Okay, so the song is really “Manic Monday” but I think I’m having a manic Wednesday. At least, that’s what it feels like at the moment. It didn’t start out this way but I’m starting to get that extra burst of energy and that feeling like I could take on the world. I know I can’t, but maybe I’ll just start with taking on my to-do list?
So what’s on this to-do list? Well, there’s a lot of homework. I may have technically graduated, but I still have classes until the end of August. It’s a weird feeling. For homework reading, I have a 40 page “novella” to read called The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad, a chapter on plotting to read from Master Class in Fiction Writing: Techniques from Austen, Hemingway, and Other Greats (I LOVE this textbook), and a short story called “Steal Small” by Caitlin Horrocks. Quite a bit of reading, eh? Then I have to write a discussion post for the week based on the short story and its plot, and respond to at least two others’ posts. And I have to write a fiction short story of no more than 1,500 words focusing on the plot.
I read this book a very long time ago when I first bought it but it’s been years and I think I need to re-read it. Basically, it teaches you to be on the lookout for good writing in the books that you read so that you can learn to write in similar ways.
Now, there are many awesome ways to write and this book isn’t another one of those how-to writing books that shows you one way and says “that’s it, that’s the only way to write.” This book teaches you to go out on your own and look for good writing and learn from it, which is exactly what we need to be doing.
Sorry I haven’t written in awhile. I got caught up in school, as well as in reading some rather fine books, and writing one (if I do say so myself *laugh*).
Writing on the still-as-yet-untitled novel is progressing slowly. I have started outlining in Scrivener now and I think that is going to take me awhile. I want a clear path from beginning to end through this book before I set pen to paper (or hands to keyboard, if you will) to write it. Writing on the novel will progress even slower come next Monday when my upcoming Intermediate Fiction Workshop class starts. Seven short stories written in eight weeks. Think I can do it? *wink*
So, this reading I’ve been up to…
I want to tell you a bit about it. Well, one in particular. It’s called By Proxy (Heart of Montana) by Katy Regnery. I actually won a copy of this novel in a giveaway by this author on her Facebook page. I was so excited to win it that I started reading it that night and to be honest, I couldn’t put it down! I finished it in two nights and I just had to stay up late to finish it. Sam and Jenny are so believable as characters and you really care about them. I wanted Jenny to go to Chicago as much as I wanted Meg Ryan to go to the top of the Empire State Building in Sleepless in Seattle! But, I won’t tell you how the book really turns out – you’ll just have to read it for yourself… *wink* So go, what are you waiting for? READ!