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Been a slow week so far

Not a lot to report to be honest. Basically been going to work, going to class and then sitting around the house writing and listening to iTunes.

The Seminar in Drama class was cancelled tonight. I have to knock out a 3-5 page paper by Thursday on Trick the Devil. Last week, we did The Importance of Being Earnest, which was a fun play and M.Butterfly, which was not a fun play. I was concerned where the conversation might go, but it turned into a really interesting discussion in class.

For some unsurprising reason, the professor and I have different remembrances of certain events in history but as with my Rhetoric professor, it's easier (and probably safer for my grade) to agree to disagree. *grin* I think it's safe to say that history taught on the East Coast in the 60s and 70s was somewhat different than that taught in the Mid-West during that same time period.

However, while talking to my Rhetoric professor before class last Monday, I found out we both have an interest in jazz and the blues. It was fun discussing something where I didn't feel I had to "watch what I said" around my professors.

Let's say, being a minority student is a learning experience.

My Literary Critique class is going fairly well. We finally moved out of the Neo-Marxists and are getting into New Criticism. This week's critical response was a lot easier for me to write than the last couple have been. Hopefully it'll do as well as the earlier ones. Also need to start developing my Research paper. I'm suggesting doing a critique on a critique of Dracula. The idea being finding a critique and then reviewing the critique based on a different school of critique theory. (Say a Marxist view of a feminist critique of Dracula), so I would do be able to review portions of the book from the Marxist view and also address where the feminist view coincided or conflicted with the Marxist viewpoint. Not 100% sure he'll buy off on it, but we'll see.


I finished the first draft of The Full Moon Affair today. It weighted in at 25,009 words. Now it's time to set it aside for a bit and let it rest while I start back on The Mountain of Night. Hopefully, I'll have the edits done on FMA by the summer and can start shopping it around. Not sure there's a ton of places that take novellas, but it can't hurt to look.

And at least it's out of my system. Unless I get a wild hair and decide to add some sub-plots and maybe more explosions/deaths/betrayals and turn it into a full-fledged novel.

Nah. Got enough novels waiting for their turns in the revision pipeline. No sense adding another one.



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Feb. 28th, 2012 06:13 am (UTC)
I know this isn't exactly related to your post, except by virtue of being writing themed, but do you know of how I could find a good (and cheap, given my finances) editor? I'm finally starting to knuckle down and write my original superhero fiction. I don't plan to really publish them professionally, but I still want them to be as good and polished as they can be. I have some friends of mine doing beta, but like me they're "just" amateur writers, and I'd appreciate a professional eye taking a look at them.

...couldn't talk you into it, could I? ;) Though I know you're busy.

Sorry to be so wildly off-topic.
Feb. 29th, 2012 03:10 am (UTC)
Don't know any "cheap" editors off the top of my head. However, you may want to investigate some of the writer's boards on the internet. Absolute Write has a very good set up called "Share Your Work". It's a place to post snippets of your work and get feedback on them.

However, they expect you to be an active member of the boards and to take your turn doing some beta reading/critiquing for others too. But there are a number of new and established writers who hang out there. You might want to give it a try. It's also got some very good writing programs and tips on agents, editors, publishers, etc.

I'd be happy to take a look at your stuff, but I probably won't be able to get to it until late May. I'm getting ready to start doing my major papers for this semester, so my writing time is likely to be squeezed pretty bad between now and then.

Give AW a look over. If you're still needing someone to review your stuff this summer, buzz me.
Feb. 29th, 2012 01:53 pm (UTC)
I appreciate the link, I'll definitely check it out. Thanks a ton!
Feb. 28th, 2012 09:16 am (UTC)
I enjoyed this kind of mental workout in my 20s, however by the end of Uni I was itching to put it all aside and write. How little did I know... there's this thing called Worldly Wisdom that you need first.
Feb. 29th, 2012 03:12 am (UTC)
Well, we just finished reviewing the New Historians school of literary criticism. I think I'm beginning to get over my headache. *grin*

I'm interested in the philosophers we're going over in class. Just still not convinced about the whole "canon of literature" and that every story needs to "be analyzed". Can't a story just be fun?
Feb. 29th, 2012 09:23 am (UTC)
I suppose we all have many hats. I - for e.g.- enjoy reading primary sources and pre-Modern literature.
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