Shine On

Not that long ago, I made the fairly safe prediction that some enterprising editor would put together an anthology of optimistic sf, and lo! my prediction has come to pass…

Jetse de Vries to edit Shine, anthology of optimistic science fiction.

I’m going to go out on a limb and make a further prediction that this will be an anthology to look out for. To go all mystic for a second, there is an interesting energy around the idea of optimism at the moment, both within science fiction and beyond. If the Shine anthology picks up even an ounce of that (and I think it will), its going to be a fascinating read.

NaNo…its a bigger thing than the name suggests.

Almost one third into NaNoWriMo and I’m about 5500 words up on my novel. That is about 10,000 words off the NaNo pace, but I’m averaging 600 words a day, which given everything else I have been doing over these nine days is really not too bad. I’m also pretty happy with what those words say. I have characters. I have a plot. I have themes. I even have some quite nice prose going on in places. This is starting to look like a novel!

I’m not expectig to get to 50,000 words, but neither am I rejecting the possibility. But if I can carry on at this pace and quality, I’ll be extremely happy. I may also stop and revise if and when I get to 15,000, as its possible I might have located someone who is actually interested in reading them!