What I’m Doing Now

Amanda Truscott and Kevin Urbanski at the Attica Riots concert.

At the Attica Riots CD release party in Winnipeg.

After a month in Manitoba (colder than Mars for much of our visit), my partner Kevin and I are back in the mountains of British Columbia.

I’m still working on an urban fantasy novel about a Pomeranian shapeshifter. I’m also exploring the idea of offering a Creative Unblocking workshop in Fernie or Sparwood. It’s something I did in 2015, but I think now I’d like to go more in-depth. Stay tuned for details.

In my last update, I said I’d blog sporadically while focusing on bigger projects. That’s still the case, so I’m not committing to a posting schedule, but I’ll keep sharing insights as I have them. I might squeeze in the odd interview, too.

Kevin Urbanski driving the Trans-Canada Highway in a Mazda Bongo Friendee.

Kevin driving the world’s longest highway in the world’s ricketiest van.

What I’m Reading

The Best American Short Stories of 2011, edited by Geraldine Brooks

I just finished this last night, and it contains, I’m not kidding, the best short story I’ve ever read: George Saunders’ “Escape from Spiderhead”. It also includes a chapter from one of my all-time favourite novels, Jennifer Egan’s A Visit From the Goon Squad. Nestled among those and other gems is a bunch of stuff that, while impressive, feels gratuitously depressing.

The Lean Startup, by Eric Ries

I’m reading this book because Kevin foisted it on me after finishing it himself. He’s in the midst of forming his own machine learning company, so it’s obviously applicable to him. As it turns out, though, it’s applicable to me, too. Ries defines a “startup” as “a human institution designed to create a new product or service under conditions of extreme uncertainty.” I’d say writing fits that bill, and Ries’ “build-measure-learn” method is a great way to sidestep perfectionism.

What I’m Listening To

This page was last updated on January 31st, 2018.


PS: I got the idea for this page from my friend and accountability partner Niki Shmikis, Neophyte Philosopher. She got it from Derek Sivers.

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