First, I have to say sometimes it's harder to think of pithy blog-post titles than it is to come up with the blog post itself.
With that said, I shall continue. Come Monday, I'll be a student again, kind of. I signed up for an online course through Stanford Continuing Education. The title of the course is "The Essential Art: Making Movies in Your Reader's Mind." It's being taught by Seth Harwood, who wrote Jack Wakes Up. It was a book I enjoyed and having met Seth online and then at Bouchercon 2009 I decided his class was the one I wanted to take; I'd been toying with the idea of taking an online writing course for awhile and this just seemed to be the right time.
I have two goals for the class. The first, of course, is to enhance Diary of Bedlam with the writing techniques I hope to learn. The second is to write a short story which I plan to submit to the MWA anthology. I've never written a short story and it will be good to have Seth and my classmates as a sounding board in this endeavor. I've already got an idea for that story but as always, I'm worried about the writing of it–I wonder if there will ever come a time when I feel confident in my ability to write a given story?
What about you? Are you embarking on any new adventures in 2010? A new job or a class? Do tell!