Archive for July, 2009

Conference #2

July 29, 2009

I took the same writer’s conference that I did last year, focusing on creative non-fiction as opposed to the novel.

Creative non-fiction – is that the Augusten Burroughs/ James Frey category? I guess there are certain liberties one can take writing. For example, I can comfortably say that my hair is falling out in clumps when in reality I find loose strands on my pillow case, in my hands after I run fingers through my hair.

Because of all of the family stuff going on during the conference, I could not fully immerse myself in the program. But I’m a mother of two young children and have a hell of a lot of responsibilities on my plate. The odds of me ever fully immersing myself are slim, so I’ll take what I can get.

I was working on lots of personal stuff about my mom – some of which I will upload, which is cathartic. I don’t know what the final product is – or ultimate story but the emotions are raw and it’s good to document it now


Finding Time

July 9, 2009

I know, I’ve taken a hiatus from the blog, all because of very convincing excuses. I did however find time to read and enjoy several books which is a huge accomplishment on my end.

The kids are doing great.

My writers conference starts next week and while I have not had time to prepare anything, I’ve been thinking a lot about it. My in-laws are coming out to help with the kids which will really incentivize me to immerse myself in the program and write. I imagine I will be very productive during that time. The ten day conference is really a great opportunity even though I wonder how I am going to find the time to do it. People do a lot more on a lot less.

I also believe that once I get a schedule going, I will be more productive as well. I tend to thrive on schedules even though I resist them.

So that’s the latest.