Wednesday, July 29, 2009

I can't believe it's been a week already

I've joined my first ever online critque group which is going to be so fun. I used to love critiques in college. I think it's the narcissist in me that gets pleasure out of someone reading something that I wrote. I'm due to submit on the 15th (or possibly before), so this means I have to buckle down and get writing. The story I'm workshopping is ... East Water. Yes. Again.

I wasn't too happy with the last draft. I thought it was good, but I thought it could be better. I'm actually not sure if East Water can ever be exactly what I want it to be. The story seems too massive for the bindings of a book. I'm hoping that I can maybe write it so that it can be an ongoing series, but I'm not sure the story justifies that either. I suppose we'll see where it goes in the critique group.

I had a dream the other night where this plot bunny came into my head. I took that plot bunny and ran with it, so now I'm in the midst of writing another young adult book about a vocal pop group. No really. I'm already a little too in love with it. I'll keep you guys updated on that.

I added a short story to my Writer's Cafe page if you guys want to check that out. It's under the "writings" section of my site. I meant to add more of these old short stories that I wrote, but I'm having a very hard time finding some of them! Talk about the ultimate nightmare. I've been thinking a lot about certain stories that I *know* I wrote, but they are nowhere to be found on my laptop. I'm starting to get paranoid.

Anyway, the short story I added is one that I wrote for an online fiction challenge years ago. I was experimenting with writing a story that used no dialogue whatsoever. This was an exercise for me because dialogue is like my crack, so I tend to rely on it a bit too much. This short story probably highlights why I should never write a story without dialogue again. :[

I guess at the end of each update I can put what I'm reading. Currently I'm reading The Tortilla Curtain by my former 'SC prof, T.C. Boyle. This is something I probably should've read ages ago. Better late than never right?

Until next time!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Once a week. Promise.

I've set a new goal for myself. Let's see if I keep it.

So on my many adventures this year, I was able to do a road trip around the country with my friend, Edie. We were gone for a month, and what we both discovered was that we could do this again, and for a longer period of time. It was absolutely amazing.

I should've kept a blog during the journey, but realistically, there's no way I could've updated from the road that often. When we weren't driving, we were sleeping, and when we weren't sleeping, we were falling in love with all the amazing sights that our country has to offer. There are some beautiful things here, but there are also some really weird things.

I took so many pictures, and there's no way I could put them all here, but I will share one. At some point, I'll put the best ones on the Flickr. It's hard to pick just one to share, but I picked this one because one day I want to live on the beach, maybe this beach, and this is what I want to see in my backyard.

Big Sur, California

Isn't that gorgeous? I love being in places where I feel like I'm in an RPG video game, and this definitely fit the bill. I just wanted to explore and climb the rocks and swim in the water. I didn't get to unfortunately. By the time we had arrived, the sun was going down. What's most amusing is that in order to get to this beach, you had to drive down a one-way, narrow winding road that curved down the mountain. It was precarious, but extremely well worth it.

I'll be adding some stuff to the website this week, possibly even today. I'm going to add some more short stories and pictures, so check back!