Tuesday, June 23, 2009

diving deep...

I'm thrilled to be SWIMming with y'all this summer! The accountability will help me focus and actually produce some meaningful prose and poetry rather than a bit of dabbling here and there...

My major writing projects this summer are:
1. Jenny Crusie presentation and article. I already presented a version of this paper at the Popular Culture Association conference back in April, and now need to a) shift the focus; b) include another novel; c) shorten; and d) craft into an informal presentation rather than a formal one.

Then, I need to work with both presentations to create an article for a collection of scholarly essays on Crusie's work. The deadline for this article is...unknown. I need to do more secondary research, and integrate suggestions from readers.

2. Digital novel article. I'm co-editing a collection of essays on the evolution of the novel in the digital age, and I'm also contributing an essay I wrote for two conferences last year. I look at how new technologies--particularly eharlequin.com, author blogs, and scholar blogs--are changing the romance genre. This article needs some work and research, and I also need to spend time doing co-editor stuffs (whatever that may be...)

3. My novel! I have a lovely character, who is facing a process of life revision, and is doing it one summer on the shores of Lake Michigan in Northern Michigan. I really like this character, and I want to give her experiences voice, but have not been successful working on writing said story. I need lots of motivation for this one!

My goals this week:
1. Continue posting one blog entry per day (NaBloPoMo)
2. Continue journaling every day
3. Re-read/skim foodie bits of *Bet Me*
4. Draft 3-4 pages of freewrite prose for RWA presentation
5. Spend at least 30 minutes every day on the Novel, diving in wherever I want
6. Conduct some scholarly research for expansion of PCA/RWA presentation into article
7. Revisit digital novel presentation/abstract for book collection--sharpen up
8. Continue reading The Courage to Write


  1. so glad we're writing together this summer! Your novel sounds so cool; love the setting. Hope your writing goes swimmingly this week ;)

  2. All your projects seem really interesting. Especially the digital novel article and, of course, your own novel. Good luck with your writing!

  3. Welcome dharmagirl! Glad to have another creative academic along at the writer's beach with us!