Hey! It’s in March. 15th of, to be precise. :)
Today I start work on my first collection of short stories, at least, the first that I’m putting out into the wider world. I’ve written romantic and erotic stories and poems before, some which did nothing but loiter in a secret corner of my network gathering virtual dust, some which were given limited exposure on a creative writing forum some years ago; a few were written for and given to partners or potential partners, and one was read out in a poetry class I attended at my local pub - these last two examples took considerable courage but were, to my relief, well received. Now, I’m making a concerted effort to write and present my latest work in a way that will hopefully make its way onto people’s screens.
I’m going to use a simple and not very original theme for the collection - they will all be inspired by songs written and/or performed by favourite artists who are all known to some extend for unique and palpable sensuality, in a diversity of shades. In keeping with my tastes, many of these shades are dark - Leonard Cohen and Nick Cave are high on the list - while others are more difficult to define emotionally, from the seemingly singular viewpoint of Kate Bush to the simultaneously oblique and expressive early work of Tori Amos. I’m even planning to attempt to contrast these ‘meaningful’ songs (for want of a better word) with some that are deliberately obscure and light on meaning - for instance, Ellie Goulding’s “Starry Eyed” conjures quite a vivid story for me, but checking the written lyrics, I have no idea how.
Please keep an eye out for tweets (@CameronValence) about this little project, I’d be really excited to get some feedback and constructive comments.