Friday, January 3, 2014

Yes, I'm still writing-- just not in my blog.

As anyone who has been reading my blog over the years knows, I've really dropped the ball on keeping this thing updated recently. I've also gone back and forth with whether or not I should shut this blog down completely -- my opinion on that changes daily, though I'm not sure I could ever officially part with it.

That being said, I promise you I have been writing. In fact, I probably write more than I ever did before, only the things I write are for school or for my memoir or are in the form of poetry.

I've been getting into poetry recently, thanks to a professor I've become quite close to. I once thought poetry was cheesy and lame, but now I realize I was just ignorant to the subject. Dr. Walker encouraged me to take one of her poetry classes, so I did. Shortly after doing so, I realized I'm not half bad. I also realized it's therapeutic and it helps me to be a better writer in general. I love it. I really do. And since I began, I've had a few poems selected for publication in different journals in the state. Once the publications are out, if I'm not too embarrassed (I get shy with my poetry for some reason) I'll have to share.

As for the memoir, I have a lot written, but I have four solid rough chapters that I feel are actually viable. In fact, to my complete and utter surprise, the first chapter was recently selected as a finalist, one of ten overall finalists in the non-fiction category, for the Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards. I was invited to a Masters Workshop that only 50 people get to attend. It may not be first prize, or third for that matter, but  it's better than "You Suck!" I'll take it. Though, upon re-reading the chapter again, the grammatical errors truly make me wonder what the judges saw in it. Then again, I'm harder on myself than anyone else is. They must have liked something in it to ignore my lack of understanding of comma placement. So, I'll take it.

I'm going to be continuing to write my memoir in a Creative Non-Fiction class next semester. If I can push out four more chapters, I'll have a small book. That would be pretty awesome.

Speaking of books, Andrew is writing one about his walk across America and has recently gotten a book deal. It should be coming out some time in 2015. Be looking out for that, because he is a beautiful writer with a beautiful story. Here is his blog as well: Walking to Listen

Another book to look out for: My professor for Creative Non-Fiction is Jesmyn Ward whom just published her third book and first memoir, Men We Reaped. I read it over the winter break and was pretty blown away. It's often sad, but it's a glimpse into a life I would have never known otherwise. I encourage anyone reading this post to check her books out.

News not involving book pitches:

This semester I'm beginning an internship as a student editor at a local publishing agency. I'm also going to begin getting ready for research I'll be doing this summer. The research will combine literature, sociology, and widows. I can't wait. I'm also on the Fiction and Non-Fiction board of our literary arts journal, and was just asked to take the Poetry Editor position as well.

I never, ever would have guessed I would be doing this -- learning to become a writer and editor and researcher. But, my god, I love it. It makes me wonder how I never saw it in myself before. If only I had...

Well, I'm going to try to update the blog more despite the workload. I need to be keeping a journal. It's a good habit to have.

3 words of wisdom:

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Inasmuch as I have enjoyed reading your work and miss you blogging here, I think of you living your best life with the same spirit you brought into your lifetime with Cleve. I'm (and I suspect many readers here are) hardly surprised at your ongoing discoveries and successes -- you really know how to string sentences together. Congratulations on your "wins", I think you'll discover as you go that as long as you bring the same integrity and honesty to your writing and storytelling in any format, you will receive praise.

And the good news is that writers are not supposed to be editors, which means that, while we all want to produce error-free work, you aren't the one who has to catch all the little errors when you get published. Ultimately, you get to stare someone else down if your work gets published with errors in it! (Long live excellent editors!)

I'm so glad you're hanging in there and doing well with your studies, creations, and your life in general. I can't wait to read your book!

Rachel said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I hope you keep the blog! You're an awesome writer and I've read for a long time, jus never commented.

Semper-Me said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I totally agree with you as far as still writing but not on the blog, I haven't forgotten about mine but I am in the middle of writing a book of my own and trying to keep myself busy and relaxed/content =)

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