Back to the Writing Board

ImageEven though my program doesn’t start until June I’ve started taking time off from work on Fridays to work on my writing. I picked up a few books that look really interesting. One is a tome called The Seven Basic Plots, which I thought was going to be a rather small book, but it’s a good 700 page read. I’m really looking forward to it because plot is where I tend to flounder. I have a decent time making good characters, and I can manage a plot up to a point, but I always reach a moment where I’m not sure where to go. So, I’m hoping this book will help me with enlighten me somewhere in it’s 700+ pages.

I also think that because I’ve been having a hard time coming up with content for multiple posts a week I will just have on large post on Fridays when I have the time and energy to think things through before I post. I’ll still try and post a quote or a new book I’m reading during the week, but it won’t be set in stone. I never had time to think of a good post every other day, and I felt like I had lost a bit of authenticity when it came to keeping my posts about literature.

Anyhow, I hope you all have a wonderful Friday to kick off your weekend!. 

Happy Reading!

Krauss’ The History of Love

First off, I’m upset that I can’t italicize the title of the book in the header, but oh well.

I finished this book a while ago, and it is a fantastic book. I certainly think that there is great range of breadth and depth to this book. Nicole Krauss does a phenomenal job of showing how love can mean so many different things to so many people.Image

I would really suggest that everyone at least takes a gander at reading this book. It’s not a quick read, or it may be for some, I just took my time with it, but it is worth waiting until the end to see how everything is brought together. The themes and images are moving, and I think that the characters are really well thought out and complex. The more complex the character is the better, and this book does not disappoint.

Anyway, I hope you all are having a lovely day, and I’m sorry that I haven’t been posting. I haven’t had anything good to say and I figured I was getting rather boring with my “dear diary” type posts. 🙂 

Nature is full …

Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity; so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand.
Henry David Thoreau

I found this quote to be very striking to me this afternoon.  I love Thoreau, and I think that he has certainly hit a chord of truth with this statement.

Have a great rest of your day, dear readers.

I’m still having computer issues, so I’ll try and resume regular postings on Tuesday.

I have “borrowed” my hubby’s keyboard while he’s returning movies to Redbox so that I can type this. I still don’t have a functioning keyboard, but it should be up and running by Tuesday.

I’ll try and get everything up and running by then.

On a side note, I play the game Pokemon and it borders on the obsessive. I have all of the game for all of the different formats, but I have had a sudden desire to play Yellow, which incidentally is still in Colorado. I love that game, and I was just wondering if any of you have had the sudden desire to go back and revisit an old game because of the memories you have of playing it.

I also read this fantastic book called Boy Proof by Cecil Castillucci. If you like coming of age stories, and tons of nerdy-ness then I would check this out. The main character is really well done.

That’s all. Hopefully I’ll post on Tuesday!

Computer issues

Sorry I didn’t post anything yesterday. I had issues with my computer and couldn’t do much.

Happy Friday!

I went with my hubby and we saw a Japanese garden a few days ago. It was really awesome because everything is starting to bloom. I’ll see if I can upload some pictures of the cherry blossom trees that we saw. I’m not really a flower person, but I love those trees.

Have a great morning.

Building a new computer

My laptop is having a hard time keeping up with some of the programs, so I’m learning how to build a cheap desktop. Apparently building it yourself is a lot cheaper than buying it fully assembled. Makes total sense, but I am a total fish out of water in this endeavor. That’s what a tech-savvy husband is for! I think this is more his pet project than mine, but I’m not going to complain.

I got the official letter of acceptance from Goddard, and that was super exciting. I have reserved my spot for the 8-day residency in Vermont and I can’t wait to go.

I hope you all had a great day. It’s nice and sunny, so I’m off for a run before it gets dark.

Happy Reading.

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Emerson is one of my favorite authors, and I think this quote reminds us that we all have a little spark of genius inside.

Friends are a blessing.

I have realized that more and more since we moved to Seattle. I talk to my family multiple times a week on the phone, but not being around them means that we’ve had to find other people to spend time with. I believe that a people make new families wherever they go when they move away from their blood family. That doesn’t mean that either family is more important than the other. It just means that when we grow up and move away from our families we need to find other important people that we can spend time with. 

I didn’t really understand this until a little while ago.  I love my Seattle family. The friends that I’ve made here I hope stay my friends for many years to come. They have helped me become a better person, and they have made me realize what kind of person I would like to become.

I was apprehensive about moving to Seattle because making new friends is not my best trait, but I am so lucky to have found the people I have. I feel that I am growing more mature everyday, and I am learning about what it means to be a good person, and hopefully a good friend in the process.

I got accepted to the Masters program!!

I am so excited! I didn’t want to say which school I applied to, but I the phone call from the Director of the program telling me congratulations. I will be attending Goddard College this summer if everything goes as planned.

I wasn’t sure if I would get in because it is one of the top five schools for this type of degree, so I am truly blessed to be going there.

I hope you all had a wonderful day, and I’ll talk to you on Thursday.

The AWP Conference

The conference for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs was in Seattle this year and I might not have known about it except that my professor from my undergrad was coming into town for it and told me to come.

I am very happy I did. I wasn’t able to attend everything because I got there on the last day and the tickets were rather expensive, but the book fair section of the conference was great. They had tons of booth with hundreds of different small time publishing companies. There were magazines there accepting submissions for their upcoming edition. They also had a plethora of colleges there promoting their low-residency MFA programs. I still haven’t heard from the program I’m currently trying to get accepted to, but I found at least three others that really seemed impressive. 

It was also nice to be around writers and people who just genuinely love books and writing. I haven’t had that kind of experience for a while and I certainly missed it. I think that we can all get bogged down in our day to day grind that we sometimes forget what makes us really passionate, and we may not forget it, but it can sometimes take a lower priority when work, bills, and life get in the way.

I resolved myself today and decided that I would move my writing back to the forefront of my daily tasks. Nothing unimportant in my life is going to burn to the ground if I let it take lesser priority than my writing. Walking around the book fair I knew that I wanted to be there with a purpose when I go to a future conference. In reality, it may take me a few years before I actually achieve that goal, but in the grand scheme of things a few years isn’t too bad, and I can’t wait to get back on track with my writing.

I hope you all are having a great start to your weekend!