Today was full of events. We went up to the mountains as a family to celebrate my niece’s birthday. Still, I found the time to write. Even if it was only 1,000 words, I have found just how important it is to write every single day. I am now at 22,000 words and am loving where the novel is heading. When my schedule opens back up (likely tomorrow), I suspect that I will write a huge amount. Nothing is better than seeing a novel take on a life all its own. This is why I write.
I went to a poetry slam that got canceled last night. I spent some time with the organizer and realized I really need to try slam poetry. I may look into a way to record myself and upload the poetry onto this site. More on that later. In the meantime, some more “Influences.” This time, in the form of books.
Feed by M. T. Anderson
Near future literature is unbeatable. Feed is the untilmate warning to the future of technology. Almost weekly, I stumble across a news article that reminds me of something from this book. Anderson did his research. The future of our world will be incredible, but impossible moral questions are waiting to jump up just around the corner. I want to be able to form a story the way Anderson is able to.
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
I have never finished this book. Both times that I tried to read it were interrupted by school work. I plan on reading it later this year. Nevertheless, it has already influenced me greatly. McCarthy is the author who made me realize you need to find your own style of writing. While exploring that, I realized that stream of consciousness is how I need to write. Following the norm is almost never the way to go.