Thursday, December 1, 2022

December 2022 Update



We were fortunate to enjoy good weather (meaning, not a whole lot of snow and what we have had hasn’t stayed long) through November. On the morning of December 1, though, as I post this, there is white stuff falling slowly from the sky, as if warning us that the spate of pleasant weather won't last, so I feel a little like my dog Chet, shown in the image above seeking a warm spot to hide out. 

Through the month of November, I tackled the National Novel Writing Month challenge. Having found last year that for me, personally, shooting for the target of 50,000 words resulted in burnout, I set a more modest target of 25,000 words and an attempt to write daily through the month, both of which I managed to do.

Recent Publications
Reviews:
The Madness of Crowds, by Louise Penny, posted on The Miramichi Reader site, November 11, 2022, https://miramichireader.ca/2022/11/the-madness-of-crowds-by-louise-penny/ 

The Zone: Rediscovering Our Natural Self, by Rob Wood, posted on The Miramichi Reader site November 18, 2022, https://miramichireader.ca/2022/11/the-zone-rediscovering-our-natural-self-by-rob-wood/

Articles:
“Taking Flight with Speculative Poetry,” published in Hope Clark’s Funds for Writers newsletter November 11, 2022.

What I’m Working On
I made progress on several short stories during the month of November. Some have already been sent out in response to submission calls. Others will require some editing and refinement in the coming months. I remain grateful for K.M. Weiland’s books as I progress through the short story process. During November, I spent a lot of time using her Creating Character Arcs workbook to set the foundations for stories I was working on.

Coming Soon
During the month of December, I have a couple of pieces scheduled to appear on the New Myths site; more about that with the next post.

 

 

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

November 2022 Update: Neosapiens Anthology Launch and Other News


On November 1, the Neosapiens anthology, published by New Myths, launched. I have two pieces appearing in this volume, a short story titled “Into the Ring” and a poem, “From Cat, to Fiddle.” The above meme developed by the publicity team features a line from “Into the Ring.” As you might gather from the meme, “Into the Ring” features a canine protagonist. Maybe I can blame it on my love of Thornton W. Burgess nature stories as a child, but for some reason writing stories featuring animals seems to come naturally for me. Neosapiens is the third New Myths anthology I’ve been fortunate enough to have my work included in, with the others being Passages and Twilight Worlds.

Recent Publications

Poetry:
“After the Quest is Over,” Eye to the Telescope, Issue 46, Quests, October 2022, https://eyetothetelescope.com/ 

“Cleaning Out the Desk,” “Constant,” and “Golden Years,” Paddler Press, Issue 6, Changes, October 2022. https://paddlerpress.ca/issues-trip-log/

“Do the Gods Laugh?” Star*Line 45.4, Fall 2022, http://www.sfpoetry.com/starline.html 

"From Cat, to Fiddle," Neosapiens: Best of New Myths Volume III, NewMyths, https://www.amazon.com/Neosapiens-Best-NewMyths-Anthology-III-ebook/dp/B0BJ829NVX

“Get It Over With,” Thema, Vo 34, No. 3, Get It Over With, https://themaliterarysociety.com/

“[Proxima colonists],” Spaceports & Spidersilk, October 2022, Hiraeth Publishing, https://www.hiraethsffh.com/product-page/spaceports-spidersilk-october-2022-edited-by-marcie-lynn-tentchoff

Reviews:
First-Time Listener, by Jennifer Zilm, posted on the Miramichi Reader site October 10, 2022, https://miramichireader.ca/2022/10/first-time-listener-by-jennifer-zilm/

Stone Woman, by Bernadette Gabay Dyer, posted on the Miramichi Reader site October 26, 2022, https://miramichireader.ca/2022/10/stone-woman-by-bernadette-gabay-dyer/

Short Stories:
"Into the Ring," 
Neosapiens: Best of New Myths Volume III, NewMyths, https://www.amazon.com/Neosapiens-Best-NewMyths-Anthology-III-ebook/dp/B0BJ829NVX

What I’m Working On
This past month, I got some traction on drabbles and short stories. In November, I’ll give NaNoWriMo another shot, with some amendments. Last year, I pushed hard to get the target 50,000 words and then experienced short story burnout for a few months after. This time, I’m not going to pressure myself to hit specific word count targets. I’m also going to work, as the mood dictates, on poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction rather than focusing on fiction. Still, the attempt to write something every day, or as often as other commitments permit, is something I find of value.

