Well, here we are! Week ten. Super weird that this will be my last blog post for my internship.
But this week has been a little odd, and that’s due to the fact that I flew into Denver yesterday. Since my flight was in the middle of the week, I only had so much time left to schedule meetings. And while I had quite a few meetings planned, those meetings fell through for various reasons and couldn’t be rescheduled. But that’s life I guess, and of course, also like life, sometimes things just happen to get worse before they get better.
The main thing that I did for week ten which wasn’t planned at all was redoing my notes for Judy’s manuscript. My computer happened to delete all my notes…notes that I spent a ton of time on. I was marking where I was laughing, or smiling, or feeling angry, where I stopped and why I stopped reading, things that were confusing plot-wise, things that didn’t make sense in terms of characters, amongst other regular edits. So it was absolutely painful to find that they weren’t anywhere to be found on my computer. I think it was also just painful because those notes were going to be really valuable to Judy, and the only reason I didn’t send them to her earlier was that she was going through some family issues and I didn’t want to add another thing onto her plate. But I think the one take away from this, if anything else, is to save my damn work. And then save it again. And then put a copy of it on my portable hard drive.
I remember for one of my courses at SCAD my professor remarked there would be at least one time when our work would get erased/deleted/eaten by our computer. So she told us we should always make backups of our work, and I was like “yeah sure, whatever.” And now that I write this, this sounds familiar, sort of like how I didn’t believe my writing professor when he said he would ruin reading for us. I probably should start believing in my professor more…
But anyways, yes, so I went through page by page of the manuscript again and marking down the things I remembered. Which characters I liked and thought were really well- rounded and well developed, where the tension was great, where the tension broke, all that good stuff and more. It wasn’t as fun the second time, because it was more of a reminder of how this whole thing could’ve been avoided if I saved my work, but you live and you learn. I still had fun.
I did a few other things, some website stuff and talking with Judy and Katherine, but that about wrapped up my tenth week. And while I’m glad to be having downtime in Denver before my senior year starts, I’m so glad that I got to do all of this for an internship.
It’s wasn’t a typical internship by any means. Some of my friends would go into offices and start working at 8 in the morning, get home at 5 in the evening…you know, the regular work thing. Which is cool and all, but I got to work according to my own schedule. There was no strict schedule I worked to and it made this internship a lot more enjoyable for me.
I also appreciate the fact that I got to work with four really incredible women writers. They all have very distinct styles and I love that they can get together and be each other’s support system (woohoo, women supporting women!). I also admire their ambition to write and publish novels, and also their straight up passion for writing in general. Being with them, I got to see their novel writing processes, and it isn’t easy. I don’t think there is one part of the novel writing process that’s a walk in the park, and because of that, I think it’s easy to lose passion. But they seemed so sure of themselves and so passionate about writing that when things got hard or didn’t go their way, they didn’t give up complete hope. I love that, and I appreciate them letting me into their group this summer. They taught me a ton about novel writing and publishing and gave me the hope that someday I could write a novel of my own.
But I guess that is it for this internship, and also it for this blog series! If you followed along this whole time, thank you for taking the time out of your day to read up on my little internship updates.
And going into the future, I think I’m going to get back into more lifestyle blog posts. That’s something that I really do enjoy doing and since these past ten weeks have set me up with a good weekly posting schedule, I’m going to do my best to stick to that still. So if you like that then stick around, my favorite season is almost here so I think that will also get me more into the blogging spirit.
So to wrap this whole thing up, thank you for reading, and I guess this is it. Goodbye internship of 2018, you will be missed!