Anne LaBastille Memorial Writers Residency

So in July, I sent in an application to the Anne LaBastille Memorial Writers Residency. According to the website, announcements were to be made August 23rd. That date has come and gone, and I haven’t heard a word nor seen anything on the site. Obviously, this is frustrating. Getting that one fiction spot for writers who aren’t from the area is a long shot, but still.

At this point, I’m guessing that I didn’t get it or I would have heard. I mean, the residency begins in 2 or 3 weeks. Still, it’d be nice to have an answer, even if it’s a rejection.

Fresh Eyes

My novel outlining class doesn’t begin until mid-September, so I have some time on my hands. I’m kind of stuck with regard to my novel right now anyway. I only have part of the outline written and I’m not even sure if the way I formatted it is working for me. So I’m taking a break.

In the meantime, I’ve begun revising a short story I wrote about 5 years ago. It’s been sitting on my desk probably because I got bored of it. It’s the millionth draft, and when I looked at it the other day I saw more revisions that I can make. Looking at it now, with fresh eyes, I’m excited to work on it again.

Procrastination

At the rate I’m going I’ll probably have more than one post entitled, “Procrastination.” I haven’t written since the last time I posted. To be honest, I feel lost without the structure and deadlines of taking a class. And my class just ended this week.

The class I took was called Read Like A Writer and it was HARD. I haven’t done a close reading of fiction or poetry in about twenty years. Maybe more. As I did the assignments, I felt like I was just reading into things, into the text, basically making shit up. I struggled with the homework, but I did complete them.

The next class I’m taking is called Outlining Your Novel, which I really need. I have much of my outline done, and have written a few parts. Now I feel like I’m stuck.

Hello

I’m Barb Natividad. I write mostly short stories and some memoir-type essays. I finished a draft of a full-length memoir but couldn’t remember all the details, so I’m turning it into a novel. I’ve learned that there is so much freedom in writing fiction. I hope you’ll join me on my writing journey.