Here is my annual roundup of freelance and book writing highs, lows, and other projects in 2018. I also share a list of 12 writing-related essays by other writers that kept me inspired me each month of the year. And, of course, some writing goals for 2019. Here's wishing you all a happy and productive writing year in 2019. Stay tuned for updates and please do share your own goals and progress (here or connect with me on social media).
I am thrilled to share that my second book project has been accepted by Harper Collins India for worldwide publication in 2019. This is a literary translation from Gujarati into English of Dhumketu's short stories. Dhumketu (the word means comet) was the pen name of Gaurishankar Govardhanram Joshi, one of Gujarat’s most prolific writers in the early-20th century. During his lifetime, he wrote some 492 short stories in 24 volumes, 29 historical and 7 social novels, various plays, travelogues, and more. He was also an avid translator of Rabindranath Tagore and Khalil Gibran. To me, Dhumketu is the Gujarati Chekhov or Tagore . . .
'Disappointment' is a piece of flash fiction published in Issue #14 of Jet Fuel Review, a terrific literary journal run out of Lewis University in Illinois. A man and woman run into each other decades after their college years in Chicago, when they were briefly a couple. With this story, I wanted to explore, within the context of race and gender dynamics, how disappointment is a layered, complex emotion and how, often and without sufficient awareness, we tend to disappoint ourselves a whole lot more than anyone else possibly can. Of course, some of us are also often skilled in externalizing/projecting such disappointment onto others around us, especially our loved ones.