I'm really sorry to say this, especially since some of you have already responded to the previous journal and kindly given your suggestions, but I have recently come to the decision that I am not going to apply for the writing summer programs after all. I was just cutting it a little too close this year (most of the apps are due by March 1st), and after some close consideration we've decided that it just wouldn't work with my family's already-established summer plans. I'm kind of bummed, but there's always next year I suppose. Thanks to Katastofi
for responding to my earlier journal <3 ; sorry for the inconvenience.
I know it appears I haven't been writing by my lack of deviation submission, but actually, I have.
I recently had a huge surge of inspiration for the novel idea I have been working on on and off for the past year and a half and have been planning like mad ever since. This is the novel I first conceived in July of 2012 and wrote during the last Camp NaNo and the past two NaNos. I have since decided to replan and rewrite it, since I think the core idea of the novel is good and there are several characters I like, but most of the plot is a dud. I have now been planning it for about a month and a half and it's going really well; I have a semi-detailed plot outline of the first book and have the beginning and end of the second book in this world figured out (I just need the middle) and have rough sketches of most of the characters down. I'm hoping to have a really detailed plan by July, so that I may participate in Camp NaNo with this novel.
Wish me luck!
As for deviantart material, I still have a few old poems I never submitted that I may fix up and submit at some time or other, and I have about half of the short story I was talking about in an earlier journal finished; it has been put on hold since I began planning my novel, but I definitely plan to finish it sometime soon.
In other news, I've been reading some good books lately. I'm currently reading "The Glass Castle" by Jeanette Walls; it's a memoir, but it reads like a novel and it is quite extraordinary. I'm simultaneously reading "My Name is Asher Lev" by Chaim Potok as well; so far, that's a great read too. I also just finished "Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl" and I think it might be one of my favorite pieces of writing; definitely my favorite nonfiction book. It is an amazingly powerful read and I highly recommend it if you have not read it.
Finally, my school's spring musical is coming up. We're doing "Thoroughly Modern Millie" and if you have not heard that album you have not lived; it has such fantastic, catchy, funny, sweet songs and the musical itself is enormously funny and creative; I am super excited. If you are at all into showtunes, (or even if you're not
) I recommend looking into them!