Even though it’s just in Penn State’s literary magazine, I’m bragging. :] I just love seeing my name in print. Kalliope‘s release party was on Wednesday, complete with open mic and free copies of the magazine. I now have multiple copies of the book in my room to show everyone in my family! I’m really proud of this story; I wrote it last fall for my intro creative writing class, and it’s one of the few pieces I can look back on and not hate, as self-critical as that sounds.
But what can I say? I’m a writer. And writer=perfectionist.
Our speaker at the release party was a PSU grad who’s in a creative writing program at another university now. He read two short stories, and of course I have a compulsive urge to start new projects now. Things have been crazy with school lately, and the inspiration is sporadic at best. Hopefully this summer I’ll have some new stuff to post here.
Thanks for reading!
I haven’t updated this blog in forever, mainly because I save it for writing news…and i haven’t had any lately. But I’m taking an Intro. Creative Writing class this semester, and i just had my first short story of the class workshopped! It’s called The New Neighbor, and it was my fourth attempt at the assignment. I’m glad I wrote this one instead of trying to make one of the others fit the criteria…this piece felt natural and just flowed out of me. I wrote it in one sitting.
Long story short (no pun intended), I posted it under the short stories category on this site. I’d love feedback on it! I’ll try and update more often with some of my pieces from the class as well.
Lately, i’ve been writing my butt off. I write during my lunch break at work, after dinner, before bed…whenever i can find the chance. I’m attempting to finish one of my current projects before i go back to school so that, once i’m back, i can focus on editing it. My brain is also brimming with ideas for new projects that I’m excited to start, but i’m learning that it’s better to focus on one or two stories at a time.
I’m also learning the importance of outlines. Even a rough outline of just a scene is helpful. I’ve spent most of the past year writing blind (just typing out what i feel like), and i’ve realized that, while it might be productive in the moment, really leaves me with less of an idea of where the story is going as a whole. I’ve started carrying around a notebook with me and outlining scenes as i think of them. Just having a little bit of an anchor, an idea of where the scene is going, has been really helpful lately.
In other news, i have four queries sitting in various agents’ inboxes for Throwaways and a ton more to format and send. I’m having fun putting together the different packages each agency wants and sending them out. Hopefully someone connects with the story and wants to read more. *crosses fingers*
I’m thinking about putting up an excerpt from my newest project, Infinity (yes, it’s a novel-length version of the short story posted here). It’s still a very rough work in progress, but i’d love some opinions on it. As soon as i pick the right scene, i’ll stick it up here. :]