Douglas Glover’s online oasis Numero Cinq will be publishing a story of mine in the upcoming August issue. I am thrilled. It’s a fine group of people to be with and “A Serpent” is one of my favourite stories (finished last year after returning from a vacation in Elba).
“… Lee D. Thompson pens a strange and charming story —”A Serpent” — about difficult love and a sea monster.”
This makes me feel writerly again. Banff did that too, but what a mess of work and other issues I’ve had since returning.
Must get a collection in print.
Yes, I like to think I’m a musician sometimes, though I’m not always convinced it’s true. Many other things feel more natural to me, but I’ve always had songs and melodies in my head and can hardly have a conversation with someone (I know well) without starting to sing a response. Am I much of a singer? Shoulder shrug. Lyricist? Head nodding side to side. Guitarist? 30 years of strumming casually does pay off a little.
I stopped making music for a spell, started again seven or eight years ago and it does feel a part of me…
I completed a few songs while in Banff, and here are three:
Dance with the Dead
It takes me forever to complete a song. Lyrics are the culprit – they always fall short. Having a Banff music hut for two weeks was a boon, certainly.