It's autumn 2019, and there have been several days of lovely fall weather here. If I were to guess, my methods of transportation generally fall into these percentages: cycling 50% ; car 30% ; walk/bus (usually in combination) 20%. Although there are numerous reasons why I enjoy traveling by foot / bicycle, one of the reasons is simply the joy of being outdoors and being PART of nature. And, I generally take a lot of photographs on my commutes, like these ones below from the last week or so.
Within These Trees, book one, is finished. The book has been through a crazy number of revisions, dating back to around 2001. I actually have an Ontario Arts Council grant from about that time, for this book. I still have the paperwork for the grant! So, this current version honestly feels like "the one". It's the best this book has ever been. And after some back and forth, the storyline will need a three part trilogy to finish.
Book Two has required some reading about World War II and the aftermath of the war. Savage Continent by Keith Lowe has been really useful as an overview of the chaos of the immediate post-war months. I had been wondering about utilizing some time-travel in this book, but time-travel is messy and in my case with this book, unnecessary. There will be two time-lines in the book though, events that happen around WWII which then have to be rectified in the modern day storyline.
I haven't yet signed up, but I'll be doing NaNoWriMo again this November. The main impetus for writing, with NaNoWriMo, is to hit a certain word-count target with your writing, during the month of November. I'm not sure what I'll do for a target - I guess hours of thought might be a good one! I'm not ready to start laying down lots of writing yet, for book two. But I do need to do some more reading and note-taking. So... some early morning hours of coffee, a lamp, and a notebook and pen lay before me over the coming weeks.
I'm Chris Tomasini.