It’s day three of the NaNo madness, and another day of the tremulous balance between wordcount and courseload. That’s been going all right though – I banged out a good 500+ words in Religion and Culture class today quite by accident while I was doing a bit of research (on viruses and pandemics. Also bioterrorism – I’m sure I’m back on the CIA’s watchlist for my google searches again :3 ). I added a nice chunk of words to my third chapter (which I hadn’t been particularly happy with. The ending was too abrupt and the tone was too dull). Who says editing is always bad during November?
After that I spent my two work shifts critiquing the short stories of two of my writing classmates. I’m not a big fan of forced, structured critique, and this class requires we not only turn in a single-spaced page detailing our thoughts and criticisms, but we give a copy of that letter to the professor.
Yes, we’re being graded on our critique. Go academia.*
So I read the two stories. Both were well-written (it’s the highest level undergrad writing class, this doesn’t surprise me), and at least one of them had an engaging plot and likable characters (the other didn’t go far enough and I ended up finding it boring and pointless. Sorry classmate, but your story was dull as dirt).
After this I ran my errands (quest to pick up roommate’s half of the rent complete. Quest to locate fingerless gloves complete. Quest to find gloves that are less itchy added to Log) and bought a mini-pizza, which I ate while watching Monday’s new episodes of How I Met Your Mother and Chuck (one of which makes me happy, the other makes me want to punch babies).
I then spent the next two and a half hours writing my short story for class. I’ve been debating for the last few days as to whether or not Valhalla should count towards my NaNo total, as it is a short story and not actually connected with my novel. Ultimately I decided that while a midterm paper wouldn’t necessarily count as wordcount material, a creative fiction piece should, as it’s in the same vein as NaNo in terms of style (I was definitely writing it on the seat of my pants for the most part). So two and a half hours and 5000 words later, I had a short story and had hit over 13,000 words total. I was, and am, pleased.
So it’s been a productive day for both school and writing. I feel scarily on top of things.
Now I just need to update my resume to get ready for the jobhunt. *cringes*
*We turned some of these letters in at midterms and my prof told me that my critiques were ‘too nice’. Heaven forbid I be kind to people. Apparently critique = assholery.