Yeah, I… look, time is confusing, okay? I’m finding it difficult to keep track of my place with the lectures, assignments, and critiques staggered as they are. It’s fine. But I keep writing my assignments ahead of time, which means I get nervous about having messed up the schedule.
So far, I’ve written four stories! Having a little bit of structure, and critique partners is doing wonderful things. My week three story was written for the prompt of world building. I took a scene from The Daughter of the Rose and the Jasmine, a Palestinian variant of Cinderella. It really fought me, that one.
And the prompt for week four, due this coming Thursday, is ‘horror.’ I’ve got a very strange relationship to horror. In grad school, I was assigned a mess of an archive on the gothic. I had to clean it up and make it useable. I wrote my MA thesis on Jane Eyre. But I “don’t read horror” but I do listen to The Magnus Archives.
I feel like I don’t know the shape of a horror story. Yet, my first attempt at horror ended up a finalist for the Best New Weird Award, and is my best story so far. Will this one be the same? Hard to say.