Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Look! A Download!

The first of today's quotes goes out to those of you doing NaNoWriMo.

"Go spit in the face of our inevitable obsolescence and finish your @#$%ing novel." - John Green

And yes, he did the censoring himself.

Then there's the humor quote, not to say that the previous one wasn't funny, which is a true story from my computer programming class.

"Friend 1: *burps*
Friend 2: Congratulations: it's a boy."

First off, I would like to say just how much I truly love our writing club meetings.

For those who do not know, last meeting I brought the first chapter of a story in a notebook. Someone else--Hannah-- went home with the notebook to write chapter two. My chapter was a lot of set-up but I didn't have any idea where I was going with it, so there wasn't a lot of detail.
This meeting, when I saw that notebook on the table, I was filled with fear. I've been bringing writing to be critiqued for over a year now, but I've never collaborated with someone other than a silly poem about dolls and action figures since I was five and writing a story via email with my grandpa. Putting something I'd written--that I cared about--out in the open for Hannah to take wherever she wanted...I was scared. I ended up loving what she'd done with it, but that was just chance. I'm sure she would have written whatever it was well, but would I have been okay with the content?
The answer is that it doesn't matter. It's quite literally out of my hands now, and I have a new batch of anxiety stewing about Sarah Gray's upcoming additions. It's like having a child and giving her away for foster care, except I have to watch her grow up and have no control over what her numerous parents do or don't do in terms of her upbringing.
Yes, this story is a girl, I think.

The story I read, which can be found for free download here, is a prose version of "Boxcar Blood" by Alan Lastufka and Luke Conard. I'm very pleased with how it turned out, and even more pleased with the reception it received.
One person said it was "like a John Green romance."
While a comparison of my writing to John Green's would be a huge compliment in my mind regardless, this was especially awesome because that's exactly the style I was going for, and I hadn't mentioned anything of the kind beforehand.

In other news, I've got three tickets to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 for the IMAX on Friday afternoon. I am so excited.

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