Monday, February 24, 2014

10 Books Read, and Other Tales

Oh, yeah, you're probably wondering about the picture. I sprained my ankle last week. It rolled, which it does pretty often, and then I had to wear snowboots to get around and I worked with this ankle for two days (and I work retail, so I'm on my feet from anywhere from 4 to 9 hours when I work) before realizing that this was not like those other times when the ankle rolled. It did not go back to what passes as normal after two or three days. 

Saturday, February 15, 2014

NaNo '13: Completed & Special Features

So, as I posted last week or so, I finished the NaNo 2013 project. If you care to read it, here's a link to its home on GoogleDocs. Fair warning: it was uploaded so it might not save your place as you're reading. Also, the story has links within the text because I basically spent November watching far too many Broadway show vlogs on YouTube as "research."

While I was writing the story back in November, I also had a playlist on my iTunes. I tend to do a playlist with most of the stories I write. This is the one I assembled for this particular story:

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Happy 5th Birthday, Blog!

Today is this blog's fifth birthday. Hard to believe. It's in kindergarten now.

I try to mark every blog birthday a little differently. It's another year that I've kept writing.

This blog wasn't opened to the public until more than a year after I started it. In fact, it may have been two years after I started it.

It is genuinely bizarre to think that I started this just to post up a story I was writing and now it's a bit bigger; several projects and adventures later, and I feel like I have a cuddly little blogging and writing community around me now. (Hi guys!)

But honor of it being the fifth birthday, I give forth five top five lists for your perusal:

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Of Finished Outlines & Throwback Thursday

I finished the outline for my fourth draft. It is 66 pages long. Right now, I'm on a "I finished it" high, so I'm not being very objective, BUT I think it's a definite improvement over my third draft. There's a plot. There's a climax. There's an end.

Now I guess I have to write the damn thing. Actually, I don't think the writing will take too long, if only because it's a fourth draft. It's more a matter of a LOT of fine-tuning and tweaking and rewriting. And a lot of deletions of pointless but cute scenes. And a cut POV. And several cut or pared-down characters.

Also, I finished my NaNo '13 project. As in, the thing I swore I was going to leave hanging now has a decent ending. The characters cornered me in my sleep a couple of days ago and gave me the puppy face (Colin) and stink eye (Emma) until I gave them a couple of closure-ish scenes. So now they're done.

In preparation for this blog's 5th birthday, I played a wee bit with the layout. For any and all links to websites and blogs, check out the the new Interesting Websites & Resources page.

And finally...

I know it's just barely Thursday, but here's my contribution to #throwbackthursday.

Today was another miserable wintry day here in New York, which meant that I decided to organize my bookshelves. It was overdue. Anyway, inside a copy of The Iliad, which I've decided I no longer have need for, I found that pamphlet inside.

That's the first college assignment I had. My college did this thing--don't know if it still does--called the Common Reading and Viewing Experience. You're assigned a text before freshmen year officially begins. You (theoretically) read said text. You then watch a movie during orientation week that somehow ties in to the idea behind a couple of possible essay questions. You were then supposed to write said essay in your College Writing class.

That year, the text was The Iliad and the movie was The Fog of War. You probably can't read the notes. They say:thesis: The Iliad and The Fog of War illustrate that history is colored by the myths prevailing at the time of events. The identities within suffuse the history also. The further back in history these occur, the harder to separate myth and history become.And the second paragraph says: Iliad--historical fact blurred; considered a myth, but it is so famous that the identity of the characters within are known; gods are myth. Fog of War= historical fact from McNamara's point of view--mythic beliefs (domino theory, communism)I don't remember writing the essay though. I think I had to, being a Writing major.  

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Advanced Fiction Class

First of all, to call only the second semester of Fiction workshop class "Advanced" is hilarious. I took Advanced Fiction, a workshop class, the second semester of my freshmen year at Emerson College and unlike the rather gold-stars-for-everyone approach of Intro to Fiction, Advanced Fiction was a workout.

I still remember my professor, Ms. McLarin, a writer-in-residence at Emerson. At the time of our semester, she was getting a book published. I remember she showed us the mockups of potential book covers, which was so cool to a room of aspiring writers.

Here's what I remember about that class, nine years on (9 years?!). As much as you call it "Advanced Fiction" and as much as everyone in the room had been writing for years, we weren't all at the same level. I definitely felt lacking during discussions to certain references to books or authors or genres or writing mechanics.