Thursday, January 30, 2014
Where Have I Been?
Hey everyone! I notice I get a lot of views from Russia, the UK, and Germany, and of course other countries as well. Thanks for the constant viewings. I do apologize for the lack of posts. I promised a lot of book critiques and I have given none. To answer why, I decided to tell you that I am now a college student.
Yes. I go to the University of Houston. That's all I will tell you. Well I'll add that I'm majoring in English and following my heart's dream of being a Writer. I have already succeeded with my play, A Dragon's Tail. It was a great learning experience.
Now in my second semester of college, things have been somewhat bleak. I have not published a single short story, I'm questioning the validation of Creative Writing classes, and I have become intrigued by the study of literature.
I have not published, I have not even published my play. I stare at things I have written and curse them for not being the way I intended and beg them constantly to please work with me! I get frustrated with my writing because usually, once I have written that start to finish first draft, maybe editing for grammar errors and better ways to say something, I end up not knowing what to do with it. I stare at it and curse at it, trying desperately to figure out, how do I fix this story? Now recently I had some ideas for two short stories I am working on. I actually have four short stories that I have typed first drafts for. These two or at least one in particular, I have thought of an idea that I would like to implement. Here's the problem: School Work!
The sacrifices one makes for the pursuit of knowledge. Believe me it's really tough. But it is also rewarding. Just last semester I took a course on Contemporary American Fiction. We had to read ten books. Ten Books! Zehn Bucher!(Forgive me. I don't know how to put the umlaut on to the 'u' on this blog) Ten! I have never read ten books in roughly three months! And let me tell you; it was strenuous but absoulutely rewarding. Of those ten books I now have I believe three maybe four favorites out of those ten books. Heck I will write a post about those books I read. We talked about things regarding consumerism, postmodernism, style, themes, Grand Narratives, etc. All of this was very thought provoking and somewhat disturbing. I'll write you guys a post on it.
I also took another mind bending class. It's called Introduction to Interdisciplinary Art. In this class we studied various artists that broke boundaries. Heck in fact, I'll write a post about some of things I remember in the class.
Creativity wise this semester I have hit a road block. I am conflicted because I must devote my strong sudden interest in literary studies full attention. There's a lot of reading this semester. I'm not taking any creative writing class. It seems as though I do not have time to be the least bit creative. However, I have decided to use this blog as a substitute. Oh and I am in an Honors play, so at least I'm acting again.
I'm going to write a couple of posts and change the purpose of this blog. What?! Change purpose?! Change Focus?! What the hell is wrong with you?!?! I thought this was supposed to be about Fantasy! And it still will be. I'm shifting gears to allow myself to write about other things for a couple of reasons.
1) I can't keep up with all the gaming news and film news and such.
2) I can't keep up with all the news because I have academic and school related priorities that must be attended to first.
3) To be honest I'd rather write about something else: In the sense that I would like to broaden the topic range so that I can show you guys some new ideas.
Never fear! I will still write about Fantasy related things. But it's going to be different. I'm going to bring in new topics, using literary discussion and references. I will apply those literary stuff to the Fantasy books I read. I will also write about some of the artists, new stuff that I have read. But it will all be approached differently. I'm even thinking of renaming the name of this blog. We will see about that of course. I feel as though it needs to have my name in it in order for it to be recognizable. Like I said, we shall see.
I want to show you guys the neat ideas that I am learning. I want to set the stage for myself. It's also that I have not run this blog professionally and to me that's a problem. I want to be posting and blogging, not blogging writing, and showing the world my ideas. That's why I intend to write you guys a series of posts that will show you what I want to do. I hope then that because I am branching out into other topics that I will bring more people to this blog and show them what I have learned. Believe me! There is nothing like knowledge. With this, get ready for hopeful a slew of posts that will excite you. Get ready. Let the show begin.