Okay – class(es) are in full swing. I think taking the writing class and the anthro class that P wanted to take online MIGHT have been biting off more than I can chew. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the writing class. So fun and interesting and I’m really learning a lot. I fear that my interest in writing and the writing class have overshadowed the Anthro class. I’m trying to keep up – but if I don’t get my homework done with P then I fall really far behind. And – since it is a real college course, they have a lot of homework.
Sigh. I wish I had enough energy for both. It is fun taking a class with P. With NANO and launch around the corner, something will have to give.
That said – still on a reading tear. A little bit at a time, and still 5 books behind making my goal of 52 in 52. I have a quick flight tonight to LA and then back Sunday – on which I won’t be bringing my surface so no tv/movie distractions! I currently have 4 books rolling. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card) – I know, I know, controversy – Orson Scott – not a nice dude. But I can’t continue to have my scifi geek card if I don’t read this one), Dark Places by Gillian Flynn, A Memoir on Writing by Stephen King (recommended by my prof), and Strunk and White’s Element of Style (again, and this was recommended by Stephen King). The latter 3 are all actual books, the first is on my kindle. I’ll bring two with me on this trip so I can read during take off and landing too! 🙂 Let’s see if I can get through two in three days.
I just finished reading my favorite book of the year – Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. He wrote a magical, nerdy, nostalgic book about a geeky gamer who is trying to find the ultimate ‘easter egg’ (gaming term for a hidden code in a video game that gives the player a prize) within a massive open world/mmo video game and win a multibillion dollar fortune. All the 80’s references were AWESOME. And gave me an opportunity to reach out to the author and asked him how he obtained permission for all of the lyrics and other references in the book. It was insane. And written in first person – very fun. I have recommended it to about 20 people as required reading if you are in the gaming industry. 🙂
So on top of all this reading (to hone my ‘craft’ don’t you know…) I also am writing for class and getting ready for NanoWriMo starting November 1st. This week we got our first homework back – and the prof said after two additional days of lecture and learning that she wanted us all to rewrite our openings taking her feedback in mind. PHEW. Having read my piece out loud to P, I wanted to rewrite a bunch of things too. So that is our homework this week.
One of the things I love about class is that we write each week. She gives us a topic (week two – write an interview with your main character to learn more about him/her) and we write for about 20 minutes then she asks for volunteers to read out loud for critiques. She also taught us how to properly critique constructively and positively. This week’s writing exercise was to write about the catalyst (the point in the story where the ‘hero’ decides to go willingly or unwillingly on their ‘journey’ – think when Luke Skywalker first meets the droids and there is a message for ObiWan that needs to be delivered, then his farm and aunt/uncle are killed forcing him to go on this journey).
My story (for class anyway) has a willing hero going to college, so figuring out the catalyst has been challenging my brain a bit. In class this week, I wrote the below dialog to help determine what my catalyst is (the protagonist wants to go to college, but does she know where she wants to live yet? Having spent the past 8 years living on a studio lot, keeping her real identity a secret – would living amongst 50k students be a) overwhelming and/or b) ruin her cover? Anywhoo – I didn’t have enough time to finish the thought, but I DID volunteer to read out loud in class. My content is so simple and happy compared to the rest of the epic saga’s I wanted to get some feedback early. I did get some good feedback – none really negative though. This probably means that the story is SO simple they don’t know how to actually say that. ha!
Oh well – I’m having a good time.