I’ve joined Peter M. Ball’s Sunday Circle to help keep my writing on track. Follow along here or join in the fun over at Peter’s blog, Man Versus Bear.

What am I working on this week?

I’ve  got a few smaller projects on my plate over the coming months. First up is a non-fiction piece on body horror. I’ve been scoping out my ideas for the article and delving into research I did for my PhD to re-use (note to self: put PhD research notes all in one place so when I want them, I can find them). The focus of my article is Katherine Dunn’s Geek Love, a book I adore. If there is one book I wish I wrote, it’s Geek Love.

I’m also gathering ideas for a short story on monsters for an anthology I’ve been asked to contribute to. It’s a really exciting project and the small publisher in question does fantastic work, so I want to deliver a great story. Lastly, I’m doing a chapter by chapter summary of a young adult manuscript that is at around draft 10. Yes, it does sound a bit odd to wait until this point to do the chapter summaries, but that’s how I roll.

What’s inspiring me this week?

Last night I watched Banksy’s documentary (or possibly mockumentary) Exit Through the Gift Shop. I hadn’t read  or heard anything about it, just decided on a whim to watch it because I love street art. It blew me away. I’m still processing it so I don’t really know what to write about it, except that I loved it and will re-watch it as soon as I’m able. So much material, so many ideas packed into 90 minutes of film.

What part of my project am I avoiding?

I can be a bit scattered in my approach when I have a few different projects to work on at once so I’m not so much avoiding tasks as trying to make sure I am focused on the right one at the right time. I have a few  deadlines I need to meet, and I need time for my work to develop, so it’s important to make sure I keep those deadlines top of mind when I sit down to work.