After all of the rain we've been getting here in Chicago, I'm ready for it to be sunny. Fortunately, we've had sun now, for the past couple of days. I'm afraid to look up the forecast just in case there's more rain on the way. I know, who cares what the weather is where I am? Well, it rained so freakin' hard last week, that my neighborhood was flooded. Bad. Like, people displaced from their homes bad. We were fortunate not to be affected, but here's a picture of a branch of the Chicago River that's just a block or so away from my house. I'm standing on the trail, which goes off to the right of the tree. As you can see, it's completely submerged. I took this picture last weekend, when the rains had mostly stopped. I'll bet the river was worse during the actual storms.
I'm stuck on a short story I've been working on for, well, in its current incarnation, the past two weeks, though it seems longer. I wrote the original version about a month ago, for speakeasy #102, in which the first line, "It was impossible," was provided by Suzanne of Apoplectic Apostrophes. The word limit was 500 words, but as regular readers know, I've been trying to write longer pieces, so mine went over. Now, the first line is completely different, and I have finished part one of what I think will be a two-part piece. And I'm at around 2400 words! Woo hoo! I'm sure it will get pared down after revisions, but so far I'm happy with what I have.
Also, we're going to start workshopping our stories in my fiction class in two weeks and two people are supposed to bring in hard copies for everyone on Wednesday. The instructor asked for volunteers, and since I feel stuck and could use some feedback, I raised my hand. We're still waiting for a second volunteer. I'm nervous, big surprise. I'm familiar with the workshop setting because that's how my poetry classes were conducted in grad school. But this is different because I'm still so new to writing fiction.
How was your week?
Linking up with the folks at yeah write this weekend for the moonshine grid #106. Hope to see you there!