a man in manhattan…

…and we’re back!

Not sure anyone missed me (besides my ‘sponsor’ Wes), but I’m attempting to break my recent hiatus from the world of blogging. I was hit by one of the worst stomach bugs in my short history on this planet and I had to follow that up with a business trip to Manhattan; all the way on the other coast. It was a very busy trip.

But when I wasn’t stuck in a dirty, stuffy, seat-less telecommunications closet, I was able to experience an amalgamation of low temperatures, delicious food and crowded sidewalks. I will attempt to post some great pictures that my wife took since she got to play while I had to work.

I’ve also been spending some time on another short story, but I’m just not happy with it. I just can’t get the flow right. Maybe my heart’s just not in the subject…

So far as other people’s writing, I am halfway through Bell’s Plot & Structure but I haven’t been faithful to performing all of the exercises at the end of each chapter. I think that I will get more out of the book if I read it through once and then re-read while doing the necessary homework. I also owe a beta-read of a novel written by another blogger, so I have a busy week ahead! It’s the new normal. 🙂


0 thoughts on “a man in manhattan…”

  1. Welcome back! Hope you’re feeling better by now.

    Don’t fret if you don’t love a short story. I’ve abandoned hundreds of malformed oddities that had promise at one point. I think that’s part of the process. You’ll find a diamond amongst coal or something like that.

    I’ve picked up some great books for my grad classes that I feel obligated to recommend: “On Writing Well” by WIlliam Zinsser (very straight forward, practical approach to clean writing) and “Bird by Bird” by Anne Lamott (which is just a great book that gives writing advice through the story of a writing who suffered through it all). Both are easy reads, and have some great nuggets of info.

    1. Thanks Oliver! I’m feeling much better. That was just one of those bugs that didn’t seem to want to go away.

      Great recommendations and your timing is uncanny. I’ve been looking for a companion book that spoke more to ‘writing well’ rather than structure and plot. Sounds like these are worth checking out.

      I think I’ll put up my short story within the next day or two. I did a bit of editing yesterday and think I’ve made some decent progress, though still not very happy with it overall. But just because I don’t like it doesn’t mean others won’t, so I may as well post it. 🙂

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