 

Saturday, October 1, 2022

October 2022 Update

Recent Publications

Poetry:
“Run Run Renegade,” Radon Journal, Issue 2, https://www.radonjournal.com/run-run-renegade

“Wondering,” JOURN-E: The Journal of Imaginative Literature, vol. 1, no.2, Autumnal Equinox 2022.

Reviews:
Aquariums, by J.D. Kurtness, translated by Pablo Strauss, posted on the Miramichi Reader site September 19, 2022, https://miramichireader.ca/2022/09/aquariums-by-j-d-kurtness-translated-by-pablo-strauss/
 
Runs With the Stars, by Darcy Whitecrow and Heather M. O’Connor, posted on the Miramichi Reader site September 10, 2022, https://miramichireader.ca/2022/09/runs-with-the-stars-by-darcy-whitecrow-and-heather-m-oconnor/

Short Stories:
“Roll of the Dice,” Cosmic Crime, September 2022, Hiraeth Books, https://www.hiraethsffh.com/product-page/cosmic-crime-stories-september-2022-edited-by-tyree-campbell-1
 
What I’m Working On
Short stories and reviews are currently my main focus. I expect this will continue into October.

 

Thursday, September 1, 2022

September 2022 Update

“Where has the summer gone” sounds so cliché, but that doesn’t lessen how true that statement feels this particular year. Already, students are preparing to return to school, the leaves in the deciduous trees are starting to turn, and birds are gathering in anticipation of a voyage south.

Recent Publications
Poetry:
“Cats Of the Future” and “Unexpected,” Utopia Science Fiction, August/September 2022, https://www.utopiasciencefiction.com/product-page/august-september-2022

“The Cycle Repeats,” Scifaikuest August 2022 online, https://www.hiraethsffh.com/scifaikuest-online

“En Vacances in Quebec City” and “Watching Softball,” Paddler Press, Vol. 5, Summer Fare, August 2022, https://paddlerpress.ca/?post_type=product&p=504&preview=true

[if an infinite number] and “New York, New Reality,” Scifaikuest August 2022 print, Hiraeth Publishing, https://www.hiraethsffh.com/product-page/scifaikuest-august-2022-edited-by-t-santitoro

“Now You’re Gone,” “Without Her,” and “To The Robin, Building a Nest in My Eavestrough,” Samjoko, Summer 2022, https://www.samjokomagazine.com/nowyouregone-lisatimpf

In August, a review of In Days to Come, my speculative poetry collection, was posted on The Future Fire web site: http://reviews.futurefire.net/2022/08/timpf-in-days-to-come.html#more

Reviews:
A Life Spent Listening, by Hassan Khalili, published on the Miramichi Reader site August 28, 2022, https://miramichireader.ca/2022/08/a-life-spent-listening-by-hassan-khalili/

The Messy Lives of Book People, by Phaedra Patrick, published on the Miramichi Reader site August 31, 2022, https://miramichireader.ca/2022/08/the-messy-lives-of-book-people-by-phaedra-patrick/ 

Resonance: Essays on the Craft and Life of Writing, edited by Andrew Chesham and Laura Farina, published on The Miramichi Reader site August 20, 2022, https://miramichireader.ca/2022/08/resonance-essays-on-the-craft-and-life-of-writing-edited-by-andrew-chesham-and-laura-farina/

State of Terror by Hilary Rodham Clinton and Louise Penny, published on the Miramichi Reader site August 2, 2022, https://miramichireader.ca/2022/08/state-of-terror-by-hillary-rodham-clinton-and-louise-penny/

Short Stories:
“The Chienchat Conundrum,” published as a reprint in Professor Feiff's Compleat Pocket Guide to Xenobiology for the Galactic Traveller, JayHenge Publishing, https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B0B97YTX6X

What I’m Working On
In August, I got back to working on short stories, while continuing to chip away at my book review to-do list. I’m expecting much the same trend will continue in September, as I have developed a few story ideas in response to submission calls for speculative fiction stories.

