to share or not to share?

A question to my fellow bloggers who are also writers or perhaps vice versa:

How do you feel about posting snippets or passages of your writing on your blog for public consumption? It's something I've struggled with recently, with all of the usual (I'm presuming) fears. I like it, but can others? Does it make sense? Do you (as a reader) want to read more? And, for me, the most pressing - will putting it out there change my perspective on it? Can I finish writing when I'm already receiving input? Will I be intimidated and not finish?

It's a big jumble of fear.

I suppose an issue for me is that I don't write sequentially, though I know now most of the gaps that I need to fill in and have a decent enough mental draft of how things will go. My brain will fill in the character progression in between; I reckon it's fairly decent at doing that job. 

That's the funny thing about writing, I guess. The more you want to share it with people, the more you're afraid it could all just fall apart. Tenuous at times, isn't it?

(And, have no fear, there will be a review up this weekend for Fever after I finish writing my midterms; they end Friday.)

in my mailbox (32)

In My Mailbox, hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren, allows us to share our
current reads, and books we've received/checked out/purchased over the course of the week.

This post sort of encapsulates why I'm so behind on the blogging life. I'll be sharing three piles of books today: one is my leisure books that I desperately would love to start but haven't been able to; the second is a the books I have to read for my Heroines class; the third is for one of my political theory classes (though I haven't purchased all of the books yet).

Pandemonium, Lauren Oliver                                            The Portrait of a Lady, Henry James
Article 5, Kristen Simmons                                                Sister Carrie, Theodore Dreiser
Harbinger, Sara Wilson √Čtienne                                         The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath
Fever, Lauren Oliver                                                          The Custom of the Country, Edith Warton
The Inheritance Trilogy, Christopher Paolini                     Recollections of My Life as a Woman, DiPrima
                                                                                           Praisesong of the Widow, Paule Marshall
                                                                                           The House of Mirth, Edith Warton

The Politics of the Veil, Joan Wallach Scott
The Law of Peoples, John Rawls
and Bibliography for Research, David Weissbrodt et. all
Selected topics on human rights theory course packet

This doesn't include the packets upon packets I'm reading for my other theory class. Warning: if you're ever thinking about majoring in the social sciences, particularly political science and/or human rights be ready to readreadread. It's a good thing I kind of like that reading thing. ;)

You may kind of see why I'm slightly behind. In fact while I'm drafting this post I should be finishing up Sister Carrie, an accompanying journal article discussing the book, and preparing for a presentation on it and another presentation for another class tomorrow. It's also a good thing I like school! So, I have all of these great non-school leisure books and I'm going to start picking at them one by one, slowly, until I finish the pile I have before requesting any others (unless something on my I've-been-waiting-for-this-forever pile comes up).

What's in your mailboxes this week, friends? I reckon I'm probably a bit behind on le(s) new books so I'm super excited to check all of your posts out later. :)

follow friday (30)

Q: What book would you love to see made into a movie or television show and do you have actors/actresses in mind to play the main characters?

If it could be done in a fitting manner, The Night Circus would be absolutely stunning. It would need to be a film and you'd have to have someone artistic like Guillermo del Toro - though not necessarily him - to direct it. When I read books I don't imagine them with a specific cast in mind; the freedom to imagine the landscape and the characters as information comes across little by little is the best possible thing about a book for me.

One must would be though that Celia be played by an American and Marco someone English. Bad accents or having to try harder than necessary to envision a character rather throws me off.

I'm sort of imagining a cutout (stop-motion) animation title that bleeds into the opening scene. I could go on, but, you get the idea.


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