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Who is that Masqed woman?

It has been a while since I've posted. My bout with back pain last fall has become shoulder pain, and the standing and walking I was doing to relieve it have been complicated by inflammation to my right knee. Bottom line is that sitting and typing can be painful, so I have had to save it for work and my writing class.

I have been experimenting with voice recognition input, which is great for one-liners on Facebook, or for making notes to myself, less good for composing, to say nothing of editing. Any tasks which put me in a similar position as typing (sitting with arms bent at a 90 degree angle), such as driving, are also difficult.

What have I been up to? See above re: work and my writing class. I have another short story finished, although it's probably not something I would submit anywhere. The teacher in this class wanted us to write "literary fiction," which apparently means NO GENRE WRITING OF ANY KIND. Not sci-fi, not mystery, not historical fiction (whut), not anything that's actually interesting. So the story I wrote doesn't particularly inspire me. But there are more writing classes to come. I find it a good motivator, and a way to connect with other writers. Just will have to keep my eye out for profs that are tunnel-vision SNOBS.

I have also been spending time at the gym, which has partly helped and partly contributed to my difficulties (exercise smart, not just hard, kids!) I have also been in and out of the pain clinic, getting various shots and procedures to my various screeching parts.

And for those of you who've friended me on Feeb, I am of course following and echoing the latest Solar System antics of 2015.

Now that my writing class is wrapping up for the semester, I hope to post a bit more.

Comments

cornerofmadness
May. 1st, 2015 03:07 pm (UTC)
Sorry you're still in so much pain.

Ugh, I know that it's important to try your hand at various genres in a writing class but the 'contemporary' one doesn't do it for me. I did sell one story like that but I wasn't that thrilled with it. I'm sad there are still genre snobs out there. It's ridiculous

that said if I could write contemporary I'd probably do better with my publisher. That's sadly the best selling genre.
masqthephlsphr
May. 1st, 2015 06:57 pm (UTC)
I decided to write what is called "lab lit", which is realistic depictions of contemporary scientists. My novel, Dis/inhibition is lab lit. Unfortunately, given the time constraints of the class, it was difficult to come up with an interesting science-driven plot line for the story, so it's about a cell biologst and her parental issues, instead of a cell biologist and her work.

So it's a story I am on the cold side of passionate about. It was something to turn in. Might post it to my LJ at some point.
cornerofmadness
May. 1st, 2015 10:36 pm (UTC)
That doesn't sound too bad but yeah I know how you feel. I wrote mine mostly to see if I could