6.02.2007

Progess May_1

Finally moved out and living in an apartment with an old friend. Finally took the dive and am trying out the vegan thing — still clinging on to honey, though, so I've adopted the moniker: Demi-vegan.

Now is the time that I take up the writing crusade again... Vanquishing my foes that wear the vestments of this dread same-old-life, ever present in the monoculture of today. I must fight for the cause of Hyperculture...

Workshop:
I have been in charge of the writer's workshop at the bookstore now for a year. And I have just started regularly presenting them with chapters from my novel. The reaction to which, has been even more positive than I could have imagined — which isn't to say that I feel like a badass...

I am expecting some sort of feedback, other than compliments. I need to know what I can do to make it better — that sort of insecurity coming from the fact that I got nothing but rejections back when I sent it off to agents last year... Although, none of them actually read any parts from it, just my letter. A logical conclusion could be made that it's my letter that needs to be worked on, but I was never one for "logic" or "facts"...

I've been helping out a coworker with a novel of his that he wrote as part of his Senior Project for high school. He brought in a chapter that he added after I took a look at the whole thing and gave him my tips for things to try to make it better. We all threw him some wisdom, and he was excited to hear it... Turns out that his project got him the highest score out of all the seniors in his class, and I told him that I would be happy to take credit for it, and will be expecting to see a check in the mail.


Innocent Creatures:
I've been thinking about the method I should employ with my next querry letters... My gut tells me to preach the truth from the mountaintop — long beard below wide crazy eyes, with my pants around my ankles.

I want to tell the truth. Tell them that taking my project would be to signup for a difficult undertaking. That no one wants to hear the truth, and they will not want to read reality I have put on the page. That, while it may be a creation of fiction, I have infused it with the brutal truths that one can only take when sugar coated in fantasy. That the mirror I hold up, may only look like a fun-house mirror, but that's just because how ugly and fucked-up everything really is...

Still pondering whether this is an intelligent course of action. The things I tried the last two years didn't work, so really, any idea is a good one as far as I'm concerned.

I've also been writing down the agents I haven't tried yet while listening to Simpsons DVD commentary. I have over twenty, so far. I am taking some time off around my birthday in a couple of weeks, and I aim to use that time to get letters out... Hopefully Final Fantasy III won't steal all that time from me, and I'll be able to say that I actually am at least pursuing the opportunity to make progress...


Misc Projects:
Reading Jonothan Lethem's book You Don't Love Me Yet, and I am getting inspired to start seriously working on my "Band Book" project. Been thinking about the characters and the format — which may contain three different sections, including something like an oral biography. I have also been thinking about trying to write more music, and possibly — if I could bend space-time — start performing solo, doing the material I want, instead of obeying the whims of a band...

I have also started collecting ideas for the yet-to-be-announced short fiction contest this year in the "Reno News & Review." I thought about absurd threatening letters, but that might be too high-concept for them, and not what they are looking for when they ask for "fiction." Whatever I end up doing, all I know is that I have to go further over the edge than anyone else, in a way that only I can...


(side note: I fucking HATE the way spell check "works" on this damn site... I need to find a way around signing in to this godforsaken site every time I want to post here. That's why a prefer my Livejournal, because it has clients for Mac...)

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