Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Midterms and Muses
While many of the A to Z Challenge crowd relaxed this last weekend, I was busy preparing for my midterm at school. School? Did I say school? Right now I am questioning what I am doing back at school at my age. Do I have some kind of perverse wish to torture myself until I can no longer sit at a desk and write? No, the real reason is that I want to learn about writing. And what better way than to expose myself to other writers.
So right now, I'm exposing myself by reading my writing in front of other writers and allowing it to be critiqued by those same writers. It's definitely a hair-raising experience (as you can see by my photo, lol!) and I don't recommend it for the faint hearted. But I do recommend it for all real writers who are serious about improving their work. Give it a try and experience the exhiliration of pure panic.
At the same time as midterms, I'm also waiting for my novella Medieval Muse to come back from being edited. After that, I will do the last clean up on it and format it for release on Smashwords. My projected release date is August 1st. But that's not all I'm working on at this time. I'm preparing my series The MacKenzie Chronicles. It is in the re-write stage and preparing to be sent to the editor. Plus I'm still pounding out my story for class, The Chameleon Effect, which I gave you a taste of on Tuesday. This all adds up to a lot of writing time, which I seem to be doing more and more of. If anyone discovers how to add that extra hour into the day, let me know!
What are you working on? And you artists out there, what paintings are you creating? Are you having a hair-raising experience? Let's hear about it!