In response to Eco-fiction.com’s call for writers to add to their blog tour:
What am I working on now, or just finished?
First project, Terra and the Forest People, a short story I’d like to eventually take a longer form. Started another, Sanctuary on the Sea.
I have yet to finish my first short story and am finding the transition from being a poetry writer for over three decades a real challenge at times.
How does my work fit into the climate genre?
Terra and the Forest People could be termed eco-futurism. It is about one woman’s encounters with other primates (Sasquatch), and the ethics of how we treat sentient beings. Its setting is the lush Pacific Northwest centered on a futuristic herb farm. It suggests we cannot consider a greener sustainable future without considering how we relate to key species around us.
Sanctuary on the Sea is inspired by the floating homes of Amsterdam and <a href="http://Sanctuary on the Sea” target=”_blank”>Seasteading.org, and the concept of the sea as the next Earth frontier. It follows a former military specialist in a turn from a conventional past into a new life staked on a budding nation on the sea. Rogues and refugees find common ground towards a freer, more sustainable future off-land.
Why do I write what I do?
Because I want to write more than poetry. Because I want to contribute real moving living images to humanity’s vision of the future. I’m a Sci-fi fan tired of the ever-repeating dystopia in stories that make it to TV or the big screen. Some fantasy, some imagination, some empowerment needs to be mixed back in — something more than grotesque aliens out to get us or gee-whiz gadgetry that will either save us or turn on us.
How does my writing process work? How do I work? How I outline or plan the story?
My process has always been sparked by flash of inspiration. Now I’m having to learn more discipline, but it remains dependent upon that spark of connection with the main character, and a feeling of what s/he might do.
I write pen to paper most of the time. It gives me an automatic editing stage when it gets typed into digital form here at the computer.
I sometimes use simple outlines as taught in school with key points. Other times I write timelines with doodles and pictures. I try not to do this much, but keep the process rolling — in ‘the zone.’ Still learning how to do that.