consider the working title worked

I’m happy to share that one of my works has been included in the latest issue of WomenArts Quarterly Journal.

Based out of theUniversity of Missouri-St. Louis, WomenArts Quarterly Journal (WAG) is:

an initiative of Women in the Arts, aspires to nurture, provide support, and challenge women of all cultures, ethnicities, backgrounds, and abilities in their role in the arts and seeks to heighten the awareness and understanding of the achievements of women creators, by providing audiences with historical and contemporary examples of the work of women writers, composers, and artists.

And thus I am really proud to be included in their ranks.

The piece, “Working Title,” is one that I’ve been kicking around a while. I wrote the first draft of it nearly four years ago. It stemmed from an idea I had that I wanted to write as a screenplay.

The topic of the Romanian Revolution of 1989 had fascinated me (if one can say something so frivolous about such an event) and I wanted to write about it. The more I broke down the story, the more anxiety I felt and the more frustrated I became. This was not my story to tell. How dare I think I could do that?

At the same time, I was a year or so out of film school and was feeling a huge tug-of-war in my mind as to what creative format I wanted to work in: film or prose. Was film enough to really express what I wanted to say?

Anyway, that’s what happened here.

obligatory july post

I know I haven’t posted anything in a while. I have no real excuse other than I have been writing, just not any blog posts. The body of one book is barely cold and I’ve already started on another.

This one is a comedy, which is a nice change. It certainly makes life lighter.

I am finding a slight frustration, however, in the fact that I seem to keep jumping all over the place in terms of genre and style. I find I switch modes for each project and sort of adopt a different voice for each piece. Perhaps the differences are only really apparent to me, but it makes me feel reluctant to pick one and run with it, lest I find myself tied to that genre or style.

But anyway. The current piece I’m working on is what I think of as my “Default Mode,” which is basically the same writing style I use writing my blog pieces. It’s how I write when I just write and I suppose there’s something refreshing in that.

It is also a genre piece but only in the sense it riffs explicitly on genre. Perhaps I have been implicitly working through my frustrations.

We’ll see how it goes. It’s a fun, fairly episodic project, so I’ve been toying with the idea of posting it online. Maybe when I’ve got a bit more of it under my belt.

Anyway. Writing aside, life goes ever on as it does. Husband and I are moving. AGAIN. We found out a few months ago that our landlord is selling the place, so we’ve been keeping an eye out for a nice condo, and we found one…. ACROSS THE STREET.

As this is our fourth place we’ve had in New West, I realized we’re perilously close to forming a golden spiral across the landscape.

Is this cause for concern?

Mildly concerning. If I were a character in a Dan Brown novel, perhaps.

Whatever. I love New West. Unabashedly. We have good craft beer, good food, and they just put in a rainbow crosswalk for Pride Week. I imagine it’s only a matter of time before I dedicate a whole post to it.

Untitled

– Captain Jean-Luc Picard

Star Trek: The Next Generation, “Peak Performance” (S02E21)

written by David Kemper