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April 11, 2010

Got through the nearly 3-hour Frankenstein Rocketbook.  Whew.  But drawing up the outline for the pedagogy test was a snap.  I hope the story is on my list!

I managed to find two major literary characteristics without touching on either Gothic or Science Fiction literature.  I opted for Romanticism and Metanarration (narration that draws attention to itself, particularly Robert relaying Victor’s telling of the monster’s story) and the questions of reliability this brings about.

Anyway, next up is Beowulf.  Only an hour again this time, thank goodness.  I’ve got good assignments for this one, particularly the write-you-own-epic-poem assignment, one I actually did in high school.  Our string of limericks for Frosty versus the Sun was memorable.  (Frosty lost.)

In other writerly news (which is what this blog is supposed to be about, right?), my novel outline moved along well until recently.  I haven’t tried it much of late.  It has deliberate attempts to sit back and let the story progress instead of the short story technique of pushing the plot along as fast as the narrative can support.  It shouldn’t take more than an hour to finish the outline.

After that, I’ll move on to character sketching.  I have an urge to start writing again, but it’s still too soon.  Maybe I’ll write a few little backstory scenes to help get the feel for the characters, scenes that won’t go in the novel.  (I’ll sell them in the future when the novel is a huge commercial success.)  Prewriting is important.  I am still resisting the urge to skip it.  But I need to get moving if it’s going to be ready by mid-August.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. April 14, 2010 12:00 pm

    I think I remember you talking about a submission at Andromeda Spaceways that got advanced past the first round. How did that turn out? I got my rejection for my 3rd round story there at the beginning of the month.

    • osomuerte permalink
      April 14, 2010 2:02 pm

      No word from ASIM yet. It’s only been held for maybe a month. Based on how long it took to get through their queue, I’ll be surprised if it jumps up and grabs someone’s attention. But I’ll take whatever validation I can get my paws on.

      Sorry about yours, David. It must be good to get held, so keep it out there.

  2. April 15, 2010 12:44 pm

    Yeah, it’s a good sign to be held even if they don’t buy. 🙂 I sent it back out to Redstone, a fledgling pro market.

    By the way, would you possibly be interested in being interviewed later this year, possibly when the release of your WotF issue approaches?

    • osomuerte permalink
      April 15, 2010 3:52 pm

      That would be awesome. I haven’t been interviewed in…well, ever. 🙂

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