My college classes start back in three weeks. A few weeks ago in a moment of either panic or common sense, I dropped my fiction workshop and signed up for a creative non-fiction workshop instead.
I haven't worked on my historical fiction for about a month. The class is kind of pricey, and I didn't want to waste it getting feedback on work that wasn't close. I didn't want the fun to be sucked out of writing. I don't think I dropped it out of fear of failure - I'm one of those people that will get an A no matter what it takes; but I was worried about what it would take. I was feeling like my life force was sucked dry already - yes, that metaphor assumes our life forces are liquid . . . that's possible, right?
I think the creative non-fiction class will be relatively easy for me and not that much unlike blogging (I could be dead wrong, in which case I will drop the class immediately). My expectation is it won't feel like work. I have a vision of what I want to write and intend to use this blog to write bits and pieces and basically string the posts together for class. If nothing else, I can test out the content on you all.
The bonus for you is my posts for the next 20 weeks should be less Me, Me, Me! (not unlike this one) and more about something of sustenance.
So my class schedule was set, and I was still feeling bad physically - zero energy 24/7. Then I got some amazing blood pressure pills and instantly felt like myself again.
By myself I mean twenty years younger than I was feeling and back to the tightly wound, high-energy, goal-oriented, somewhat compulsive person that makes for a good writer but strikes fear into my husband's heart because if I have a to-do list for myself, I have one for him too. Sorry, honey.
Once I got my energy back and dove back into my WIP, taking the fiction workshop in addition to the creative non-fiction workshop didn't seem like a terrible idea (except for the cost). So I'm signed up for both. Yikes, right? But I think if I walk in with the right mindset - that I'm there to learn - it will be a great experience. Plus, I've decided to bring in my older WIPs, the ones that are done but not completely polished rather than using the class to finish my historical fiction.
The bonus is I only have to present my work about every four weeks for each class - the downside is I have to read and critique everyone else's work every week for each class. It pains me to write this, but some graduate students don't know where the commas go. And some don't have a filter on the content if you know what I mean.
The bottom line is I think I'm back to the place where I can resume blogging (both writing and reading/commenting) and have some ideas for interesting content. I just need to figure out a schedule for reading posts - probably evenings and weekend. Thanks for hanging in there with me.