Monday, November 17, 2014

30 Week Writing Survey - Week 13: Culture

Now Playing: Trocadero - Another One Down

So good news: I got into the workshop I wanted. Which means two things: I don't have to take a scary 9:30 p.m class and don't have to deal with a fiction professor who sent out the worst acceptance letter in existence.

And I was hesitant to write something like that, but I'm not going to mention any names or really go into it too much. I was just really angry at the idea that I needed to get "the warning" so preemptively. The usual "oh silly genre fiction writer, you can write your childish stories in my great workshop class, just please try and play with the big kids."

Oh, yeah. That warning happens almost every semester--this present one being the exception, though I still got a slightly mild variation. And it'd be one thing if it'd been a direct criticism of the story I sent the professor. But the way it was phrased, it was more like she immediately assumed I'm not a character-driven writer because I write speculative fiction. There was no mention of my story in her acceptance email, no mention of what she thought or even a response to what I'd written in the application. And what's more jarring is that I wrote, on said application, that I want to focus on characters and get better in that aspect.

And still, it's like she completely ignored it and decided to act otherwise. (Her email pretty much said that she thought I didn't care about character driven narratives even though I explicitly wrote that I did). And she insulted me nonetheless. (But still accept me for her workshop. Why? Who knows. If she liked my writing, it sure as hell didn't come across in her email).

Can you tell I'm bitter?

SO yeah >_> I'm quite glad to have gotten out of it by being accepted to the other workshop. Which has a good reputation, apparently.

Before a meeting with the Kudzu Magazine peps, I spoke with my fiction editor and another girl about the other professor that accepted me and how her class might be, since they've both taken her before. They told me she's probably the best fiction professor in the entire department. So it's no wonder her class is so difficult to get into. Next semester is going to be awesome :D

In other news, I also started watching this show called The 100, since it was on Netflix. It has a kind of mediocre first episode, but I'm soooo glad I stuck around. I'll have some homework to do this week, but after I'm done, I can get back to winning NaNo and binge watching my show. And then it'll be Winter Break :D

But that's it for updates. Now, challenge time. Short answer today, since I have a lot of work to do. 

QUESTION 13: What's your favorite culture to write, fictional or not? 


Okay, that's a dumb answer >.>

Yet it's the truth. I like the idea of exploring different cultures or using them as inspiration for my writing. I guess Norse mythology and cultural is the one that's come up the most--a record breaking two times--as inspiration for Anne's story and some of the naming and ideas for the current NaNoWriMo novel.

But it's certainly not the only one I ever want to delve into. I want influences from all over the world.


  1. Anonymous5:13 PM

    Really? O-o I can't say I've heard anything good about The 100 e-e maybe I should give it a whirl...

    1. Have you heard anything about the 100 at all? O.o I only heard about it through tumblr.


"Science and science fiction have done a kind of dance over the last century... The scientists make a finding. It inspires science fiction writers to write about it, and a host of young people read the science fiction and are excited, and inspired to become scientists...which they do, which then feeds again into another generation of science fiction and science..."
- Carl Sagan, in his message to future explorers of Mars.