What am I up to?
1. I have a copy of A Game of Thrones. How and why did I get one?
Just consider it a collision between hype and my curiosity…
Many moons ago I heard about the series on HBO. (I haven’t seen it yet.) I looked it up online and learned that it was based on a set of books. Then few months back, I read on a friend’s blog that she’s reading the books. After a lot of procrastination, I finally decided to take the plunge.
Last night I only read a part of the first page. But even then, I thought, “Oh, crap.” Either I’m going to really hate it, or love it.
2. I have a few posts that are only halfway done. One of them is a comment on a controversy involving a big name in contemporary Christianity. Every time I think of posting it, I get cold feet.
Which might just mean that I was meant to share it after all.
3. The usual struggle: I keep letting myself fall off the writing wagon, but I know that I need to persevere. Nothing else will satisfy my soul.
I hear that Oliver Stone once said that “writing equals ass plus chair.” As bland as that sounds, he’s right. There’s nothing glamourous about writing. It’s work. It’s lonely. And everything depends on you. You have to remain dedicated, no matter what.
In the past I’ve mentioned wanting an MFA in Creative Writing. I kept thinking that I need to enter a program because I need discipline from an outside source. And that’s a matter that I’m still debating. In the meantime, I’m trying to do a DIY MFA. What I really need is to remember to kick my own ass.
Our local writer in residence has her writing degree. And hearing about her adventures left me debating its necessity. (For me, not for her.) From what I understand, the real work began after she got out of school.
As you may or may not know, I’m a substitute teacher. Throughout my career I’ve had plenty of down time. The other day it occurred to me that f I’d really worked as hard as I could have over the past two years on my writing, I’d have had several books- and scripts-worth of material by now.