My favorite thing I've written: It is usually the most current piece I have finished.
Currently Reading: News of a Kidnapping by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Currently Writing: A triptych novel called (for now): Corpses, Artworks and Dreams of
If I could be any author or character: Roberto Bolaño. Because his writing and the way his mind should have functioned to create his works just blows me away.
My favorite thing I've written is a sonnet I wrote when I was a junior at Ave Maria University. I hope you like this sonnet about God lifting up the lowly...and grammar:
The Preposition of the Object
Love has raised up the lowly preposition,
And has secured it at the highest place,
To a lofty throne, in a fine condition,
O'er the other parts of speech at the base,
For what is "death" if 'tis not for another—
An empty noun, a meaningless notion,
Or what is it "to suffer" but with a brother?
Love in life gives meaning to our motion.
With what, for what, in what does each thing act?
By whom does the conjunction join each thing?
By Him who loves as a matter of fact,
Who became a child yet remained the King.
And through whom do we receive such pure love?
'Tis Christ God In-carnate, I'm thinking of.
I write best when I have a long period of time by myself. There I come alive and work out a problem in my mind (or in my heart) on paper. Those at the Writing Center and others help me to see what I may not be seeing when I write by myself, but as an introvert, the "creation of writing" usually happens when I am alone.
I write best when I know my audience (or I find a rhythm to match the music in my head, or the room).
I struggle with writing when I'm not really sure who my audience is.
A quotation or book or sentence or word I'm thinking about this week is "The car that brought you here still runs." It's from a poem by Richard Hugo.
I write best when I write every day for a set period of time. If I treat it like a job to do, if I feel accountable to my own goals, I get so much more done.
Currently I am reading a lot of history on the rise of Spiritualism after World War I. That, and Sherlock Holmes.
I'm drafting an outline of a book based on that research. Though, at this stage the writing takes the form of index cards on my cork board more than any solid draft. I need to be able to move ideas around, and cards on a cork board help me do that so much better than a linear outline.
I write best when I flip on a jazz tune and let my thoughts wander without any consideration of time.
Currently, I'm reading Walden by Henry David Thoreau and sometimes I find myself wanting to drop it all and wander into the woods. And then I remember the horrifying porcupine and decline any further considerations.
A quotation I'm thinking about this weeks is from my favorite Neil Young song, "Thrasher," in which he sings, ". . . it was then that I knew I'd had enough, burned my credit card for fuel, headed out to where the pavement turns to sand. . ."
I write best when I surprise myself into writing.
A quotation I'm thinking about this week is: “Style is a very simple matter; it is all rhythm” – Virginia Woolf
If I could be any author or character for a day, I would be Rachel Carson. I admire her as an environmental activist who was able to communicate the beauty and crisis of the natural world with the kind of spell-binding lyricism that wakes you fresh into seeing. She had a brilliant mind, a full embrace of awe.
My favorite thing I’ve written is a literature review on a study between feminism and Young Adult novels.
I write best when some good music is playing and blocking out all thoughts, other than the writing in front of me, of course.
A quote that I am always thinking about is from The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: “I have hated words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.”
Currently I'm reading The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende.
I struggle with writing when I'm expected to be creative. Knowing I'm going to be evaluated for my creativity really stifles mine. I find I'm much more creative when I don't feel pressured.
I write best when I give myself plenty of time to brainstorm. It often takes me at least one full day of thinking about a topic before I can sit down and put an idea on paper.
I write best when I'm passionate about the subject; I have so much to say that I don't get stuck in the syntax.
A quote I'm thinking about this week is by Azar Nafisi "You get a strange feeling when you’re about to leave a place. Like you’ll not only miss the people you love but you’ll miss the person you are now at this time and this place, because you’ll never be this way ever again."
Currently I'm writing a research paper on the Senegalese approach to musical pedagogy.
I write best when I am drinking coffee.
I struggle with writing when I know I am going to be asked to read aloud in front of the class.
Currently I am reading Ordinary People by Judith Guest.
I write best when I am in a quiet area with no distractions.
Currently I'm reading Madame Bovary, by Gustave Flaubert.
If I could be one author (or character) for a day, I'd be George R.R. Martin because I would really like to know how A Song of Ice and Fire ends and which characters survive until that point.
Currently I'm reading a short story one of my best friends from back home wrote for me. He knows how much I love the story of Little Red Riding Hood, so he wrote his own version based on some of my favorite adaptations I have shared with him and some theories of my own that I have about the story.
Currently I'm writing papers. Lots of papers in preparation for finals. I'm trying to get my distinction in History so I'm working hard to keep my GPA up.
If I could be one author (or character) for a day, I would definitely be Hermione Granger. She is intelligent and more importantly isn't afraid of showing her intelligence; instead she embraces it and never hides it. Her beauty is sometimes overlooked or ignored, and she is teased and looked down on for her background, but she doesn't let it get to her and stays strong and loyal throughout the books.
I write best when I am struggling to meet a deadline.
I struggle with writing when I am struggling to meet a deadline.
Currently I'm reading Padre Pio: The True Story by C. Bernard Ruffin.
Currently I'm writing text and music for a vocal piece (for soprano, clarinet and piano).
If I could be one author (or character) for a day, I would be Hildegard von Bingen, because she was more creative with language and music than I'll ever be!
Currently I'm reading crime fiction about murder detectives in Dublin by one of my favorite Irish novelists, Tana French.
Currently I'm writing papers on modern drama, Writing Center theory, T. S. Eliot, and my first (pitiful) attempt at a play.
If I could be one author (or character) for a day, I would be Oscar Wilde-- great clothes, decadent lifestyle, and always a witty quip on hand. Apparently right before he died he looked at the window in his room and said "either those drapes go, or I do."
I write best when I just sit down and do it. It's easier if I give myself a time limit and just keep writing until I'm done.
Currently I'm reading Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking.
If I could be one character for a day, I would be... anyone from Harry Potter. How could I pass up a chance to be enrolled at Hogwarts?
Currently I am reading Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin and William Shakespeare's Macbeth.
Currently I am writing a short crime story about a serial killer.
If I could be any author or character for a day, I would be F. Scott Fitzgerald, because he is one of my favorite authors, and I would love to see the world from his perspective and understand how his mind worked.