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