Blog Every Day April

All right, I know I’m a little late to the game—I always am, the first time—but I think I’d like to participate in Blog Every Day April (BEDA) [info|twitter]. I didn’t post anything on April 2 or 4, though, so this commitment might spill over a couple days into May if I get serious about it.

I’m pretty good about writing when I want to, though, so I’m not super worried. This will, however, require my internet access not to FAIL and my temperament to remain somewhat level-headed. I’m hoping I can turn my desire to blog for BEDA into a way to type up these stupid book analyses for class (aka: TPS reports) which I will then post, for everyone’s reading pleasure (haha.. “reading pleasure”…yeah, right). If I can do one per day for 10 days, I’ll be done with that section of my semester’s work. Can’t be that difficult, right? (Watch me try to shoot myself in the face by the end of this month for saying that…)

I’ve decided to treat my TPS reports the same way I deal with the books I read for the Feminist Review. I’m going to set myself a deadline and do it before that deadline—or else. That seems stupid when I say it like that, but I keep having this idea that I’ll just be able to “do it tomorrow” or “when I have time” and that shit’s not working anymore. My professor is going to kick my ass if I don’t kick it myself first. I’d rather have me do it than him.

This is similar to NaNo, I think, but I don’t have to write 1,667 words every day unless I want to. (NaNoWriMo is a contest held each year in November that encourages writing a novel of at least 50,000 words—or 1,667 words per day for 30 consecutive days.) Still, assuming that I actually do want to get these TPS reports done (and I do, dammit), and we’re talking about 300 words per typed page, I’ll have to write 3,000 words per day to satisfy the requirements of the assignment.

I’ve been thinking about using the Write or Die widget, but I’m not really masochistic like that. We’ll see.

Viannah E. Duncan

Viannah E. Duncan is a writer and activist hailing originally from Los Angeles. She lives outside of Baltimore, Maryland, and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Wilkes University. She has a cat, Cleo.

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