Sunday, March 02, 2008

Keep drinking the coffee & buying books

I haven't posted for a while because I have been travelling but now I am settled for a few days and so I thought I would post a quick update. First, it is my opinion, given recent experience, that giving up coffee is a bad idea. I drink one cup a day, real coffee, none of that instant stuff. Last week I decided that perhaps it was affecting my sleep and so I stopped drinking it. On Coffee-Free Day Two I was due to fly to Ireland and a) I got the flight time wrong and nearly missed the flight and b) left my mobile phone on the train to the airport. I would like to point out that I never, ever do either of these things. I am normally very careful to check the flight times and to make sure I haven't dropped anything when getting off public transport. I blame it on the coffee withdrawal. I was too calm. See what happens?

Ok, back to writing talk. Whether it was the coffee or lack of it, I have recovered surprisingly fast from failing to get anywhere either with the Fish short story prize or the new Flosca short story competition. A year ago, I would have moped around, dejected, for days, wondering where I went wrong. Now, I was a little disappointed for an hour or so and then, poof, all gone. I am sure it has something to do with the fact that my book is coming out in 3 months (3 months!!). Nothing can really top the news that someone wants to publish your book. That's really it as far as highs go. Also, ever since the rather unpleasant experience a few weeks ago with the lit mag that I won't go into again, something has switched inside me. It's hard to describe exactly but it is something to do with power, and realizing that I actually have some. I don't have to wait to be "chosen", I don't have to accept publication on any terms, I can initiate my own projects. I did it with The Short Review, and now I have the beginnings of an idea for an anthology, and what's to stop me from just doing it? This is quite a turning point - moving from handing my fate to others to grabbing it back and forging my own path. Some might call it maturity. I don't know what to call it, but it sure feels good.

On that note, my great friend Vanessa's short story collection, Words from A Glass Bubble, is now available from all good book shops!

It's a stunning collection of stories, beautiful and tragic, inspiring and illuminating. I already have my copy. Get it now! Click here for more details.


Vanessa G said...

I am worried for that cactus, T. You look hungry!

Thank you for posting my book up there...

And hey, enjoy working with Salt over the White Road. It will be a stunning collection, and I want mine signed!

Sarah Hilary said...

Lovely post, Tania, and it sounds like you're in a great place - in command of your fate! I'm envious of your equilibrium. Great to hear you sounding so well.

Anne Brooke said...

Good for you, Tania! All power to writers is what I say!

I so long for Salt to release things in paperback - I really don't like hardback books! I'd certainly buy the Glass Bubble shorts if it was in paperback. (though of course I'll make an exception in 3 months' time for you!)



Tania Hershman/The Short Review said...

V - thanks, I hope I will enjoy it, you are my inspiration!
Sarah - I am in a good place right now but, as you know, this is a roller-coaster business so let's hope it lasts.

Anne - I do understand how you feel about hardback but I must say that Vanessa's book looks beautiful, and there is something more grown-up about hardback. Mine, suffice it to say, will be paperback! I can't quite believe anyone who isn't related to me will shell out £8.99 for it :)

James said...

I quite agree, a coffee free day is unfathomable! keep drinking the coffee (organic fair-trade), and keep pouring forth great words!!

x j

Women Rule Writer said...

Welcome back, T! I'm glad things look good. You are right, we're the creators of our own writing destinies. I go after stuff cos I know no one is going to land on my doorstep with offers (much as I'd like them to...)
And back on the coffee, girleen. Life's too short.
I'm dying for your book. Enjoying Vanessa's v much. As a personal pref, I do rather paperbacks (for my own and others) but will always buy HB's when I am in a hurry to read a book. I read in bed mostly, so prefer a pliable cover. As simple as that.
Love and luck to you,