The Extent to which I'll Go to Get Writing Time
Blog Post by Nancy Etchemendy - May.17.2008 - 10:30 am
"Unarctica," which tells the story of the expedition from the point of view of the three middle-school protagonists of my novel The Power of Un. The blog weaves each day's factual and scientific events into an adventure story. Yes, it's a pure experiment and will involve a lot of writing by the seat of the pants. But I'm game. The other blog, "Rime of the Modern Mariner: a Horror Writers Winter Journey to Darkest Antarctica," is for teens and anyone else who is interested. I have observed that most young people love nothing better than a scary story. So "Rime" mingles each day's events and science activities with my thoughts as a horror writer and amateur naturalist. I'm encouraging readers to participate by contributing comments and questions using the blogs' "Comments" feature -- another aspect of the thing that will make the writing challenges interesting and unpredictable. I am posting to these blogs occasionally during the run-up to the voyage and afterwards, and daily during the voyage, which begins on May 31, 2008 and ends on June 30, 2008. Assuming, of course, that I am not huddled in my dark cabin, unkempt, unwashed, and convinced that the water just on the other side of the hull is filled with seagoing zombies, while I reach desperately for my last gumi worm...
No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.”
I was born in Reno, Nevada in 1952. Deserts, sagebrush, horses, real cowboys and Indians, abandoned silver mines and the occasional mobster were everyday parts of my childhood. I had a lot of different pets, including but not limited to dogs (Sugar and Doggin...
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