Coming Attractions on the Fiction and Sports Blender
Hi everyone. It seems a lot of life is happening this summer, which is a good thing, except that this little blog is suffering a little for it. So, to let everyone know I’m still here, and because I don’t have a knockout post ready to go, I thought I’d provide a little taste of what’s ahead.
Though my writing output isn’t what I’d like, I have been reading some terrific books, and a few are sitting on my bookshelf and begging me to pick them next. At the moment, I’m in the middle of a book by Karen Joy Fowler of The Jane Austen Book Club fame. The Sweetheart Season, a novel set during World War II, portrays the humorous adventures of a women’s baseball team. I’ve also started Tanis Rideout’s Above All Things, a fictionalized version of George Mallory’s quest to climb Mt. Everest. And then there’s Laura Disilverio’s mystery Swift Edge, Tom Perotta’s The Abstinence Teacher (girl’s soccer is featured prominently), Ron Irwin’s Flatwater Tuesday (rowing), a collection of Dick Francis horse racing stories, Harlen Coben’s Play Dead, P.G. Wodehouse’s golf stories, and, well, quite a few more. Look for musings on these in the weeks ahead.
My next novel is still in the formative stages. Though it will certainly involve sports (baseball, to be specific), I plan to market it as historical fiction set in 1958 Portland, and it will feature the Portland Beavers of the Pacific Coast League. I’m finding the setting especially intriguing. 1958 was the first year that the Dodgers and Giants played on the west coast, and their move from New York heralded the demise of the Pacific Coast League, which in the early 50’s nearly became a third major league, on a par with the American and National Leagues. And from what I’ve read, Portland was a hotbed of organized crime in that era. So I don’t think I’ll have much trouble finding obstacles and conflict for my characters. But I’ve got to do some research so I don’t have my hero traveling north on an east-west street or visiting some store that didn’t exist. Which means I need to review 1958 Portland newspapers, and I’m currently trying to find the best way to do that. If I find any interesting tidbits, I’ll pass them on here. And once I get going on setting down the first draft, I’ll share some of my experiences along with a few excerpts so you all can tell me what seems to be working and what isn’t.
So, now you know, there’s a lot coming up on the Fiction & Sports Blender. I hope everyone keeps checking in.