This semester is still kicking my ass, but thanks to a couple breaks it hasn’t been quite as bad. I had a paper due Friday for the honors proseminar I’m taking, and our teacher was kind enough to move that back to Monday. Next week, we’re doing less than a hundred pages of reading for this same class. (Lately, we’ve been doing upwards of 300).
I do still have a presentation due for my Fiction Writing Seminar this week, but once that’s done, I’m two presentations down of the three I have to do this year. Next week I get workshopped for the same class, and after that I don’t have to write anything new except for the requisite weekly stuff.
(It’s kind of weird to be getting done with all this stuff so early in the semester.)
We have a band concert two weeks from today, and then I’ll only have one more concert left to prep for this semester. Not to mention this week, I shall finally accomplish two tasks I’ve been meaning to do since the semester started, practically. One of these is finally getting a class added that I’ve been attending all semester, but which overlaps with something else I’m taking. And so help me God I’m going to meet with that professor this week to talk about a thesis for next year.
(There’s plenty more school stuff to remark on, but that’s the significant parts.)
Now for the writing. I’m still quite stalled on "The Lost," but my gun anthology finally came in so I’ve been doing some editing for "The Recruited." I’m on chapter five, but trying to take my time because this is–hopefully–the last draft before I query. And speaking of queries, guess whose is only one correction away from being fixed?
I’m thinking once that’s done, I’m finally going to get on writing a synopsis that doesn’t suck. Then I’ll be taking out a month or two long subscription to Publisher’s Marketplace so I can research the agents I’m querying more thoroughly. I hate to spend the money, but that will be the most necessary thing I spend money on this year, I have a feeling.
On the "Back to Roots" front, I had the first two revised chapters workshopped, and got a ton of great feedback. I’ve completed chapter three, am almost done with chapter four, and will be having those workshopped too, once my turn comes around again.
Random sidenote: I also started writing a completely unrelated short story based off a dream I had. The dream was freaky. Hopefully the story doesn’t turn out that way. I’m thinking I might submit it to be workshopped for the seminar, depending upon how it turns out. Thoughts?