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Sunday, December 31, 2006

Changing Scope and End of the Year

I finished reading Francine Prose's "Reading Like a Writer." It was really a pleasant surprise to see her quoting Zbigniew Hebert at the end. Hebert is a Polish writer I discovered in 1996 when I purchased "Still Life with a Bridle" at an old bookstore in Georgetown right before I began graduate school. Prose's book was a nice way of ending the year, as I realize I have to change my presently passive mode of just reading and absorbing and take the more active approach of thinking like a writer. I have debated for years what it takes to be a writer, even after two degrees in writing. There's always some insecurity that makes me believe I am more of a poser than an actual writer. But there's quite a bit of blogging to prove otherwise. I mean, blogging should be categorize as a writing activity as well. And what about my Moleskine notebooks? That's a lot of writing indeed!

So I have changed the mode of this blog to include my ideas about writing and teaching as well. I believe this will add to the blog a more active approach, reflecting more of my daily ideas and thoughts. Since I am teaching all history the second semester, the blog might reflect quite a bit of my additional readings in history. I am looking forward to this new scope.

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At 2:02 PM, Blogger Meu Mundo Feliz said...

Feliz ano novo.

At 4:48 PM, Blogger Orange Blossom Goddess (aka Heather) said...

Sounds like a great focus for the new year.


At 6:07 PM, Blogger David Hodges said...

So, how did you find your way to A Curious Singularity? Following a link from Kafka? Or Short Story? Maybe you'll consider contributing some comments to the upcoming Hemingway conversation.

At 5:19 AM, Blogger Susan Abraham said...

Hello JCR,
Indeed, blogging helped me rediscover my writing voice to be able to write fiction seriously again. This after some years of not having engaged in any form of creative writing.
And blogging's a terrific discipline too, on the way to forming a good writing timetable & habit.
Have fun.


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