This past Saturday was an eventful day, and not in the ways I was expecting!
I woke up to the first major snowfall of the year, curtains of snow that fell and fell and fell. I’m one of those people who absolutely love snow. But the weather did change my plans for the day.
The photo shoot I had been mentally preparing for all week had to be rescheduled, which to be honest was a bit of a relief. You can never tell if the buses in this city are going to run on time, and with all the snow I was anxious about missing my appointment.
However, the snow didn’t stop me from venturing to Gertrude’s Writing Room for a workshop in the afternoon. I arrived late, but was welcomed with tea and a seat with my name in front of it. The workshop was called “Monsters, Aliens, Short Stories, and Friends,” and was facilitated by Christian Laforet and Ben Van Dongen from Adventure Worlds Press. We talked about what makes a sci-fi story a sci-fi story, how to make everyday settings seem creepy, and how to focus a short story around one main idea. There was time set aside for writing exercises, and the format was casual enough that everyone felt comfortable talking with the facilitators during the workshop.
On my way home, I stopped by Biblioasis and was directed to their new Used Sci-Fi/ Fantasy section. There was a collection of Bradbury short stories I ended up purchasing, since it seemed fitting with the day and all.
I haven’t written very many short stories in the past year. If nothing else, the workshop turned my head in that direction, gave me a bit of a push. I wrote a brand new short story last night and am hoping to work on a few more in the next couple of months. It’s a nice break from working on my novel manuscript.
What are you writing these days? How do you feel about writing short stories?