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It's hot here this evening. I just collected Christy from Lower Hutt, back from Parachute where she spent a lot of time not sleeping along with most of the 35,000 other people there! She's just having her first hot shower in five days! She had a great time though.

I painted most of her room and it looks very cool. Rather sophisticated. I miss the vibrant purple though *g* My hands are covered in paint.

I have to concentrate on schoolwork now, I have to go into school tomorrow and look like I know what I am doing. I'll try to meet up with the teachers in my department and check what they are up to. Find out which students are returning, which ones are not. It will put a lid on my writing for a few days until I get everything up and running. Still, I have finished re-editing Safe. That feels good. It feels okay. I could almost be proud of it. I might send the edited copy to a friend who is reading it at the moment. He knows a lot about books and is a writer himself, so it might be alarming but good practice to have his feedback!! I guess I will get five Saturdays devoted to writing anyway, when I start my 'night school' class mid-February. You meet once a month and it should be a lot of fun. I hope there isn't anyone I already know though, because Wellington is a SMALL place!

So. To schoolwork. And sewing name tags on Finn's clothes for Hogwarts, I guess.

I'll leave you with some very wise words from Phil Gulley today,
-It is a good thing to have some core beliefs around which our lives are built. We get to a hard place, a confusing junction, and we can say, “Well, here’s what’s important to me,” and choose a path consistent with our beliefs. Ninety-nine times out of a hundred that works. But there’ll come a day when we have to choose between two competing claims, and on that day, Jesus teaches us that taking care of the hurting person in front of us takes precedence over the rule book. Because, in the end, what really defines us isn’t so much what we believe, but whether and how we love.


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Jan. 28th, 2008 10:38 am (UTC)
The night school class sounds interesting - tell us more!
Jan. 28th, 2008 11:21 am (UTC)
-tell us more!
Us? *snort* Well, it's a course called Write That Book Now! And you meet once a month with other people trying to - well - write that book, and you apparently have to share, and I guess listen, and hopefully get some feedback or pointers or whatever. I don't know quite how it works as I can imagine writers may well be reluctant to 'waste time' listening to other writers' work. Then again, I think that such an activity might be enlightening. Also, I hope you get to discuss the process of working on a long story, the planning and checking that goes on and how to do this. And some ideas for how to make a story acceptable to a wide range of readers, perhaps. Or just to see if you're writing total crap!!! I am assuming people will be honest? But hopefully not destructive. So. Watch this space. I think my first Saturday is about the 10th or so of Feb...
Jan. 28th, 2008 11:33 am (UTC)
There are classes like that here but I haven't been tempted because I get all that online. One friend, Gina, now uses the online method but is nostalgic about the 'real' meetings with a trip to a cosy pub afterwards! If it works for you, I hope you'll then consider joining our very select small group on Yahoo - I told you about it before and Marg is in it too. The only worry about the class is finding that people have such different literary interests/tastes that they are unable to give feedback on style and content. You'll still get help and advice over process and it will be good to mix with other writers every month. I think you'll enjoy it!

It's really important, as we know from school, to make criticism constructive. Hopefully, whoever runs the class knows this - if not, and if anyone is destructive, you'll just have to put your teacher's hat on and explain why this is a bad idea!!
Jan. 28th, 2008 11:37 am (UTC)
Nice icon *g*

I keep remembering your little group then I forget where it is. So I never get there. Yikes.
Yeah, I hope the class isn't full of people writing children's fiction, there is so much of that around here. And I think there was a separate course for that - *shudder* it's not my scene right now. Maybe soon. I'm thinking a little about teen fic, but not too seriously. It's just because I spend so much time with the darned things (teenagers!).
I do hope they run things in a sensible fashion, with, as you say, constructive criticism. I think, if it was badly done, the course wouldn't be repeating. I did notice it last year but I was about half a year too late!
Jan. 28th, 2008 12:10 pm (UTC)
You won't find it - it's locked from all search engines to protect our work from 'publication' whilst in progress. When you're ready, we can issue an 'invitation' which will let you in.Meanwhile, enjoy the class, and consider our Yahoo group gayflashfic which is run by Alex and gives weekly prompts. The core group are fairly active and give lots of helpful advice and comments. I've learnt an enormous amount from them and had fun in the process. The 'gay' bit just means writing has to be GLBT friendly - no homophobes allowed! And although some of the writing is both gay and erotic there are other contributions that are about cats or kids or sci fi!

Another writing icon - a friend made them for me after she'd made the comments in them on her LJ!

Edited at 2008-01-28 12:11 pm (UTC)
Jan. 29th, 2008 04:25 am (UTC)
-When you're ready, we can issue an 'invitation' which will let you in
Hee! Nice idea!
-.Meanwhile, enjoy the class, and consider our Yahoo group gayflashfic which is run by Alex and gives weekly prompts.
Breathing Space isn't gay fic at this stage. But the group does sound like fun...

Stories about cats?! Yikes!
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