I have decided that I am definitely going to the job fair at my old community college on Wednesday. Even if there aren’t any employers from companies I want to work for, maybe they’ll at least save a copy of my resume or perhaps even recommend me to someone who would be interested in hiring me. No matter what happens, it will be good experience at any rate. I’ve never been to a job fair; the one they were going to have at my college was canceled; not enough employers showed up.
I finished Part XI of XIII. The next part takes place seven years in the future, so I’m going to have to write another throw-away explanatory chapter at the beginning of Part XII explaining a little about what the characters have done in the seven years of their lives I haven’t been writing about them. I wonder if that might be redundant or too obvious – I think once I revise the entire story from Part I to Part XIII, I’ll be able to tell. Hopefully.
I’ve been reading A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway. The first chapter irritated me. Every single sentence had at least one instance of “and” in it. To be perfectly honest, I don’t like Hemingway’s writing style. He’ll have pages where it’s like a wall of text, then another page where it’s all dialogue and the sentences are short and clipped. The content of the story doesn’t really interest me either; it might just be because I’m not too into reading about wars – but I did like The Caine Mutiny (Herman Wouk), which remains one of my favorite books. I’ll keep reading Hemingway’s book in the hope that it gets more interesting… it should.
I looked up all the big publishing companies in North Carolina in hopes that I may be able to work for one of them; most of them are in Greensboro, which goes nicely for my plans for graduate school in the future. I hope one day to go to UNC-Greensboro and perhaps have a part-time job with one of the publishing companies in that same city. Another dream…
Haven’t written a poem yet. I’ve read The Best of the Best American Poetry 1988-1997 (edited by Harold Bloom) for inspiration, but nothing’s coming to me. Maybe I’ll just write two tomorrow. I have days like that – I won’t feel like writing at all one day, then the next day, I can easily spit out two or three halfway decent poems.
I’m waiting for my copy of The Chicago Manual of Style (the newest edition) so I can begin studying it. I’ve been looking over The Associated Press Stylebook (2007 version) that I needed for my Introduction to Editing class. I love that stylebook; I can’t count how many times it’s come in handy. I can only hope that The Chicago Manual of Style does the same good!
Even so, nothing beats The Elements of Style (Strunk and White). Highly, highly recommended for any writers in any field.