So what do you know, I'm blogging.
I've been pestered by more than one person (yes, it's true) about my lack of blogging as of late, to which I say, "shut up."
But seriously folks, I do miss it. Perhaps I just haven't felt like "sharing" myself, exposing myself to the taunts and ridicule of "the public." Perhaps I've been working on a novel and haven't had time to "waste" on "blogging." Perhaps I "don't let my scabs heal" and "can't reach all the parts of my body" and "frighten children." Be that as it may, I'm back, at least for today.
So I enrolled in an online, short story writing class at DVC earlier in the year. It's been many years since I've taken a creative writing class, and I remember little to nothing about what I may have learned. I question how much I did learn as I was never the most "ambitious" of students, doing basically just what I needed to do to pass and graduate. But lo and behold, 26-years later I actually found myself interested in the "how-to's" of fiction writing.
Then I dropped out.
Oh, I stuck it out for a couple of months, but honestly it became a pain in the ass. We were expected to post X number of comments on other people's work, much of which was painful. Then the teacher created work groups in which we were supposed to sort of workshop stuff, but of the 6 people in my group, only two seemed to have talent and something constructive to say. The rest sucked so why would I want their advice? Oh, and the teacher was pretty much useless. She'd pop in every once in awhile to post a comment, but for the most part she was "professor in absentia." What's the point of taking a class when the "professional" is never contributing to your education, but instead leaving it to a bunch of hacks like myself? So there you go.
The girl just graduated high school last weekend. Very proud of her. She's off to college in the fall. Can you say "student loans?" So we've had that going on.
What else....I'm still reading a lot. Yup. More Andre Dubus, "We Don't Live Here Anymore." Also rented the movie version from the library last weekend. It sucked. Yawn fest. Oh, and I'm getting fatter. Today is the first day I'm trying to go "grain free." The pounds should melt off any second now.
Well, I guess that's enough for the first day back. Stay tuned. Or don't. I don't really "care."