A 3-Day Weekend, Of Sorts

I don’t take a lot of time off. It’s true of my day job (my inexplicable loyalty is a topic for another post and/or a psychiatrist) and it’s certainly true of writing. My goal for this term is to write as much of my thesis as possible which, now that I’m past the struggles presented by the first three chapters, should not be terribly difficult to attain. The story has finally come together for me, and I’m looking forward to telling it. (I even wrote the synopsis during our break between terms!) There will be revisions, of course, but once that first draft is done, I’ll be happy.

The main reason I want to get it out of the way is to free up time for the other writing projects that are screaming for my attention. I received amazing feedback during the critique session for my story “Briar Rose” (well, except for that one bizarre comment…), and I can’t wait to revise it. I’ve got my next two novels planned. And more short stories. I’ve never been able to focus on one project at a time–I can’t even read one book at a time. I need to give myself a million projects, otherwise I feel completely useless.

So, while I don’t have to go to work until Tuesday, I’ll be pounding away on my keyboard for much of the weekend. I may allow myself to escape for brunch and a movie. But I can already hear my characters calling me…

Published by Jennifer Loring

Jennifer Loring’s short fiction has appeared in the anthologies Tales from the Lake vols. 1 and 4, Nightscript IV, Dim Shores Presents Volume 2, and the Bram Stoker Award-nominated Not All Monsters and Arterial Bloom, among many others. She holds an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction with a concentration in horror fiction and is currently working toward a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies - Humanities & Culture, focusing on queer possibility in fairy tales. Jenn lives in Philadelphia, PA, where she and her husband are owned by a turtle and two basset hounds.

6 thoughts on “A 3-Day Weekend, Of Sorts

  1. I really enjoyed Briar Rose. I'm glad you've got plans for it for the future. Can't wait to see more of your novel! It sounds like it's coming together for you. It's even better that you're enthusiastic about it. Keep on keeping on!


  2. You guys nailed all the things that I knew were wrong with "Briar Rose" and gave me so many great ideas–I HAVE to revise and sell it!You know what really helped with my novel? As soon as last term ended, I walked away from it for a month. Didn't work on it, didn't so much as open the file and look at it. And then, right before this term started, I kept getting ideas. I couldn't wait to get back to it by the time residency ended. I have only about 2-3 hours to work on it per day (not counting weekends), but I've already cranked out 19 pages since last Monday–which, for me, is nothing short of amazing. 😛


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