Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Completed Rough Draft

In 33 hours I went from idea to 9-page rough draft. I'm actually pretty happy with it. Especially considering that this was not the story I was planning on writing. Whoops. :-P

Next week I'll find out what other people think of it.

Monday, October 26, 2009

New Story

So, about that using my old story? Not right now.

I was half asleep and my brain just solved the puzzle of how to begin a story using a new idea I've been mulling over for several days.

So much for sleeping. I actually just said out loud, "Okay brain, you win. Let's do it." And as soon as I finish this I am switching over to Microsoft Word to begin typing it out.

Onward into my imagination!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Old Work, New Me

I am working on a story for my senior seminar class right now, and for this I'm trying to use a story from a writing workshop class I took a year ago. This particular story was written in September '08, and re-reading it/re-writing it now is giving me an acute appreciation for just how far I have come in that one year. My ability to self-edit is also greatly improved.

The art of writing is the art of re-writing, goes the old axiom of the field. And I must say that in the act of re-writing this I am able to observe within myself a certain ability to acknowledge the weaknesses of my writing without feeling diminished by them. It's quite nice.

I'm not sure how this story will come out, if I'll want to keep it or not, but I'm giving it a chance, at least for now. We'll see how this goes. If it fails, then I have a list of story ideas to explore.

On a related note, I have decided that this journal will be for my writing-related thoughts and life. My professional blog, if you will. My personal life shall continue to be chronicled elsewhere.

I also bought a new reference book yesterday. It's about the history of werewolves and shapeshifters throughout human history. I'd seen it before but always passed it by as too drab or cursory to be worth my time, but when I started leafing through it I was pleasantly surprised. Once I'm done with school perhaps I'll read it.

Oh, and today I bought a book about how to write short stories. It seems to be a theory-based book, almost a textbook. Very interesting. At the very least worth the $1 I spent on it. Gotta love used book sales on campus.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

First Post

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Greetings to any and all who stumble upon or into my madness. It is my sad duty to report to you that there are no maps of this territory and once you succumb to my madness there is little hope or chance of escape, and no one has ever been rescued.

I am not sure what I'm going to use this blog for, as I have a LiveJournal as well that gets most of my blogging attention. I may just cross-post, but I may use each separately with only some overlap.

At any rate, I am here now.

I went with some friends to watch the meteor shower last night, and had several hours of enjoyment laying on my sleeping bag, looking up at the sky as I waited for it to burn. Good friends and great laughter made the night enjoyable and memorable, and hopefully photos will follow.

Later today, I get to meet Andrew Klavan!