I love to write. I have been writing pretty much since I have been able to read stories.
For the past three years, I’ve been working on my doctorate. I spent several months this year writing my dissertation. Cranking out 187 pages about the impact of a literacy intervention course can take it out of you. It wears out the writing muscle, but it doesn’t satisfy the need to write.
Fortunately, now, I am done with schoolwork. (Well, my doctorate at least. C’mon, I get free tuition! I’m working on a graduate certificate in measurement, evaluation, and research.) But the writing itch is back, and this time, I’m satisfying it with fiction.
I graduated in the summer, and I took an undergraduate course this fall just for the heck of it. (Two, actually. One was Supernatural Folklore – greatest class ever.) The other class (also greatest class ever) was Psychology in Science Fiction. It really woke up my desire to do some science fiction writing, and I have decided to marry my love of writing with my desire to lose weight.
I’m going to write a science fiction short story about the different emotions, experiences, thoughts, and whatevers about losing weight. I’m also going to pursue publication of these. Now, it remains to be seen if I am good enough to be published, I suppose, but if I don’t try, then I’ll never be published.
My first story, still untitled, is about the stress of experience massive weight gain after a massive weight loss. After all… this was me at one point.
This is me at about 320. This is also an exceptionally good photo, because 320 is by no means an acceptable weight. (I’m 6’0”, not 8’2”.)
This is me in the present (well, at Halloween) at 425 pounds.
This was me a few weeks ago at my hooding ceremony on the night before graduation. (Before the actual hooding ceremony, so I’m just wearing my wizard robes here.)
There are a lot of emotions that I have to deal with. Embarrassment. Shame. Anger.
So I’m writing a story, set in the future, about a man named Marshall who is going through the same thing. With a sci-fi twist, of course.
I’m about 1500 words into the short story right now. As previously mentioned, I’m going to pursue publication, which means I won’t be sharing the stories I write here UNTIL I have amassed 20 rejections per story. Of course, if I am lucky enough to get published, I’ll certainly share where to find the story, but if not, it’ll take 20 rounds of rejections before I share it here.
This is something new I’m trying to keep me motivated. I’ll continue to share my progress, both in weight loss and writing.
See you on Friday with our 1st weekly weigh-in!