I have been eager to start working on my next book, which I fleshed out a few years ago. And I must have complained once too often about how I need more time to write because the universe has just granted me my wish. I injured my leg yesterday and have a six-week recovery ahead of me. No working out. Not even any walking for the time being. So it looks like I'll have plenty of time to do the research I've been meaning to do.
Luckily, I've also had some good news. I have been invited to attend the Fog Lit Festival in Saint John, NB. I will be one of four writers reading from their works at an event called Words and Wine on September 28. They have also asked me to run a workshop on short fiction. What an honour! I am thrilled they asked and also humbled. After years of writing short stories, I must have a few pearls of wisdom to share with participants. Unearthing them will be another item on my convalescent to-do list.
We are still working on the details, but my mini-reading tour will also include a reading in Ottawa and one at the Central Branch of the Halifax Public Library on October 2. What a thrill to read in such a beautiful building where authors like Yann Martel and Donna Morrissey have wowed the crowds. Ever since I first visited the new library, I have dreamed of holding a reading there. I feel very blessed to have a few of my dreams come true this year.
I will provide more details on the tour in the coming months. In the meantime, it's time to tackle that research. I will find a sunny spot, prop up my injured leg and dive into a book. All things considered, this is an excellent way to spend a summer's day.