If you're not familiar with the "Dissecting the Short Story" series, what it consists of is a detailed analysis of the story, focusing on a variety of issues such as characterization, plotting, and word choice. All of the stories for this series are selected from major digest magazines. The ultimate goal is to be able to take the knowledge gained from examining the story to help better understand what makes stories which receive publication in the major digest magazines work for editors and readers.
On a different note: Recently Cindy Thrasher let me know that she wanted to present me (and others) with the Versatile Blogger award. Since it has been a couple of weeks since the last time I accepted similar awards, I wanted to present a new set of facts and pass along the award to some other fellow bloggers. (Due to the "viral" nature of this type of award, many of the blogs I like already have been presented this award. I tried to pick several which I thought were worth visiting and had not yet -- as best as I could tell -- received the award.)
First, the seven facts about me:
- I listen to a very wide variety of music and often like to have music on while I'm writing or trying to focus on other thinking-heavy work.
- I worked at a McDonald's the summer between my senior year of high school and my freshman year of college. As best as I can recall, I did not make a single hamburger or french fry. This was when McDonald's (at least in our area) was making pizzas and I was the pizza and fajita maker when I worked.
- My first computer was a VIC-20. I owned a total of four different models of Commodore computers. (VIC 20, C-64, C-128, 8088 IBM Compatible).
- I've been invited to in-person tryouts for Jeopardy! twice. The first time I was not called for the show. I'm (at least theoretically) in the contestant pool for another 4-6 months from my last in-person tryout.
- When I was a child I thought that I disliked curry and, by extension, Indian food. Naturally, Indian is now my favorite "ethnic" cuisine.
- My interest in film noir dates back to a night in high school when I was sick and couldn't sleep. I stumbled across Detour on late-late night cable.
- The first "real" concert I went to was to see Yes on their Union tour in Dayton in the spring of 1991.
Now, to pass the Versatile Blogger Award along... The lucky awardees are:
Cheryl Reif at Cheryl's Musings
Carrie Butler at So You're a Writer
Nadja Notariani at An Author's Adventures
Since it's pretty much the end of September, I'm going to review my status on September goals and document my October goals.
1) Write 15,000 words of fiction across at least four stories. - Achieved. I've worked on at least six different stories this month and have written somewhere in the neighborhood of 25,000 words.
2) Take all of my August stories which have not yet gone through Beta/critique through Beta/critique. - Partially achieved. There are a few stories which haven't gone through this process. In addition, there are a couple that I've gotten feedback on which I still need to revise. Though I don't get 100% for this goal, I do feel that having a focus on getting and using quality critique feedback has improved my writing.
3) Stick to my planned Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday blogging schedule. - Achieved.
Now for the October goals:
1) Add at least 15,000 words to my novel with the working title Learners.
2) Write at least two short stories of 1500 words or more.
3) Perform prep work for NaNoWriMo.
4) Arrange to write a guest post for another blog.
5) Stick to my planned Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday blogging schedule.
Looks like October's going to be a busy month! Anyone out there have goals they'd like to share?