If we were having coffee… you’d notice I’m wearing layers. A long sleeved shirt under my beloved NASA tee, and a big sky-colored scarf wrapped around my neck as many times as it could possibly be. Yes, it’s early September and summer is, apparently, over. For real. I mean, for me, summer was over the moment I left Mississippi, but… yikes. I realize there is a whole new set of clothing I need to get, including long / warm socks and a longer jacket because it’s so windy.
If we were having coffee I’d hesitate a moment, look around like they they do in movies, checking if anyone’s watching or listening, and then I’d tell you I’m sitting on ’embargoed information.’ Sounds important and exciting and kind of dangerous. But then, this ain’t WikiLeaks material. It’s to do with a manuscript, and I can hardly wait for the green light so I can tell you. Not that it’s really such a big deal yet — but ’nuff said.
(post scriptum: it’s official now, so here you go: http://www.barefictionmagazine.co.uk/2015/09/shortlist-announced-for-bare-fiction-debut-poetry-collection-competition/)
If we were sitting here, with mismatched cups in hand, watching the grey clouds flayed and chased around by the wind, and thankful for double-glazing, I might show you the crafty things I’ve been doing. I made some necklaces with the paper beads I mentioned making a little while ago. And I’d probably tell you about the book I’m reading: Consider Her Ways (and Others), by John Wyndham, the same guy who came up with the Triffids: (Note: the YouTube video I linked here got deleted, so here’s a link to IMDb. Treat yourself to the trailer!)
“All plants move. They just don’t normally pull themselves from the ground and chase you.”
Anyway, it’s a collection of short stories and I’ll share my thoughts on those once I’ve finished — I’m about half-way through right now. I do love me some good short fiction!