 

Monday, August 1, 2022

August 2022 Update

It’s always nice to get exposure for your work, and in July, Sandra Lindow posted a lovely review of In Days to Come on the SpecPo blog, link below: https://specpo.wordpress.com/2022/07/08/in-days-to-come-a-review/
 
Also, one of my poems was published in a short collection, Cocoa Cabin, by Pearl Pirie back in 2014. Pearl has been catching up with authors she had worked with in the past, and her follow-up with me is posted at the following link:
https://pearlpirie.com/checking-in-with-lisa-timpf/
 
Recent Publications
Poetry:
“What Awaits,” Polar Borealis Issue 22, July 2022, https://polarborealis.ca/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/POLAR-BOREALIS-22-July-2022.pdf

[time jump to Noah’s era], Star*Line 45.3, Summer 2002

[canine deity], Spaceports and Spidersilk, June 2022, Hiraeth Publishing

Reviews:
Bad Actors: Second Pi in the Face, by Ira Nayman, The Miramichi Reader, July 4, 2022, https://miramichireader.ca/2022/07/bad-actors-second-pi-in-the-face-by-ira-nayman/
 
From Your Hostess at the T&A Museum, by Kathleen Balma, Star*Line 45.3, Summer 2022
 
What I’m Working On
I’m putting together a collection of nature-related poetry for a submission call that ends in August. I’m also finishing off some book reviews. On the writing side, I’m working my way through The Ode Less Travelled by Stephen Fry. This book was recommended by a member of SF Canada, and I’m finding it very helpful.
 
Coming Soon
Several poems and one short story are scheduled to come out in August. More on those as they get published.
 

Friday, July 1, 2022

July 2022 Update

June seems to have gone by in a flash. Between strawberry picking, gardening, and a couple of road trips, not as much writing time as some months, but that’s the norm for me once the weather gets nicer. 

Recent Publications

Poetry:
“The Cool Neighours,” Polar Starlight, Issue 6, June 2022, https://polarborealis.ca/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/POLAR-STARLIGHT-6-June-2022.pdf

“The New Old West” and “Detained,” Scifaikuest May 2022 print, Hiraeth Publishing 

Reviews:
In the Writers’ Words: Conversations with Ten Canadian Poets, by Laurence Hutchman, published June 6, 2022, on the Miramichi Reader site.
https://miramichireader.ca/2022/06/in-the-writers-words-conversations-with-ten-canadian-poets-volume-ii-by-laurence-hutchman/

Short Stories:
“The Switch,” New Myths Issue 59, June 2022. This is one of my “Quicksilver and Pepper” stories about a futuristic AI-enhanced cat and his canine sidekick fighting crime on behalf of the Galactic Space Service. Available for free at  https://sites.google.com/newmyths.com/newmyths-com-issue-59/issue-59-stories/the-switch

What I’m Working On
I’m still working on a number of book reviews, so that’s my main focus at present.

Coming Soon
Several poems are due for publication in July and August.

 

 

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

June 2022 Update

May seemed to come and go in a hurry. Perhaps that’s because, in our area at least, the weather was more conducive for outdoor work. Right now, the trees in our area are coming into full leaf—always one of the most beautiful times of the year.

Recent Publications
Poetry:
“Another Virtual Meeting,” “The Changing Face of Fear,” “Dogs of the 2080s,” “Strange New Worlds,” and “New Home, New Hope,” Eccentric Orbits Volume 3, Dimensionfold Publishing, https://www.amazon.ca/Eccentric-Orbits-Anthology-Science-Fiction/dp/1989940447/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

“Infinite Monkey Theorem, Revisited,” “It Must Be More,” “Separate and Apart,” “They Sent the Old,” “Wanted: Another Terrestrial Planet,” Illumen, Spring 2022, Hiraeth Publishing,  https://www.hiraethsffh.com/product-page/illumen-spring-2022-edited-by-tyree-campbell

“[sunlight refracts]” and “Some Things We’re Meant to Leave Behind,” Scifaikuest May 2022 online, Hiraeth Publishing, https://www.hiraethsffh.com/scifaikuest-online

Reviews:
The Sisters Sputnik, by Terri Favro, published on The Miramichi Reader website May 5, 2022, https://miramichireader.ca/2022/05/the-sisters-sputnik-by-terri-favro/

All the Seas of the World, by Guy Gavriel Kay, published on The Miramichi Reader website May 23, 2022, https://miramichireader.ca/2022/05/all-the-seas-of-the-world-by-guy-gavriel-kay/ Inspired by Renaissance culture, All the Seas of the World is a fitting follow-up to A Brightness Long Ago.

What I’m Working On
Having recently completed an on-line course through the local library on writing for magazines, I’ve been in a creative non-fiction mood this past month, and this will likely carry over into June. I’m also continuing to chip away at my book review list.