East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai

It keeps you running


aspirinStrange week, this one.
Bad health, and that weird, sort of sudden vacuum that plops around you as you fall into that strange territory between projects.
Spend half a day on the trains, and go down with cold and sore throat – that’s me.
So I’m trying to get back on my feet, and in the meantime I catch up with my reading, and plan for things to come.

A few days back I heard a colleague wax lyrically about what you do when you finish your novel.
I was surprised at the sting of irritation I felt.
What you do when you finish your novel? What a silly question…
You start the next one, because bills won’t pay themselves.

Well, actually it’s a little more articulated.
You can take an afternoon off, and maybe prepare yourself a cup of hot chocolate to celebrate.
Watch a few old episodes of Department S.
Listen to the Doobie Brothers.
Then you start on the next one.

That might non be a novel, but maybe a short story, or a novella or a game project, or something else.
Or all of those, in any sequence you feel like.
Like the Doobies said, it keeps you running.

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

2 thoughts on “It keeps you running

  1. Can’t stop laughing!
    Talking about you is really absurd to ask what you do when you finish a novel, since you have always a thousand projects going on and even more ideas that jump out!
    Can’t imagine you just contemplating your “beautiful and perfect opera”!
    And for me, as a reader, is great all this energy and movement.
    Being one of your reader is never boring! 😀


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