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Writing Journal Update 3

College Updates: This week, I am working on a journal entry for my positive psychology class concerning wisdom. It's been very eye-opening. I've had to interview three older people about what wisdom is, and then give my own thoughts on wisdom. On that note, my two psychology classes will be ending next week, and I'm excited to start my third course for the summer: biological psychology. It's nice to be returning to my roots in biology, as it used to be my first love, not writing.

Update 2: I had my second horror writing workshop class. I will not be sharing the prompts out of respect for my instructor, but I will share the video that I chose for my assignment, "Ashlee Blackwell and Tananarive Due on Horror Noire." It's an interview concerning a documentary that goes into the Blackness in horror cinema. In times like these, it's important to be lifting the right voices. You can also read more on Tananarive Due's fantastic work in my review of her short story collection, Ghost Summer. Seriously, read her work. You won't be disappointed.

"Untitled Micro Fiction": While I will not be giving away the prompt for it, I will reveal that I will be writing a flash fiction piece no longer than 500 words for my horror writing workshop. Flash fiction is a great exercise if you're stuck on your longer works, by the way. It's definitely not something to scoff at.

“Untitled Nonfiction Essay”: Still working on this one, sadly. Nonfiction hasn't been coming as easily to me outside of a classroom setting. I'm mainly trying to journal to keep up my nonfiction writing.

“Untitled Paranormal Romance Novel”: So I have been spending copious amounts of time reading up on the Victorian Era. I'm reading up on the language of flowers, everyday life, fashion, and the Industrial Revolution. My characters are starting to come to life with some basic prompts, too. I may play with my Story Engine (link leads to review) cards more to figure out some subplots. I don't want to reveal too much just yet, as the novel is subject to many, many changes before I'm even happy actually starting it.

Personal Readings: The Red Tree by Caitlin R. Kiernan (horror, novel), Time's Convert by Deborah Harkness (romantic fantasy, audiobook), Suicide Woods by Benjamin Percy (horror, short story collection), Victorian America: Transformations in Everyday Life 1876-1915 by Thomas J. Schlereth (nonfiction, book), Brevity issue 64 (nonfiction, online journal)


Finished: Lady Bits by Kate Jonez, Clover Blue by Eldonna Edwards

Stay tuned for my blog series on writing resources (I know, I know, I've promised this for a while, but it's almost done!). As always, keep writing!



This is Shelley. She is a short-haired kitten we adopted from a shelter a week or so ago. She's named for Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein.


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