Susan and Carlea and I have spent the last month working on a project that was unveiled yesterday: A speculative literary journal, The Golden Key, inspired by the Grimm brothers’ fairy tale of the very same name. Our first issue calls for SHARP THINGS.
I haven’t updated much because I’ve been working towards thesis—turned that in last Wednesday—and my defense is next week. I’m also reading for the first time next Friday! Very nervous and not sure what I’ll read yet. Anyway, I plan to update my blog every day as soon as I land in Taipei this summer. Going to try and blog every day of my year in Taiwan. Will see how that goes.
Today marks my 48th day of writing in a row. I hit a peak of non-stop writing last week (that lasted about a week), but after I handed in my thesis, I’ve mostly just been rearranging punctuation and tinkering with the same sentences. Not falling off this writing wagon! Tonight I’m going to try and do some serious writing business (re: actually write something substantial). I started this “write every day” thing because of Carlea, and a couple weeks ago, Tatyana sent me this link to Seinfeld’s Productivity Secret, which is basically the same thing—the trick is to set a goal and never take a break from it. It’s working so far!
Have found myself rereading Lydia Davis’ Five Stories. I love them all, especially “The Mice.” Now I’m reading through everything that Conjunctions has archived online. I’m also reading Aryn Kyle’s Boys and Girls Like You and Me, which I can’t put down. I also find it incredibly illuminating and helpful in regards to my own writing. I love that 1) I’m still finding favorite authors and stories, and 2) still learning the writing craft! I’ve been thinking a lot about this because my defense (or “discussion” or whatever it is) is just around the corner, and it’s almost a sure thing that I’ll be asked to say something about how I feel I’ve changed/grown as a writer since entering the MFA program.