On Wednesday evening, I went to the 17th Annual Totally Unknown Writers Festival. As always organized by the great folks from Life Rattle Radio and originally founded by two of my professional writing professors, Guy Allen and Arnie Achtman. As with every year, great stories written and read by talented authors from around Toronto.
I hoped to read this year, but I’ll get ready for next year’s festival. I did meet up with some of my old classmates from university. And I was able to catch up with them and Guy. If you want to hear great stories of life experiences from the GTA, I highly recommend coming out to the festival.
Last week I mentioned that I restarted writing of my novel. Well actually I’ve restarted the writing of TWO novels. Yes, I’m writing TWO novels in tandem. And while it sounds like a bad idea, this can work since I can switch between the novels depending on the mood I’m in. If I’m in the mood for something epic, I’ll continue with A Collection of Shards. If I’m in the mood for something more quiet and personal, I’ll work on Echoes in the Endless. In either case, I’m planning to work on both simultaneously. Also I can not give an estimate of when I will finish writing these books. My previous estimates and personal due dates came and went, and the book writing did not progress.
Echoes in the Endless will look similar to the earlier variants that I started working on. However instead of the majestic huge starships of space operas, I’ve taken a liking to the gritty grim spacecraft of today. I also enjoyed hard science fiction, that involved reality based stories. Yes authors go into great lengths to explain things and it does make stories less “plastic epic”. However these constraints lead to more provocative unconventional stories, and I plan on writing those and not another clone of “Battlestar Galactica” or “Star Trek”. A warning to all readers, neither of these books are meant to be happy. I’m a realist not an optimist so I tend not include pink tinted glasses with my stories.
Finally, I’ve been initially invited to contribute to the next Totally Unknown Writers Festival. Everything is still in the conception stage, however with any luck I’ll read something at next year’s show.
And for kicks, I read the flash science fiction 365 Tomorrows a lot. Here is an awesome piece: EULA by Cesium Artichoke
Tonight I’ll be going to the Sixteenth Totally Unknown Writers Festival. I highly recommend it, especially if you would like to hear aspiring young and young-at-heart writers in Toronto.