Thursday, December 8, 2011

Year of "Cerebral" Work

Holy hiatus, bloggers! It's been ages since I've posted.

And the reason for that is that lately, I've been working on an enormous revision. This is a post-apocalyptic, dystopian political story. And it's not YA -- it's adult!

Genius Agent Holly has given me lots to think about. Big things. Scope. Stakes. Character.

These things are so hard, I had to think about them for a few weeks before even pulling the draft back up. And after I thought and thought and talked to a lot of people about really weird stuff, I am now writing. Writing!

My goal is to finish mid-February.

Because I want to stay in this all-out flow. And at the end of February, I'm teaching Oregon's first-ever Firefighting Composition Class!

In 2011, I did a ton of writing. I revised a YA literary story, scribbled essays for the NEH Institute in Oahu, designed the firefighting class, penned the dystopian novel, was accepted for publication by the American Journal of Nursing, and took two notebooks of notes on Southeast Asia in Honolulu.

I've read, too. I figure that over the last year, I've graded 600,000 words of student work. That's 2,400 pages!

Also, I've got a new curriculum for my winter research writing class: "Beyond Super-Sized; What Food Does For--And To--Us."

Still to come, in 2012, is an article in a State University of New York anthology on Southeast Asia.

Whew! It was a big year for my brain.

But when I put a sponge in the microwave, or miss the exit to get home, when I check myself in the school parking lot for pants or a skirt, or something, on my bottom half, I know that not much has changed.

Yep. I'm still me.

5 comments:

Catherine Denton said...

You've done a TON this year! I think going pant-less once in a while would be worth it to get all that writing done. ;)
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Shannon O'Donnell said...

Holy cow, Jennie!! You have been one BUSY woman! You inspire me. Seriously. :-)

Jennie Englund said...

It is so incredibly amazing hearing from you girls.

I've missed you!

kold_kadavr_ flatliner said...

Interesting. CEREBRAL - that's the brain, moe like CEREBELLEM. Funny. How we refuse to VitC.

'The more you shall honor Me,
the more I shall bless you'
-the Infant Jesus of Prague
(<- Czech Republic, next to Russia)

trustNjesus, dear,
and wiseabove to Seventh-Heaven
where I wanna VitCu.

God bless your indelible soul.

kold_kadavr_ flatliner said...

Interesting. CEREBRAL - that's the brain, moe like CEREBELLEM. Funny. How we refuse to VitC.

'The more you shall honor Me,
the more I shall bless you'
-the Infant Jesus of Prague
(<- Czech Republic, next to Russia)

trustNjesus, dear,
and wiseabove to Seventh-Heaven
where I wanna VitCu.

God bless your indelible soul.