I’m registering for classes this morning. It’s finally beginning to hit me that this time next week I’ll be sitting in my adviser’s office, grinning sheepishly across the desk when they ask me how much I got done on my second year paper over the summer.
But this blog isn’t about my academic life. It’s about my writing life, goddamnit, and in Sylvia’s writing world September means the beginning of a new quarter and new list of Quarterly Goals!
The other day I was listening to the This Is Horror podcast interview Jessica McHugh. While I think the hosts’ voices leave something to be desired (*fingernails on chalkboard*), Jessica McHugh talked about how she wrote something like 57 short stories in 2014 and documented the process on her blog.
She said not all of them were good, and some were as short as 500 words, but she was inspired by a Ray Bradbury quote to write a story a week for a year in hopes that yes, it is indeed impossible to write 52 bad stories in a row:
Is it madness? Is it crazy? Is it really impossible to write 52 bad stories in a row?
I don’t know, but I’m going to give it a try. FOR SCIENCE.
You betcha. Ladies, gents, and everyone in between or outwith, I’m going to try and write a story a week for the next 15 weeks of the year, or until 31 December.
Instead of working on a new novel project (as I planned in Summer Quarter), in Autumn Quarter I’m going to focus my efforts on editing Fang, my first novel, and in the spirit of Jessica McHugh, write a story a week.
(And I hereby dub the challenge #astoryaweek for tweeting purposes.)
I know. I might regret this. I know myself, and I know that I will be howling at the bars of my Fang revision cage within like two weeks. I need to spew new material or I will go mad.
So without further ado, here are my Autumn Quarter Goals:
This means that I won’t be doing NaNoWriMo for the first year since I started in 2013. It’s a strange feeling, but I think I’m making the right decision not to… especially with the course overload I have to take this quarter.
Ok. That’s enough blabbering for now. Time to get back to working on the first story of 15 for #astoryaweek!