This is my last journal report for my Creative Writing class. Sad, but I'm excited to get out of Provo and go home for Christmas. Writing has been good - I wrote a query letter for my independent project. It's not the first query letter I've written, but I have hopes that it will be the best since we learned techniques for writing one in class. I always feel a little like a ham when I write a query letter, like I'm getting too braggy. Anyway, I also added a chapter to my project. I realized the plot needed a few twists to complicate it a little, just enough to make it a novel and not a long short story.
Let's just say Jeremy's taking some small jobs along with helping out Becca, and one of them involves missing allergy medicine. Which will soon tie back in with the main job of taking down the football team.
Work in progress, will workshop it tomorrow.
As for my reading, I've been enjoying my favorite Christmas classics. That means books like When Santa Fell to Earth by Cornelia Funke. I like this book because it's short and whimsical, a light Christmas-y read that makes me want to drink hot cocoa and eat gingerbread. It's filled with holiday magic. I also like The Legend of Holly Claus by Brittney Ryan. The illustrations are absolutely beautiful and the story is an enchanting take on Santa Claus and the North Pole.
The interesting thing about both these books is that the author is able to work a subtle magic into the writing that grabs me even though I don't read words describing it. As a writer I hope to learn how to add that subtle hint of something greater to my writing. It's one thing to be able to create a simple story - it's another to make it something worth reading multiple times.