I'm currently a senior in high school and I'm working on a new short story to submit to the Virginia Woolf Short Fiction Contest hosted by LitMag. I'm not necessarily close to finishing, but hey, I'm making progress and I still have like 56 hours left, so, whatever.
However, I have been looking at the registration process, and it looks like they're asking for a cover letter as well. This is my problem. My short story Charlie has been publsihed in a national magazine for teen writers, but besides that, I have no real writing credits. So there's not much else that I would have to mention in a cover letter besides my (future) high school diploma and my semester I spent interning for my school's creative writing class.
How would one of you go ab…Read more >
So last night I went to watch the It remake, and, truthfully, I had incredibly low expectations. As a certifiable film snob, I despise remakes and everything they stand for, and every time they announce a reboot of an 80's classic I scream NO NO NO at the top of my lungs as an automatic response.
So I was suprised by how... ok... the movie was. It wasn't special or groundbreaking, it certainly isn't going to win any awards, but it had its charming little moments, and one or two scenes actually creeped me out. I'm not going to spoil anything, but here's a list of my thoughts, having marinated on it for about a day:
-There's nothing resembling nuance in this movie, just to get that out of the way. It's not a psychologcal thriller. It's very m…Read more >
I finished the first draft of my first novel, which I'm really fucking glad to put away for a while so I can work on something different. I lost a lot of steam there near the end.
I'm not really big on outlining; to me, it always feels like I'm trying to revise before I've even written anything. George Saunders has a really good analogy where he compares outlining to bringing notecards on a first date. 12:45: Ask her about her parents. 1:00: Kiss her goodbye. It just feels really disingenuous when you could just let the whole thing happen naturally and re-evaluate it later in the editing process.
Tangential opinions of the writing process aside, for the new idea I have, there might be a pretty lengthy senquence that takes place in the 1960'…Read more >
A year ago, my high school made the national news. I'm not going to say where I go to school, but if you really wanted to, I'm sure you could find out through a quick Google search. Fuck anonymity. I want to write about this.
My home state was one of the states that fought for the losing side of the Civil War. While the Confederates' libertarian attitude was admirable, they were, ultimately, fighting for the right to own other human beings. And that's just not okay.
I don't care what the Confederate flag means to you. For one person, it could be a symbol of family and tenacity. For another, it could be a symbol of hatred and opression. That's the flag's job as a symbol; it can have many different interpretations.
For me, when you make the Co…Read more >
Lately I've been having that sensation that crawls from the pit of your stomach and up into your throat; that feeling of open-eyed terror you get when you're a little kid and you just found out that you're in big trouble.
I'm a junior in high school. My GPA is exactly a 3.
Like five or six years ago, I decided what I really wanted to do was be a writer. I, like any other self respecting 11-year-old, wrote fan fiction. Not a lot of it, just, like, 24 pages. A Slenderman story. It's embarrassing, but eveyone has to start somewhere.
Anyway, I remember showing it to my parents. I remember their looks of feigned delight, like I was a cat who dragged a dead bird in from the rose garden and placed it lovingly at their feet. I remember them reading i…Read more >