After eliminating several thousand lines of notes I'm now sorting out my almost-finished and barely-started short stories. A week or so back I had about 70 fragments and I've been working through these, either finishing or deleting them. So far I've eliminated about 15 stories but I've also turned up some lovely pieces. Some of these fragments are over 5 years old and the need to make decisions has forced me to rethink them.
One of the downsides of cheap electronic storage is that everything can be kept rather than what is most useful. Over time this can become overwhelming. Any idea that's truly good will be memorable whether or not it's stored on a disk.
In between this, I've been practising reading 'A Bad Place to Stick Your Hand' in preparation for tonight's performance at Sparks. I'm very excited to see how this works out, and can't wait to see the photograph that's been commissioned to illustrate the story.If you want to follow what I'm up to, sign up to my mailing list