This economy has made the extra layer of life seem frivolous. I saw a bright yellow Hummer parked a few spaces down from my tiny little (aren't I virtuous?!) MINI a couple of days ago, and I truly stared. Given the state of the universe, the cost of petro-chemicals, and the price of everything, I wonder what it feels like to drive something that gets about 7 miles to the gallon. When I drive into the lot of my suburban gym, what I see are a lot of Suburbans. Big ass cars and SUVs, but fewer of them seem to be swathed in the dirty mud of the recently-Tahoed. (Have you ever noticed that "Save Tahoe" stickers are mostly found on SUVs?)
So given the fact that we are trying to consume less, and save more, we retrench.
Now this is good when you own a Hummer (how much could you get for that on the open market, if anything?). But it's not good when you are trying to continue on in the study of your avocation or hoped for vocation.
Two options to assist you in this goal.
The first is a one month, short term sex scene writing class. How does this help you? Well, first read my blog about how to write a sex scene, and you will get my position (yuck, yuck) on sex scene writing. And then consider the novel or short story you are writing. If there is a sex scene, is it doing more than throwing body parts around? If not, consider signing up for this class at Yosemite Romance Writers. This is not just for romance writers but writers of all genres. And--here's the economical point. It's 25 dollars for a month of writing and instruction.
The second class is my online novel two class for UCLA Extension. Why it's great for you is that you don't have to drive anywhere in your Hummer to get there. You can take the class in your pajamas. In fact, I'm writing this right now in my pajamas! You can type at 2 in the morning or 2 in the afternoon. The initial fee is big, but you save on clothing, gas, and there will be no unnecessary social interaction (who needs that! You are writing a novel, for god's sake).
Go to the UCLA site for further details.
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