Honking Great Update

Its Sunday and I finally have a free half-hour to update the blog.

So how is my life as a writer for hire going? Well since going PT at work I have installed myself as unoffical writer in residence at Leicester University Library where the studious atmosphere and lack of internet mean I have no option but to focus on the task at hand…writing. Its also occured to me that when I make the New York Times bestseller list for my fantasy epic they might give me an honorary degree or something. I’m doing two or three full days a week there, and its the most productive writing period I’ve had in my life. I’ve found that if I can dedicate a whole day to writing, I can manage three two sessions which produce about 2000 words. I’m going to find it very hard to give up this dedicated writing time if / when I return to the world of full-time employment so I’m intent on enjoying it while it lasts.

On the literature development front I am keeping myself busy. 2008 is the National Year of Reading around which I have big plans.

I have taken on a couple of freelance projects as well, most notably organising the Writing Industries Conference for the Literature Network. The conference is scheduled for early next year, more details here when they are available.

I completed my mentoring last week, which had stretched from a six month to an almost year long project. It has been tremendously valuable for me and provided a real focus for my development. I really doubt I would have taken the plunge in to the world of part tijme work and freelancing otherwise, or managed the progress I’ve made with writing.

I have also recently started reviewing work for The Fix. My first assignment was the retrospective short story collection Viewpoints Critical by L E Moddesitt. It turns out my mentor has met Modesitt which gave me a different insight into why I might have struggled through his stories. My next assignment is Cabinet des Fees: A Fairy Tale Journal by Prime Books. I’ve barely scratched the surface yet but it seems like an intriguing publication. The Fix is proving to be a really vibrant hub for the SF community so I strongly suggest taking a good look of that kind of thing interests you.

Transmission #9 and Electric Velocipede #13 have now hit the streets so I have no other confirmed publications ahead of me. I do have a story under serious consideration for an online zine, and I have stories submitted to BBC Radio 7, Realms of Fantasy, Clarkesworld and Elastic Press. My priority is to finish more work though, because I’m runing out of stuff to send out!

I have another 1000 words to bang out this evening. Good luck to any of you doing NaNoWriMo BTW.

Published by Damien Walter

Writer and storyteller. Contributor to The Guardian, Independent, BBC, Wired, Buzzfeed and Aeon magazine. Special forces librarian (retired). Teaches the Rhetoric of Story to over 35,000 students worldwide.


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