It’s been awhile since I’ve done a purely update-y post, so I figured I’d dedicate some of my free time today to kicking one out. I’ve really jumped in to the swing of this last semester here at my college, which has put a decided strain on my writing work. Most of my free time has been used for editing my undergraduate thesis, and a lot of the critical feedback that I used to get on my in-progress pieces has virtually disappeared as I have less and less time to dedicate to going to workshops and the like in the wake of my three jobs and five classes.
Which isn’t to say that I’ve halted production, or anything. Just that it’s slowed down a bit. Regardless of my otherwise hectic life, I’ve been continuing the build up of my writing portfolio. During class, after class, waiting for my assignments to download, I’ve been challenging myself to write more and more short stories that are entirely disassociated with the ‘Once Upon a Reality’ series. After finishing To Dwell in Dreams, I’ve found that I’m beginning to lose some of my enthusiasm for the project. I don’t hate it, and I definitely want to take the project all the way to the series’ conclusion… but I find it personally exhausting when I limit myself to one goal for my writing, rather than allowing myself to simply write and see what kind of meaning can come out of that. So to rid myself of the slump, I’ve put off beginning The Thing About Apples, possibly until we have a set schedule for when/how To Dwell in Dreams will be published.
To that end, I’m focusing on short stories- I’ve finished the first draft of Good Women and am hoping to get that edited and revised in time to at least submit it to eLectio publishing’s short works contest. The short stories I’ve been working on are very much along the same vein as ‘Wanakufa’ and ‘He Who Wrestles With God’ are. That is, slice-of-life fictional memoir type pieces that tend to focus on crisis’ or challenging of one’s faith in both a higher purpose and one’s self, and the meaning of relationships between selves. For every four of those kinds of stories that I write, I feel only one or two are really fit for publication- but I feel like I won’t even get to the ‘worth publication’ stories if I don’t keep just writing and revising, etc. So we’ll see if anything comes out of this ‘break’ period- if nothing else, the practice with varying types of characters and dialogue and point of view will be refreshing and valuable.
As for the fun things that have happened lately- I’m now 21! I got to have my first legal drink with my friends at the Bookbar, which is a local bookstore and wine lounge that carries my book. It was really fun to be able to drink my wine like a big girl while at the same time pointing to my physical first book on a shelf surrounded by some of the people that I love and enjoy most. Also fun to note- I wore the same dress for my twenty-first that I wore for my sweet sixteen. It’s fun to note that, even with everything seemingly changing and rearranging around me in this past and coming year- the book, the impending graduation, and many other more personal firsts and changes- there are still some things that don’t ever seem to change!
Look forward to the release of my next short story this upcoming Sunday from Hirschworth online magazine- I’ll be sure to post a link. It’s worth noting that this piece of my work is entirely free to read- so if you’ve been wanting to try out reading my stuff before, but haven’t wanted to spend the dough to do so, you’ll get your chance this week! Can’t wait to see what you all think of it!