Oh hell...

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Well, as per the norm, life has gotten in the way!  I do really want to start the whole '7 Days in The South' challenge, but first I have to get some coursework and 'real job' work done.  I am officially off for the holidays, but that really doesn't mean much.  I need to write some training materials for work and complete one assignment for each of the 4 courses I am taking.  The good news is that 3 of those courses are finished after I submit the assignments.  The bad new is I haven't even started on them.  I really should've started weeks ago.  Well, there isn't much I can do about that now.

One of the assignments is for a 'Writing Fiction' course.  The course has helped me, but this last assignment really is my worst nightmare.  Let's start at the beginning.  I was looking for short, Level 1 courses to fill the points I need for my degree.  I came across 'Writing Fiction' and thought 'Wow! An excuse to write even though I have so many other commitments on my time!'.  So before I signed up, I lurked on the FaceBook group.  There were supposed to be 2 assignments.  It seemed as though they had been the same year after year.  The first one demanded that I write in a child's voice-- that one I dreaded.  The second required either a short story or an excerpt from a longer piece.  This seemed like a golden opportunity to get some feedback on BTW.  And so I signed up.

The assignments have changed this year.  The first I enjoyed and scored highly on.  The second is now the dreaded.  I have to write a short story.  1500 words.  No excerpt accepted these days.  Oh hell. 

I haven't written a short since high school.  I just can't plot in so little space.  But I guess I'm going to have to learn.  And write the required story before the end of January.  Oh, and it has to use one of several given subjects.  So now I off I go to learn to write the perfect short story.  Who knows, maybe I'll turn the '7 Days' challenge into shorts instead of snippets.  But let's not get ahead of ourselves here...

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