A short story is often treated like a stepping stone that grad students and lesser writers use to build their skills. Tell someone you wrote a book and you get congratulations; tell them you wrote a collection of short stories and they’ll ask you how your book is coming along. For most people, short stories
I was about two pages into Because You Have To: A Writing Life by Joan Frank when the following three sentences gave me pause- A teaching mentor during a MFA program once wrote to me, in calm response to my own bewildered longing for time: “One has plenty of opportunities during the day to write.”
Ah, pregnancy. Between growing a tiny human, work, class and trying to make Jethro do the dishes more than once a week (I mean, REALLY, son?) my second trimester was busy. And fun, though I wish I’d realized how fun it was at the time. Seriously, I could be 6 months pregnant for the rest
Aside from a brief moment of panic when I realized I had no idea where my class was (my iPhone can do all sorts of amazing things except access the ONE site where I can look up class info…) class was great! It’s a class on creativity throughout the ages and since it’s being taught by a playwright/poet who is a photographer and painter, I think we’re in good hands.
I’m still making tiny updates to the blog, but I wanted to point out one you may not have noticed. The cute little icon next to the title? Now don’t click it now because-
…you clicked it didn’t you.
As I was saying, don’t click it now because I’m still categorizing the posts. However, eventually those icons will link to other post formats that are similar to the post you’re reading; i.e. video, quotes, status, blah blah blah. Tags and categories still work, but this is a fun extra. And we like fun.
And now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to go have a fight with a scanner at work that seems to want to jam every ten seconds.
I mean, this thing has one job to do, ONE; and it just decides that it doesn’t feel like doing it and needs to keep me from doing MY job?? Really? REALLY?? EAT THE PAPER, YOU STUPID MACHINE!!!
I have class tonight. And I’m sort of terrified. As usual. I’m currently getting my Master of Liberal Studies (with an emphasis on creative writing) and although I love it, I haven’t given it as much attention as I need to. I haven’t taken as many classes as I should. I haven’t applied myself the
Good LORD, there are a lot of your readers out there. I’m going to compile the suggestions into one post (eventually), but since so many people kept talking about being a part of GoodReads, I figured it was time to update my profile and let y’all friend me. (I joined in 2007!) You can find me under
Take a look, it’s in a book, a reading rainbow… Let’s talk books! I am a reader. I always have been. If I don’t have something to read, I get twitchy. Growing up, my parents always refused my demands for candy or toys, but I always knew I could get something to read if I
Alrighty, we are ready for our July go-round of Pen Pals! Everyone who is participating will have gotten their person by now; you won’t be writing to the same person you’re getting a letter to, so you’ll make two new friends! (and if you wanted to participate but forgot, sorry! We’ll get you next time…) I