Revisiting the classics when I should be writing

The last two chapters of my work-in-progress have taken me forever to draft, and I’ve got three short story ideas singing like sirens and luring me toward the sharp rocks where novels go to die. Add to this my latest distraction:

Judith Adam’s adaptation of Ursula Le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness on BBC Radio 4 is fabulous! I often listen to short stories online, but this is the first time I’ve listened to a novel in installments in a long, long time. I first found LHD in the Rolla Public Library when I was 10, and it was just too much for me. It went back to the library when we returned to town, and I somehow never got around to checking it out again even though I raced through the The Earthsea Trilogy just a year or two later. If I’m distracted, you should be, too. Go. Listen to it. Read it. There are worse ways to procrastinate than catching up on the classics you’ve missed.

Ursula Le Guin honored for her contribution to American letters

Did you hear Ursula Le Guin’s acceptance speech at the 2014 National Book Awards last night? She’s so inspiring. She gives a shout out to science fiction writers and points out that their works have been ignored for too long by many awards programs. She aims a pen (or maybe a sword) at the commodification of writing and publishing, and she asks writers to think about their role in demanding fair compensation for their work without forsaking their freedom.