance the political and aesthetic? Come hear writers of Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Nepali, Sri Lankan, and Indian origin read and discuss their fiction."
And also good this morning was George R.R. Martin sending me revision notes for "Sanctuary," for Wild Cards. (I realize I don't have to type out his full name every time I mention him, but it's just so cool that I'm writing something for George R.R. Martin, I can't resist. Also, I'm having dinner with George R.R. Martin (and a bunch of his fans) on the 18th. Envy me.) Mostly minor revisions that will make the story fit into continuity better (and incidentally make it longer -- it's now broken into two parts, and the finished story may approach novellette length :-). Plus one puzzling problem that I have suggested a possible solution for -- we'll see if he thinks it works.
As always, starting to think about story makes me crazy, makes me want desperately to be writing. Which I basically just can't do right now -- there just isn't time. This is still the semester-from-hell, and will be until the end of April. I've made no headway on my big stack of papers, and I have a conference in Denver this weekend -- I'm going to have to take them with me and hope that I can grade them on the plane or some such. Or in the room, early in the morning, since I'm used to getting up at 4 a.m. (Lori, doesn't that sound like a fun roommate? :-)
I'm just counting the days 'til the semester ends. I do love teaching, but I want my life to be a mix of teaching / fun admin (I do love doing programming) / writing / parenting / partnering / and even housework. A well-balanced mix, and one that includes 10-20 protected hours every week for writing. That doesn't sound like too much to ask, does it? Given that I'm supposed to be a professional writer and all. But right now, it's just impossible. Which makes me want to punch a wall.
I expect to have grades in by April 30th. And then it's writing writing writing all summer long. Plus packing, moving, house decisions, and all the other stuff of life, of course. Sigh.
Still, my firm goal is to finish a book this summer. I have too many in the works. To that end, what would you most like to see me finish? (If no one votes, I will assume that none of you actually like my writing, and will curl up in a little ball of despair.)
- Arbitrary Passions -- nonfiction memoir about love and nationalism, with some poly stuff in it
- The Arrangement -- threesome novel that I was supposed to publish four years ago, that I'm now finally going back and revising to make me, not the publisher, happy -- connected to Bodies in Motion
- Rasathi [probably not final title since no one likes it but me] -- YA fantasy novel, vaguely Sri Lankan-ish, possibly first of trilogy
- Jump Space -- space opera novel, also poly, based on published story
- [untitled new novel] -- mainstream book, about family and war and terrorism -- connected to Bodies in Motion
- Writing Your Identity -- writing book, covering all the regular bases of plot, etc., but with an identity-based approach, and a lot of exercises to help develop character with identity issues in mind
- Domestic -- series of poems on domesticity
- How Not to Cheat On Your Husband -- chick-lit-style poly memoir