February update: singing, short stories and reading

Short stories: I’m currently working on a short story for Fox Spirit – the prompt was “You left you biscuit behind“. I originally looked at a story in our world, but then it occurred to me (of course, once I’d planned the damn thing out) that I could set it in Greensky… so I did that! It provides a nice look at Ziricon, the status of slaves, the relationships between people in the city – and a dose of mystery and whodunnit. It’s still very character-focused, as my writing always is, but it is nice to write something a little different. I’m struggling with the word count at the moment as I’m only on 3,000 and I am wondering if I’m going to reach the 6,000 required, but we’ll see. I’ve got another two weeks to work on it, and even if I don’t submit it then it’s a nice addition to my Greensky range.

Singing: I’ve had four singing lessons, gone up two grades and increased my range by an octave. Not too bad for a month! I was pretty much right in my original assumption that I mostly needed confidence and a bit of direction; I’m improving by leaps and bounds now that I know what to focus on. My breathing’s getting stronger, my practise while walking is helping a lot, and my range is growing as everything else strengthens. I need to work on my diction, my confidence and my breathing – but I’m still really enjoying the lessons, so that’s all good.

Reading: I’ve been borrowing books from work and also have a stack of Grimbold ones to read, so I’ve been having fun! I read The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud last week and have The Eye of Ptolemy in my to-read pile; I love the contrast between Bartimaeus and Nathaniel’s POV and the ever-deepening pile o’shite in which they both find themselves, so I’m looking forward to reading the second one. I also read The Starlight Conspiracy by Steve Voake; imaginative, although I found it quite a flip-the-pages read and wouldn’t read any more by him…it’s not bad, it just didn’t really catch my imagination – but then I’m not entirely into mysteries, aliens and baddy-chases anyway. I’ve also just read Strange Tales from the Scriptorian Vaults, which I really enjoyed due to the steampunk theme and diversity of mysteries and characters – and the overarching story, which tied everything together. The next Grimbold book I’ve got is The Art of Forgetting by Joanne Hall, which I am very much looking forward to!

Author: kate

Kate Coe is an editor, book reviewer and writer of fiction & fantasy. She writes the sparkpunk GreenSky series and blogs at writingandcoe.co.uk. When she's not working, she fills her spare time in between writing with web design, gaming, geeky cross-stitch and DIY (which may or may not involve destroying things). She also reads far fewer books that she would like to, but possibly more than she really has time for.