I apologize for not giving an update for a week or two--I tend to write these on Tuesday itself, and my last few Tuesdays have been sort of hectic. Suffice it to say, I am still having a blast at college. I'm learning a lot of interesting stuff, and I like all of my classes and all of my professors. You can't ask for much more than that.
Creative Writing in particular has been very enjoyable. The last few weeks, we've been analyzing storytelling by watching an episode of Parks & Recreation or playing a murder mystery game, and so that's just been a load of fun, and I've learned bunches about ways to structure and analyze storytelling. The assignment that's coming up next is an autobiographical narrative that each of will write, get peer reviewed, and then publish in a collection to donate to the public library here in Janesville. It should be really interesting from start to finish, and I'm already thinking of ideas to write about. The one that sticks out to me most prominently right now is one of the weeks in February this year, when one of my old friends committed suicide and there were all sorts of stressful and weird things happening in the days leading up to his funeral on the day before Valentine's Day. Those memories are very vivid in my mind, and I think they would make a good autobiographical narrative. If I do write that, I'll definitely be posting it on here, so be looking for that in weeks to come.
One of the other cool things happening here at college is that the library on campus is hosting a short story contest. Now, immediately I was interested, of course, because contests for writing stories always get me motivated to write, especially when you can win some money. The prize for the winner is the library sharing your story, obviously, but also a $25 gift card. So, if you're at UW-Rock County and want to write a short story, do it and submit it to the library! The only stipulations they've set on it are: You have to feature a ghost in the story, it has to be between 1,000 and 2,500 words, and at least part of the story must take place in the library on campus. Other than that, we're allowed to get as creative as possible.
I have a few sentences written for my story so far, and since anyone I've read them to said that they were interesting, I'll share them here:
Everywhere I looked, I saw Abraham Lincoln.
At first, I just assumed it was a coincidence--I had just checked out a book on our beloved 16th president for my history class, and I had that scraggly beard of his on the brain. But then I started seeing his face everywhere--billboards, posters, memes, and every episode of every show I watched on Netflix for three days straight. It was really starting to creep me out. Big time.
I have until October...16th, I believe? (I'll edit this later and make sure I put in the right date.) So, I have plenty of time, and the story length is really not that substantial, so it shouldn't be that difficult to get it churned out. I have several ideas for a good little story arc, but the challenge will be figuring out which one works, how to get it across as concisely as possible, and how to make the story interesting in every line while not skipping over anything important and having it be within the required length (which is very short, in short story terms).
One last thing before I go--I don't know if I mentioned my history class all that much on these posts, but right now we're learning about Ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Israel, and it's been truly fascinating looking at the way life was back then, and how it was different from nation to nation. One of the things that I've been going back and forth with since the class started was the section of a book by a guy named Nagle that we were required to read for this section of the class. Nagle definitely has some prejudices against the Israelites, and there is a lot of subtle attacks on the authenticity of the Hebrew scriptures and their historical context. I was interested to see what my professor would say about all of this when we got to talking about the Israelites, but we did so today and he seemed to take a very good, unbiased approach to all of the historical events. Hopefully, that will continue, because that's what learning about history should be (as much as possible, anyway)--unbiased. But I really like my professor, so I imagine it will.
Overall, I'm learning a lot. Which is good, cause this is part of the "Learning" section of this website. Yay! Well, thanks for reading, everyone. Have a great rest of the week, and go learn something new.