Hey there, interworlds! It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted on my blog… sorry about that! My second year of teaching completed, I’ve been diving head-first into summer and am back at tackling my literary goals. First up, a neeeeeeew short story!
That’s right, folks. I’m working on a new piece that was inspired by a March daily writing prompt courtesy of Writer’s Write — I believe it was March 13th, to be precise. That day’s prompt was “Page 42.” This prompt, for one reason or another, got my muse’s cogs turning and I’ve since been working on a piece with that title. I’m about 17 pages in, and anticipate it to be 50-80 pages in total. I’m planning on *gasp* publishing it on Amazon once it’s completed. I have ambivalent feelings about it, but I think that will be the best thing for my short story. Maybe I’ll coerce my students to buy it and read it. They love me. They’ll do it. *wink* Then who knows? Maybe it’ll pick up steam! All I can do is dream and try, right?
My second year of teaching was a success, to say the least, and now that I won’t have another curriculum to develop from scratch I have a feeling that I’ll have a lot more balance in my life. Especially if I work on tweaking my material now, during summer… that is, if I can stop playing Mass Effect and looking up ramen recipes online (This one is my current fav). My self-discipline could use a little work. Good news is, I realized something. Well, re-realized something. A valuable life lesson. It’s that old saying that goes, “Sing like no one’s listening, dance like no one’s watching,” etc. I saw a version that said, “Write like no one’s reading, because reality.” Ha! Though one could take that and be disheartened, I see it as encouragement. One of my biggest obstacles as a writer are the self-defeating thoughts like, “Is this any good? Should I even bother?” But let’s be real: How many people are actually going to read what I write? Probably next to none. But if a lot do, then rock on! It must be pretty f***ing awesome, right? Or not. Love me or hate me. Either way, at that point I won’t give a crap. I know this is basically reiterating my first post, but too bad. Sorry I’m not sorry.
A buddy of mine blogs almost every day, which is really inspiring, because he acknowledges that most of it is probably word vomit. But guess what? He does it anyway, damn it. That’s dedication to your craft, right there! I’m back, I’m motivated, and I’ve got a lot of creative ideas swimming through my brain that I’m now taking the time to combine with my writing talent and create some truly awesome pieces. Page 42 really has me excited. I can’t wait to share it with the world. What’s it about, you ask? You’ll have to wait and see!
I believe I’ve fully purged my system. Thanks for being my digital toilet. I promise I’ll be back soon. Claire out!