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Charles Deemer

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The Writing Life II

(Posts archived here are from 01/10/03 - 10/31/06)

Tuesday, May 03, 2005  
Caught up
A very long weekend preparing for the Sideways viewing and discussion in class, which begins today. Now I can catch up on writing projects.

Front burner: Kerouac's Scroll, the road story novel. Over 100 pages into it now. Going okay for a first draft. This may be my last "book" for a while as traditionally defined. New energy for hypertext and editing the journal.

Back burner #1: the collaborative screenplay.

Back burner #2: a new hypertext based on the Bedrooms & Bars story, changed a bit. Same characters and back story, different ending. I got the new update Storyspace 2 For Windows, an extraordinary hypertext writing tool, and I'm eager to put some mileage on it. I also have an idea for a non-fiction hypertext project, hypertext journalism really, which I've never done before, using both historic and new photos I'd take myself. This would be a good summer project.

Necessary chores: the book review! It's a tad late. This weekend, I hope. And I just volunteered to be the screenwriting judge for the competition sponsored by the Pacific NW Writers Assoc., picking three winners from the ten finalists.

On the downhill side of my university class with the "free" summer ahead of me. Fall I get to use my new screenwriting textbook for the first time.

Some really nice positive feedback on starting Oregon Literary Review. A writer of digital literary art, who is a visiting professor here, delighted to find a friendly journal for his work, and I already accepted a short piece that links to a longer piece. The former publisher of Arrowood Books, which published Christmas at the Juniper Tavern, sent good wishes. Hadn't heard from him in over ten years. We are getting some attention early on, which is good. I think it's entirely possible we could make a name for ourselves. All depends on the quality of the work. High standards and all that.

I also accepted two short screenplays from a former student that placed 2nd and 3rd in a competition -- I solicited them (a former student). Also looking at an adaptation to film of Winesburg, Ohio.

Moving forward nicely.

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