The biggest problem I’m having with this new website is that it’s SO easy to touch it up a little here and there and not get any writing done. What’s funny is that I’m not even making it look different, I’m just finding ways to make it look the same, but in a better way (i.e. make main images editable within WordPress using dynamic CSS). I’m not even planning on making it available for anyone else, but I still feel like I should code it in a way where it COULD be made available. Oh well, I suppose it’s fun, so I won’t complain.
I got some feedback from my friend (maybe just longtime acquaintance who I unearnedly felt confident enough to ask her to read my manuscript and give feedback, but I’d like to call her a friend, but I’d like to call everyone a friend. Hi everyone, I love you. Will you be my friend?) Andrea this week. I wanted to get her opinion because a lot of the books she reads are the same as a lot of books I read. As well. I’ve seen her post about them and she is insightful as all get out.
The feed back was positive, except saying I should run it through an editor for spell checking and grammar. That is definitely the hardest part of writing for me. I’m not sure if you know this, but I’m dyslexic. I was diagnosed while I was in College because I was having a hell of a time learning foreign languages. That being said, I’m kind of a glutton for punishment and got my degree in English. In high school, I studied Spanish, Latin, and Russian, which were hard, but I think the pacing of High School was more forgiving. German in College just took me out.
So all that is to say that editing is hard for me because I don’t always see what’s on the page. For my own writing, I mostly see what I think it says unless I go REALLY slowly, so catching mistakes is hard.
Today I’m going to work on a flash fiction piece I wrote a month or so ago. It’s my first attempt at flash fiction. I mostly just wanted to see if I could do it.
It initially came out okay, but there’s a bit of head hopping and not enough dialogue. Hopefully, I can tighten it up.
I’ve been obsessively listening to Dramamine by Modest Mouse, with a side of Insult To Injury by The Btchies this week. I’ve got the latest issues of America by Gabby Rivera and Saga by Brian K. Vanghan sitting unread, in the big pile of comics on my desk, but I hope I get to them soon. I’ve been listening to Bitten by Kelly Armstrong on Audible and I have to say I’m not enjoying it as much as I have enjoyed her later work. It is a first novel though, so who am I to judge. I don’t understand the thought process of the main character regarding most of her decisions. I’m going to read Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower after this.
I’m also reading a book called Raptor: Urban Fantasy Noir which is written by B.A. Bostick. Now, what attracted my interest to Bostick is that she was my mom’s best friend in high school. They’ve kept in touch over the years. When my mother was visiting this summer, she had mentioned the book and I decided to give it a read. I’m only 13 chapters in, but it’s a fun read if anyone wants to drop $5 and check it out.