Today’s writing and reading task list:
- complete the fine-toothed-comb search of the databases to make sure I actually have all relevant sources for my literature review
- begin eliminating sources (and in some cases reeliminating sources) that turn out to be, in fact, irrelevant
- call my grammy so I can ascertain details of the story I’m using for my workshop application
- finish writing the prose for the workshop application
- select my short (700-800 word) writing sample for the workshop application
- finish reading book for next weekend’s class meeting
- Spanish homework
Also on the agenda:
The thing about doing what I love is that I actually have to do it. So many words. So little time.
This month will mark the first time I’m voluntarily submitting my writing for acceptance/rejection. I’ve decided to apply for an intensive writing workshop for women at the Collegeville Institute in Minnesota. It’s specifically for women writing non-fiction prose, which is the genre of my current book project. It falls during the time I’ve traditionally gone home to visit my family back in North Dakota, and I have my timeline set up to be done with my first draft by my thirtieth birthday in April. This just seems like it fits.
I will be submitting a chapter from my book, titled “The Dead Chicken Chapter,” as my writing sample. I’ll post an excerpt here soon; it tells the story of my chickens and my divorce, and the story of my grandmother inadvertently killing a number of her family’s fowl during the Depression as a parallel tale. I’m quite proud of it.
Applications are due February 2nd; I will post a selected excerpt after that date. Mark your calendars!
Until then, please enjoy this chapter, which I shared on my personal Facebook page on what would have been my grandparents’ 72nd anniversary (three months after grandpa died).