All right guys, I’m a little late with my Row80 check-in, but I got a little distracted, you see, by this:
Yeah, I’ve probably watched it a dozen or so times already. At this point I’m good with Iron Man 7, but I guess we’ll see how we progress with Iron Man 3. And then, just as I was sitting to write down my progress, I got a little distracted with this:
Unfortunately it isn’t playing in my city… yet. We tend to like these kinds of films here in Utah, so I won’t be surprised if it gets here soon. Now with that out of the way, I can finally share a delightful fall picture from the complex where I live.
And now, the goals:
- Write at least 3 short stories intended for publication. I’ll probably try my hand at several more than three, but the hope is to find three gemstones among the rocks.I’m currently on draft #3 of the short story tentatively titled Magic Color Tree. Although it’s a placeholder title, but I think it’s growing on me. We’ll see as drafts progress with this little baby.No new short stories yet, but I think with a few drafts on MCT I’m ready to move on to new ideas.
- Read the helpful books to prepare me for the editing fest that will be late November early December on Shade.
One of my favorite quotes from this week’s reading is: “If exposition is a scene’s sole justification, a disciplined writer will trash it and weave its information into the story elsewhere.” (I occasionally tweet quotes as I’m reading and sign them -RM) Also I feel like I’m building a solid check list for things to improve on Shade when the time approaches. Still haven’t received King’s On Writing in the mail yet, but I’ve got plenty of Robert McKee reading to keep me busy.
- Have read all 201 available Anton Chekhov’s short stories from ibiblio, sprinkled with Hemingway and Bradbury.
I’ve read 16 of 201 Chekhov short stories. Been a busy week and usually I ride the train to work, but had to drive in for a couple events. Since they don’t recommend I read while driving…
- Once December hits, tear Shade apart and polish it to pure awesomeness! Coming in December…
I took Magic Color Tree to my writer’s group last night and got some good feedback, both constructive and encouraging. It’s interesting sometimes getting feedback from multiple sources, because if they all have a pattern then you know there’s a problem you must fix no matter how resistant you are to it initially. The sign of a true writer, I think, is fixing it in a way that satisfies the concern, but doesn’t necessarily follow on the line every suggestion you were given.
How about you? Any progress on your goals since Monday? Any new and exciting news? You know I love the new and exciting news, so dish!