My poor website has been neglected. Fall semester classes are winding down. I have finals in two weeks, which means a lot of cramming in the meantime. I have learned so much this semester, but it isn’t showing here at the home site.
My craft class with Bruce Holland Rogers has been AMAZING! My two favorite books studied this semester were Character & Viewpoint by Orson Scott Card and Creating Short Fiction by Damon Knight. Both have been extremely helpful in pointing out the flaws in my own writing.
I have also been work shopping a novel this semester. My goal for the semester was to finish a complete draft of the novel, but after work shopping the beginning I ended up making so many changes that I couldn’t keep writing the end. I have now rewritten the beginning, and I have a much better handle on where the book is going. It frustrates me not to have a complete working draft, so that is my goal for the rest of the year. Finish the book.
What I need most right now is time to write. All this reading has been helpful. I see how I can improve, but mostly I need more hours in front of the screen pounding the keys. That has been frustrating for me the past few months. I NEED to write, but I am obligated to do the reading, and I confess I’m a slow reader.
I will be blogging through the month of December, then I’ll probably be absent for a while. Next semester I am taking a heavier load with lots and lots of reading. While I am excited about the books we are studying, it will mean less time online.
HOWEVER, I have an exciting announcement. Painted Blind is getting a new look. I’ll tell you all about it soon!