I was tagged by Helen Ginger of Straight From Hel to write eight things about myself and my writing that you may or may not know about me.
- I made a C in my first freshman comp class at Temple Junior College (now sans Junior), but I made a B in the second semester, which was much more interesting because it was an introduction to literature course, and not anything at all like the rhetoric course I taught last year. I’m comforted by the C: I understand Tennessee Williams made an F. Freshman comp doesn’t make great writers.
- I read grammar and punctuation books regularly. I really hope whoever reads this will find it irresistible to buy me the illustrated Elements of Style, now out in paperback, or Arthur Plotnik’s Spunk & Bite, or both, if you’re really feeling generous.
- I also have an obsession with books about writing, such as John Gardner’s The Art of Fiction or Ursula LeGuin’s Steering the Craft.
- I like to write in the mornings, specifically around 9 or 10 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Writing in the evenings is difficult, but I can, and have, done it, both at work and home. Sometimes you write through the tiredness and stress. Sometimes that ends up being the best writing.
- I am a voracious reader. I will read almost anything, though at the moment I’m preoccupied in my reading with my 100-novels project. Of course, I tend to keep more than one book going at a time.
- I’ve learned more about writing and literature and reading literature outside of grad school. Too much critical theory is taught in grad school.
- I’ve been slacking lately, only writing these blog entries. But that is about to change, as I’m about to embark on the third draft of my novel.
- I’m getting married in December.