September 16th, 2007

Caillebotte - Rainy Day

Not enough time, but plenty of inspiration

I've been so quiet lately because I've been spending most of my computer time writing, or visiting TheNextBigWriter to engage in writing workshop behavior, of a limited online sort. At first I didn't like the site, because it was time-consuming to find and review work by other people, which you have to do in order to post your own stuff; and then the reviews I got were sometimes not very useful--stuff like "This is really good writing; I don't see anything that needs fixing." Yes, it's nice to hear that, but I know it couldn't be true at the professional level, or I'd already have an agent, so I really craved people telling me what to fix.

Luckily, I soon got other reviewers who did just that, and by the time they had followed me through to the middle of the book they were even saying, "Hey! I liked this character until just now. What the hell did she do that for? She wouldn't act that way. It doesn't make sense." And they were right. So that was awesome, and was worth the price of registration right there. (Which is only $40/year.) I've even found some stories I genuinely like, and have gotten slightly worked up trying to explain to the writer why I think a certain change would do wonders for the work. Again, that's a very good sign. Being obsessed with writing is where I want to be.

Unfortunately I don't have a lot of time for that, and if I make time for it, I have to shave time off other activities. Which is why you haven't heard from me too much. But I haven't forgotten about you guys, and in any case I (for some reason) have a permanent account here, so I imagine I'll have heavy LJ phases again before long.

In the meantime, if you want to get writing reviewed and/or find me over at TheNextBigWriter, my username there is the same as it is here.

Yah. Have a good rainy Sunday! (Our rain is back in Seattle. I am happy.)