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- of keeping silent when I'm home.

I've been home for three weeks; I fly back to Oregon on Saturday. I wish I could have another week off before starting class, but why bother? - I graduate in June.

I'm excited and horrified. I feel under-prepared.

Spent my first week home screwing up my sleep schedule. I'd go to bed at 5:00 AM and wake up anywhere between 12:30 and 2:30 PM. I was a slug, but a CREATIVE slug!

I began the revision process on Brainsick, and I am having a ton of fun with it. I must thank The Elements of Style and The First Five Pages for this endeavor, as well as multiple suggestions and critiques - old and new - from friends.

Yes, most writers revise AFTER their manuscripts are finished, but it can't hurt to start fresh with stronger ideas and plot form.

Rant's background is much more plausible; I can't wait to share this with my friends and readers (freaders?). Chestan and Fieran's situation is going to be more difficult, but more realistic. They NEED more realism.

I turn 23 next Thursday. 0_______0

Tiny update is tiny.
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Date: 2011-01-10 02:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] arkratirma.livejournal.com
I hope I don't suffer jet lag, but I very well may: I have a night class tomorrow followed by a 14-hour (8:00 AM - 9:45 PM, three classes) Tuesday. Wednesdays are my designated hibernation days.

That sounds like a great book; thank you for the recommendation! I could probably find a cheap copy at Powell's. (I'm having a lot of fun building up my writing reference library: I've also got King's On Writing; Noah Lukeman's The Plot Thickens; and a school textbook called Writing Fiction which has plenty of good exercises in it.)

Oh! My brother has some Cormac McCarthy books he wanted me to read, including No Country for Old Men. Does McCarthy exclude quotation marks in the two books you read?
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Date: 2011-01-12 09:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] arkratirma.livejournal.com
I'm picking here and there at my writing books; I'm halfway through one and a couple chapters into another, applying their lessons as I go. For self-education, I want to pick up daily study drawings and sketches again - kind of goes hand-in-hand with reading if it's from my many wildlife books, I suppose.

Ah, that's fascinating to know that polysyndeton is a specific stylistic method (and nice also to know its name!). King uses that several times in Misery, which I just finished reading. When Paul is drugged with Novril, his thoughts are written out in sentences like the McCarthy example you shared. It effectively shows his wavering mindset, and it's something I could apply to scenes in Brainsick.

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