June 30th, 2004

I love my hand!

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I'm so happy right now I could just hug someone. I just had a critique session with the teacher-person (Linda Oatman High, who writes mostly for kids and teens and is therefore teaching the workshop devoted to that). She said that my story (I submitted the first 10 pages of Jin, the story I wrote at Alpha last year) was really interesting and unusual and stuff (hard to find a market for though), and that after reading it she couldn't wait to meet the writer (she thought I'd be like 65 or something and then was amazed that I was so young). She says I have a lot of talent and potential and have my whole life ahead of me so I can really go places with my writing. So I'm bouncing around, feeling all happy and good about myself.

And just last night I was sitting around thinking that the grownups were probably looking down at me as some naive, inexperienced kid. Of course, that's because I let someone else's words get to me. A man was giving a talk about publishing poetry and was saying that older writers are generally better than younger ones because they have more to write about, younger people just write about breaking up with boyfriends and hating Eminem (at that, I wanted to assert myself and tell him that we're not all like that, but I was stupid and kept my mouth shut), and you really have to experience life to be able to write about it. So while I disagree with parts of that (I'll admit that older people tend to have more experience, but younger people tend to be much more imaginative so their stories are more interesting), I started wondering if all the grownups were looking down on me as some young whippersnapper. But Linda said that they probably look up to me (insert short jokes here) because I'm so young and talented and have my whole life to write and don't have to worry about running out of time.

So I ran my pirate girl idea by her, and she thought it was really great and I should definitely turn it into a novel and get it published. I don't know if there are any other books about pirate girls, they're mostly just about boys or adult women. But what about the daughter of a female pirate captain who's lived on a ship her whole life? This is going to be interesting. I'll have to do a lot more research (since my interest in pirates is relatively new, and I haven't obsessively researched it yet like I research other interests) and run some of the dialogue through the English to Pirate translator. I hope this goes somewhere. I'm really excited about it.

Well, me hearties, I'd best be off to... uh... I don't know, do something writerly. Because, you know, posting in my livejournal isn't writerly. Yarrr.
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I'm just a sweet transvestite...

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Typing "pirate girl" into Google image search with no filters brings up some interesting results. Also, why are women's pirate costumes almost always kind of slutty? No respectable pirate lady is going to pull a raid and cut some throats with her cleavage hanging out and her belly bare. You need to protect those vulnerable areas. Sheesh. My character dresses just right. In her mom's hand-me-downs. Oversized shirts and breeches. And she always wears a bandana to keep her wild dark hair out of her face. Anna rocks. She's nobody's bitch.

Yeah, doing story research always brings these fun things up. *grins*
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Dil Domicile

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It's such a nice feeling when you're sitting there minding your own business and overhear someone saying something really nice about you. I was sitting in one of the halls, searching for somethingorother in my backpack, and Linda (the workshop teacher-person) walked in talking to Sister Ruth (yep, a nun, but she wears regular clothes) about how she had an amazing writer in her class that's only 21. She had no idea I was right there, but it was great. Also, being told my writing is like Francesca Lia Block's is one of the awesomest things anyone has ever said to me. That's it. Tomorrow, I'm going down to the bookstore and buying a bunch of Linda's books, just because she gave me one fucking huge self-esteem boost. And once I get this novel written and published (weee, I have motivation!), I'm going to send her a free signed copy with a batch of cookies. Heh... I'm probably going to do the same for lots of other people that have helped me along the way, so I'll end up spending all the royalties on books and cookie materials.

Speaking of this book I have yet to write, it seems like several of my college friends are surfacing in the characters. This is both freaky and cool. And yesterday I was at this reading, I forget the guy's name, but he just had this amazing look about him. He was bald and tan with ears that stuck out and an earring in one of them, and he had this really expressive face and a great smile, and he wore this really white shirt. I thought to myself, "He looks like a PIRATE!" Only cleaner and stuff. So there's definitely going to be a pirate in my story that looks like him. I have yet to tell him this because I have issues with talking to people, but I just can't stop staring at him when I see him because he just looks like an awesome pirate. He's also a hilarious writer with an interesting past. Also, for tomorrow's class we're supposed to come up with a bully. So there's going to be a snotty crew member named Kurt Nesbit (Nick gets credit for this name) that always talks down to Anna and the cabin boys, has a very low opinion of children, hits on every girl he sees at port, and talks in a very calm voice that's hypnotic and sleep-inducing. I think many of you can tell where I got the idea for this villain. *smirks*

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