The classic March 1st question is whether March is coming in like a lion or like a lamb. Well, based on what I’m seeing here in New Mexico, I’d say either a very temperamental lamb or a lion who is feeling mellow enough that he wants a tummy rub. As any of you who are familiar with cats know, an invitation to a tummy rub is not a promise of peaceful behavior.
In my errands around town, I’ve noticed that some optimistic fruit trees are already flowering, mostly ornamental pear, apricot, and what I think is ornamental cherry. Happily, none of my fruit trees (peach, apple, pomegranate) are showing the same level of optimism, but I am seeing buds fattening out.
My writing lately has been very lion and lamb as well. On the lion side, I wrote a short story last week. It wasn’t very long – only 1,400 words – but I enjoyed seeing what had been inchoate impulse take shape.
On the lamb side, I’ve been immersed in research for a potential longer project. I’ve finished the non-fiction reading (at least for now) and am going to turn to some myth and folklore. Then I’ll probably do some freewriting to see if various elements begin to tumble together, or if there’s a sense that I need to find more.
I’m also still working on getting Smoke and Mirrors ready to re-release as an e-book. Depending on how long I take to get various elements resolved, the new edition could be ready for readers before the end of March. I’m finding that preparing an e-book is a lot like spring weather: sometimes intense and full of bustle, other times focused on quiet growth.
On the side, Sunday I took a few hours to work on multi-media craft project. Like many of my stories, this is something I’ve wanted to do for many years, but I had never quite settled on how to begin. Now I’ve begun, and am eager to see how it develops. It’s sort of large, but I’ll worry about where to put it when I’m actually done…
The way my life is right now, changeable weather feels just right. Lion or lamb? How about lion and lamb? And maybe a few other things besides!