This last month…

Month in Review:

  • Finished the last third of Jumper: Griffin’s Story
  • Critiqued 12,000 words for my writing critique group
  • My baby got an ear infection
  • Read The Lightning Thief
  • Lost 8 days of my life to a sinus infection
  • Spent one weekend gathering letters of recommendation (thank you for the contributors) and writing essays for a grad school application
  • Critiqued 92,000 words for an anthology project
  • Didn’t get a chance to write anything fictional


Over this last month I have learned that:

  • I don’t like it when my baby has an ear infection
  • Babies become, um, explosive when antibiotics are involved
  • Sinus infections are awful
  • Critiquing 104,000 words in one month is a large amount, and trying to get a group of people to critique that much is stressful
  • It is difficult to get letters of reference and transcripts in a timely fashion
  • I miss writing when I don’t get to do it

About R. Garrett Wilson

I am a member of the Stanislaus World Builders writing group and have participated in the FSFW writing group. I have written one drama that was based on the book of Mark and performed at my church in 2007. My story, Journeyer, is published in Analog Magazine and a novelette, The Bakrra Encounter, in the FSFW 2010 anthology, I Dreamed a Crooked Dream. I also took part in the community novel project, Stanislaus Reads and Writes, and have a chapter in their novel, Ashes in a Teardrop. Beyond writing, I enjoy road trips, photography, woodworking, watching tennis and cycling, and reading.
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6 Responses to This last month…

  1. Myrna Foster says:

    Did you like THE LIGHTNING THIEF? I liked THE SEA OF MONSTERS even better, but then I loved THE ODYSSEY, by Homer.

    I’m sorry you didn’t get to write fiction last month and for the infections.

    • I did like The Lightning Thief. Rick Riordan has a very smooth writing style that allows the pages to just fly by. There was more violence than I like, considering the target age group, but I guess it wasn’t that much more than The Sorcerer’s Stone. I’m probably going to buy the next one, sometime – when I have time. :)

  2. roh says:

    I’m right with ya, Ryan!

    Definitely suffering from critique fatigue!

    • Yeah, critique burnout was a problem. For next year, we might do it differently – maybe break everyone into two review groups, a sci-fi group and a fantasy group. Don’t know, just thinking out loud. It would cut back on the critiques, both given and received. I believe there were six sci-fi pieces submitted and six fantasy pieces, so it would have been a good split this year. We’ll have to see when we get there.

  3. Oooh . . . babies and antibiotics . . . I know about that one. I’ll just say that yogurt is our friend. :)

    Glad you made it through the month!

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