Monthly Archives: October 2010

NaNoWriMo and things…

Sunday afternoon after a night of celebrating my single pad living situation (yes, I had an “I Live Alone” party and I’m so not looking for a roommate), I nursed a mild hangover and forced myself to trek into Manhattan to write with a fellow writer (one of the co-workers I befriended who’s also a writer) at Union Square’s Barnes and Noble. Continue reading

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Curious Dog Author: Mark Haddon

Published by: Doubleday (2002)

I read this as a selection of a book club I’m a part of. Another friend suggested I read this book but, you know how that goes, “Yeah, I’ll read it one day,” because I’m the freak that has a queue of books to read like Netflix.

This tale is about an fifteen-year old autistic boy called Christopher Boone. He lives with his father and is investigating the death of Wellington, the next door neighbor’s dog. His mother, we learn, has died of a heart attack two years prior; he misses her but doesn’t dwell on this much. Because Christopher reads a great deal, he wants to emulate Sherlock Holmes and discover who murdered Wellington. Then his father is upset by this whole ordeal. Soon after, Christopher uncovers Wellington’s murderer and the real fate of his mum in the process.

The book is written completely in Christopher’s voice; the voice was consistent throughout. There were some sections of the novel that were observationally acute in the way some folks think but specifically, Christopher.

A book written that reveals what it’s like for folks with this condition and how they function; at times touching, poignant, and frustrating, this book had the goods. I wholeheartedly recommend it. Go out and read it!

Connection

How do you connect with other writers?

At work, I overheard two co-workers discussing writing and I was reading a book as they conversed. I didn’t want to sound like a know it all because I’ve taken workshops, worked in publishing, blog, completed a novel, written short stories, and am familiar with the life of a writer without the publication bragging rights.

I sat there, excited, because I wanted to share my insight and experience so badly but I held this all inside because I had no idea how I would come across to them. One girl writes sporadically and has taken one writing workshop while the other co-worker self-published a trilogy (I believe; I was eavesdropping after all) without having taken a writing workshop in his life!

I see these folks every day and this would be a great way to make a connection with my co-workers, especially since I don’t know anyone at my current temporary job now. I don’t have the slightest clue how to speak up because I am so knowledgeable about it all.

How do writers connect outside of the writing community (like at work)?

*Update (10/7/10): I have since connected with these folks and it was so easy to do! Once you step out of your comfort zone, everything else falls in place. 🙂

Rejection Letter for MFA program

March of this year, I received a rejection letter from the University of Arizona. The letter went something like this:

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Writing with homies

When I was in high school, I had a writing friend. She was writing a fictionalized account about her experience with a crush while I…can’t even recall if I was writing as much as she was.

Now that I am not participating in a writing workshop, I decided to take matters into my own hands. I proposed an idea in which we would get together, write (like with my other writing workshop) and then catch up. She gave me a book called Free Within Ourselves: Fiction Lessons for Black Authors as a birthday gift years ago. I started reading the book about four years ago and never completed every exercise. This time around, I will fulfill my goal of reading this book from cover to cover – just like I did with Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way three years ago.

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