It’s time. I started tweeting once I discovered the networking possibilities with other writers, and now I need a hub from which to reach out, whether to other writers trying to publish or to my students learning to write. Today is not the greatest timing, since I’m very stressed about getting everything ready for the start of fall semester tomorrow (sure, you don’t HAVE to have the syllabus ready the first day, but I do), but part of what I’m contemplating for the syllabus in my 2010 class (Intermediate Writing) is having the students put all their work this semester onto a website like wordpress, and as well as being the sort of teacher who has to have a syllabus ready the first day, I’m also the sort of teacher who has to read everything and try everything that I want to have my students read and do. Thus the creation of this site.
Ironically, the novel that I’m writing now includes a blog, so my characters have been blogging much longer than I have. That’s another reason that it’s time to do this. If I’m going to write about blogging, it helps if I’ve had experience with it. Plus I intend to add an “about” page for the manuscript that will give me practice answering that hellish question: “So what’s your book about?” You know. Stuff. Teens. Growing up. All that.
Yep. Definitely need practice. Especially since I intend to start shopping the MS to agents within the next few months. Maybe six months. We’ll see how much longer it takes to get the whole thing in decent shape. I’m meeting with a writing group at the end of September, so their opinion of it might determine how much more work it needs.
In the mean time, back to prepping for the semester. My Intro to Writing class is pretty much ready to go, but I’ve got a lot of tweaking left to do with the Intermediate course. And then MAYBE (fingers crossed) there will be time for working on the novel.
p.s. while deciding on supplementary readings for 2010 (textbooks are never as good as you want them to be) I came across this satire about punctuation and spelling in today’s blogging, texting, and twittering world; funny stuff (at least to a writer and writing teacher)!