Lectio

Getting ever closer to the Banff Centre.

Written By Heather Clitheroe - September 3, 2014

How did it get to be September already? The summer roared by, a blur of hot days and windy afternoons, and here we are. Trees turning yellow, cold rain, the first murmurings of frost to be found in heavy morning dew.

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The approach of fall means a few more weeks of allergies (there’s still the leaves to contend with) and then the relative peace of the winter.

Just a week and a half to go until I’m up in the mountains, tucked into my writing. I’ve been reading a collection of Iain M. Banks’ short fiction on the bus, working to set the mood. So to speak. There are some astonishingly good stories (‘Descendant’ is devastatingly good; ‘A Gift from the Culture’ is a perfect piece of world and character development). I think I’ll have to make a point of reading his Culture novels at some point — the writing is just too good not to explore.

Meanwhile? Still working on a short story, getting ready to shift gears and go back to the novel. Taking a few weeks off from it has helped…something about needing the time and the space for the ideas and the characters to percolate, I think. It feels like they’re all waiting for me, planning to meet me at the Banff Centre. Soon.

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2 Comments

  1. unrealfred says:

    I started Consider Phlebas, the first Culture novel, several years ago but fell out of it for some reason. (Possibly the length.) I’ve kind of been waiting for it to recede a little in my memory before starting it again.

    And “fall” sounds like a very different animal there: a few quick weeks, if that, between summer and winter. Like here, we might see snow as early as the beginning of October, but I wouldn’t call that, or even November, a winter month. We’re actually in the grips of a small heat wave here at the moment.

    Banff is sounding nicer every day!

  2. kmkat says:

    Speaking of sci-fi, I am thinking of picking a classic, not-too-long sci-fi classic for our book club read in November. It should be (preferably) <300 pages. This group has never read anything from that genre in its 16-year existence (unless you consider Margaret Atwood sci-fi), and I thought it might be fun to introduce them. I am reading The Left Hand of Darkness right now to see if it would be acceptable. Got any other suggestions, O Great Sci-Fi Guru?

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