Log in

No account? Create an account

Previous Entry | Next Entry

College writing

After talking to the professor yesterday, I decided I'd take a quick stab at writing something non-genre. Something a bit more historical, featuring man's struggle with himself, others and being put into a position where decisions were limited and life-threatening.

And damned if it isn't starting to sound like a Bogey movie or three. I've set the story in Monaco in 1941, when it was under the control of Vichy France. wishweaver read through the first eight pages this evening and before she reached page three, she was already humming "As Time Goes By". Still, there are worse things to compare a novel against than Casablanca or a good Hemingway short story or even a good Hitchcock movie (although it did take place a few years after the war).

I did get on a bit of roll though, knocking out 3,162 words or the first ten pages. This one is going to be accounted for a tad differently, since I have to submit 50 pages, not X amount of words. I don't have a hard or fast schedule for this one outside of the fact I have to have it done by January, 2009. I expect it'll be a few thousand here, a few thousand there, although I do need to allow for editing time to polish it up.

What can I say? I'm a sucker for the classics.

Words for Today

3162 / 1000 words. 316%

Progress on Black Satin Nights

10 / 50 pages. 20%

Words for 2008

111874 / 366000 words. 31%


( 7 howls — Howl with the Pack )
Apr. 10th, 2008 08:17 am (UTC)
And your work is paying for this?
Apr. 11th, 2008 12:06 am (UTC)
Re: And your work is paying for this?
Yeah, one of my benefits is $5,000 a year for training. Most of the people I work with spend this on various computer training to keep up-to-date on the latest languages or certifications.

Me? I'm a tech writer and they want me to get a masters (so they can charge the government more for my services . . . nach). Now, some of my mentors have been pushing for me to get an MBA, but that usually only leads to spasms of laughter from me. Hey, an MFA in Creative Writing would make more sense anyway. It's not like most business proposals have any basis in reality anyway *evil grin*
Apr. 11th, 2008 09:27 am (UTC)
Re: And your work is paying for this?
Um... you jammy [expletive deleted]!

That said, I'll be interested to know whether you think it's any use. My crit group has had the odd Creative Writing Graduate through.

Such graduates seem good at creative arm waving, but had no grasp of technical basics like POV and limited 3rd - and I don't mean that they chose to ignore conventional wisdom for good artistic reasons, rather that nobody had explained such things to them. It seemed to me that buying a copy of Dwight Swain would be better value for money.

That said, it *should* be possible to create a course with useful content. And, if you need a Masters anyway and somebody else is paying for it...
Apr. 11th, 2008 09:10 pm (UTC)
Re: And your work is paying for this?
Well, I think my age and experience are going to set me aside from the majority of my classmates, which hopefully will minimize the "arm waving" side affects.

I'm excited about the U of Baltimore's program because it's the most flexible. While John Hopkins would carry more "weight", it's also a hell of a lot more expensive ($3500 a class).

There are three main reasons I'm considering pursuing this:
1) My company really wants me to get a Masters.
2) I can do some teaching at the local community college if I get this.
3) *this is the part that weirds people out* - I like going to school. I like being challenged and learning new stuff. *I know, my daughter thinks I'm a nut.*

Edited at 2008-04-11 09:11 pm (UTC)
Apr. 11th, 2008 10:41 pm (UTC)
Re: And your work is paying for this?
#2 Wooo.
Apr. 12th, 2008 04:16 am (UTC)
Re: And your work is paying for this?
Not quite sure if you're being sarcastic or not.

Either way, I've always thought about being a teacher.

I was going for my masters in History with the goal of teaching college after I finished school. (I think the pre-law was more for my parent's sake than my own interests.)

I loved my stints as a substitute teacher before I joined the Army. Third graders rock.

I taught for 3.5 years in the army as an instructor at a training base on the podium. Course, as an NCO, I was expected to be ready to conduct "hip pocket" training at a moment's notice on various military subjects. I also had to help train my first group of "trainees" when I was a brand new sergeant (pinned on the rank at 0900, was assigned 20 privates right out of basic at 1000.)

I think it would be a lot of fun to be an adjunct faculty member at the local community college. Lord knows, I could probably teach the SF class there better than the professor did when I took it. Maybe that's just a little bit of hubris, but if nothing else, I think I could control the class a touch better. *sigh*
Apr. 12th, 2008 08:48 am (UTC)
Re: And your work is paying for this?
No, that was a genuine "Woo". I too find teaching rewarding. In the very long term... well, our local university runs evening classes. Anybody with credentials can propose one. When I have credentials, something on plotting your novel, i think, might be fun.
( 7 howls — Howl with the Pack )

Latest Month

March 2017


Powered by LiveJournal.com
Designed by Paulina Bozek