It's 1:21 a.m. and I am sitting here, having just finished reading "Measure for Measure" for class tomorrow. I am still undecided about Shakespeare. I'm not sure whether to like him or not. I can honestly say I am not a huge fan of his comedies, so far.
Still working my way through Moby Dick, and I can honestly say I am enjoying it more more as I dive deeper and deeper within its pages. Melville was undeniably a genius. There, I said it. As I have had time to ruminate on Typee, my favor has also started to sway towards it.
Chaucer, is well, Chaucer. I like it well enough, I suppose. The more I know the language the better I understand his writing and the more I appreciate it. That goes for everything I am reading right now, really, but especially the Chaucer -- since Middle English is very different from Modern English.
Tomorrow I find out whether I move onto the next stage of the Amazon Breakthrough Writer Awards. I would be lying if I said I wasn't a little nervous, or that I won't be a little disappointed (if my pitch is rejected). In some ways I will be relieved, because, if I don't make it to the next stage, at this point, it is a comment on my pitch-writing and not on my novel-writing.
I am confident that with the advice I will get from my readers, I will be able to make is salable. I am confident that I have a good product, one worth reading, and whatever changes my readers suggest I will take into full consideration before I move on to trying to get it published.
Haven't had time lately to work on those last three stories. I am confident that I just need to carefully proofread them and tweak the language to my liking.
Well, I have to work bright and early at 9 a.m., so I should probably head to bed. I will try to meditate on this Shakespeare and do the supplementary reading before class tomorrow, and hopefully come to some sort of conclusion about the text so I don't sound like a complete idiot in class tomorrow evening. Looking forward to digging back into the Melville tomorrow. It was probably good to take a day off, though.
"Haste still pays haste, and leisure answers leisure;
Like doth quit like, and measure still for measure."