The Roundup: 1/26/18

January 26th, 2018
Word Count: 1,000+
Projects: “the face,” or “pet names” (a short story) I haven’t decided on a title.
Notes: Today I really got into this new, experimental story. I’m about 1,600 words in, and it’s becoming clear to me that this tale is a tragedy. I’m writing this story to observe a conflict, and like a lot of literary fiction, I don’t aim to solve it entirely, as the confliction stemming from abuse, mistreatment, incest, and trauma creates an atmosphere that makes the idea of a resolution a silly concept. Baby steps, however, are a victory unto themselves.
Reading: As I said yesterday, I probably wouldn’t read, and I didn’t. But, today is a getting-my-shit-together day, and I got my eye on Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang.

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The Roundup: 1/25/18

January 25th, 2018
Word Count: 500+
Projects: “the face” (a short story)
Notes: I started a new, experimental short story today that’s a huge divergence from the science fiction piece I finished the first draft of yesterday. I’ve fallen in love with the project, and that’s something that must happen for me when I write. It’s necessary for me to be in love with the story. If I’m truly in love with it, I’ll fight for it, and by virtue I’ll create the highest quality fiction I can. The story’s based on my observations in a local pet store, which after visiting a few weeks ago I jotted down some notes about the pet store as a setting and some people I’d met there, and after visiting the pet store again today my creativity was truly ignited. Hopefully, this literary piece will pull my head out of the science fictional universe I created with my last story. So that next week, when I come back to it to rewrite and polish, I can see it with a reader’s eyes, as opposed to the eyes of its writer.
Reading: I wrote yesterday’s roundup before I actually did my daily reading, and I lied. I didn’t read anything yesterday, which I admit to you here today with great shame. Today, however, I plan on starting the Ray Bradbury reading challenge I mentioned earlier, but it seems unlikely. I’m very tired. And ashamed.

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The Roundup: 1/24/18

January 24th, 2018
Wordcount: 1,000+
Projects: “In the Trenches” (a novelette), and “The Right Words” (a mini-lesson you can find here).
Notes: It’s my tenth day working on In the Trenches, and I’ve finally finished the first draft. Tomorrow I’ll start on another story set in the same science fiction universe. I also finished up a mini-lesson I’m posting in Strip Mining the Muse as a guideline for what kind of mini-lessons I’m looking for in the newsletter. Feel free to check it out by clicking the link above.
Reading: Nancy Kress’ two fantastic books on writing, Beginnings, Middles, & Ends, and Characters, Emotion, & Viewpoint are constantly on my desk, and I read from them daily. Along with that, today is my first day trying out Ray Bradbury’s suggestion to read 1 short story, 1 essay, and 1 poem every day for a thousand days, and I’ll start that journey with Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang. Popular Science magazine for the essay, and a book of Shakespeare for the poem.

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