I’m pretty exhausted. I wrote a number of works which I am collectively calling the “Hamlet’s play” series, and a mysterious figure Evelyn shows up in many of them. She can be seen as a metaphor, if you like, though I am not entirely certain if I have actually met a woman of her description.
In this series, there are some references to President Trump, and this is explained by the recurring dreams I have had- some amusing, some frightening- where he shows up as a negative figure. I’m not a fan of 45 so that, too, is explained by this.
As far as I know, I have no evidence of either Evelyn or President Trump actually contacting me- though, because of the recurring dreams and what feel to me like actual memories (as opposed to delusions which, with medication and time, fade) uncovered in the course of self-care and therapy. So I’m treating these ideas as interesting ones, and as I’ve mentioned before, I plan to write a number of novels and TV scripts based on them, or aspects of them.
I’ve bet before, and keep making bets with myself, as to when one or both of these figures (Evelyn, or President Trump) might indicate to people they know or to the public in general that they have met and interacted with me. I’ve always been wrong, so the most logical explanation for the lack of interaction is that I’ve never been contacted and there is no history of interaction.
The dreams, they keep coming. I’m keeping my “Hamlet’s play” series more or less to myself from now on (I’ve shared enough, and also, I would like to use some of the ideas in fiction I plan to sell). I plan to use quite a lot of it in several works: notably a novel I am calling Cloak, another mock autobiographical work I am calling The Accidental Spy, and a TV series I have conceived of which is based on a story I am calling, for now, “October 6th“. I haven’t said a lot about what is going into these because I would dearly like to finish writing them before someone else can appropriate the contents.
In terms of my fiction output, I have not finished with these projects; I did, however, come across some older manuscripts or half-manuscripts for short stories, and I plan on publishing those as time permits, and as I find collaborators willing to provide me with decent ebook covers so I can put them out on Smashwords. My productivity this year and last has not been steady, but I hope very much to pick up when the spring finally arrives, and at least put out a couple of new Smashwords ebooks.
My novel Anagama is edited, and I plan to attempt to find a publisher for it as soon as I feel confident that I can approach a US-based agent with it (I’m Canadian). I’m also happy with Infinity, and I hope to find a publisher for it as well. And, finally, I have not yet pulled Perigee from the internet shelves, mostly because I am not done with the planned revisions, and I hope to finish with those as soon as I have sent out queries for the first two novels.
In addition to all these works, my peculiar situation of having more creative thought than energy to write has left me with literally dozens of additional story ideas that I think would make great projects but which I simply may never have time to write (I am up to about 60). I wish I could collaborate with more energetic people to make these real projects, but I am taking things one day at a time.
Here’s hoping that my energy and focus to write fiction returns soon. In the meantime, I hope you can find something of interest in the works I already have publicly available on Amazon or on Smashwords, and I hope very much to start adding to these, and working on additional ways to promote my fiction.
I’m lucky that my energy level has not impaired my ability to do science- I have been busy formulating ideas for grants and working on fleshing them out with colleagues, as well as finding grant agencies and programs that are appropriate for the work I want to do. I have developed an interest in learning to fly agricultural drones and interpret the spectra collected by different sensors, and have some novel ideas as to how apply aerial drone survey data to track certain phenomena important in the microbial ecology of agricultural soils. I am hoping that soon I might even find a position which allows me to actually work on these ideas and write grants as a PI or co-PI, and I am aware that my fiction output will probably diminish as a consequence. I’m optimistic that, like Isaac Asimov, I can continue to work and teach and find spare time to work on my fiction as a hobby.
So, readers, I have a fair number of ambitious plans, and I hope you will bear with me as I strive to achieve them.