Wow, the past nine months have been so busy, but these last four have just about killed me! Between school, homework, papers, my son, his therapy, and life, I’ve just about got enough left over to be a regular person. This Spring semester was the hardest. I almost literally never really had time to just breathe and get organized. It was always one thing after another, and I was constantly trying to write papers in between EVERYTHING else. My weeks were constantly on-the-go, and could hardly get enough time to completely finish a thought…let alone write it down. However, the semester has ended and I find myself with some “spare” time. I have begun making para cord bracelets (see my Etsy page: www.etsy.com/shop/brennasbeans and facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/brennasbeans). I’ve also started a Facebook page for parents who have children with Autism (https://www.facebook.com/thorandherhammer), so parents have a place to vent, praise, and learn about their Au-some kiddos.
My hope for this summer: to do well in school, build my bracelet business, shed some light on Autism and what it’s like to be Autistic, work on my novel, read A LOT, and write more poetry. I did manage to write about six poems this semester (I’ll post them separately later), and they’re actually pretty good. Each poem has a bit of a description since they were written for my Intro. to Poetry class, but I’m happy with them. I’ve never had to write a poem where I was told that it had to reflect something/someone else or someone else’s work, so it helped me to exercise my poetry brain.
I took a class called Readings in the Short Story, and that one really helped me figure something out. I’m just not cut out for writing a novel. For our final paper, we had to either write a short story or do a research paper which had something to do with one of the stories we read for the class. I decided to use a section of my novel for this purpose, because I figured the story was already there and I could just edit it for content and structure. I seriously thought it would be a piece of cake. I was so totally wrong! It took me over a week to edit it enough to be somewhat satisfied with it, and I still wasn’t done. Granted, my professor said it didn’t have to be perfect, but it had to be perfect for me. I was my novel after all. I have no idea what kind of grade I got on it, but I did get an A for the class…like I’d get anything less ;). Anyway, after working on that section of my novel, I decided that maybe it would be better if I turned it into a short story. I could divide the entire novel into shorter sections that could stand alone, and would also tie into the other sections. It would help to alleviate the stress of getting the first draft done, and it would also make the editing less time consuming.
You see, short stories don’t necessarily need excessive detail and it’s a bit easier to leave out back story. You can just essentially write a scene and be done. There’s no need for great details, because it’s all left to the reader. However, by linking the short stories together, questions will be answered, but the reader can still use his/her imagination to put the pieces together…or they can choose to just see each part as individual stories. I so love this idea much better…plus I can throw some poetry in there and books can fly off the shelves!
On that note, I think I’ll get back to my motherly duties…you know…laundry, cleaning, and paperwork for the Little Dude’s therapy stuff.
Have a great day, and I’ll see you all soon 🙂