On Life and Love

Creativity for the win.

A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that I wanted to write three creative works during the week following the post. I didn’t completely succeed, but I did write a private poem and a very, very short Julie Czerneda-like flash titled “Lost Prey“. Eh.

The bigger success however, was the Bible as Literature assignment I alluded to last week. The assignment was merely to: “rewrite, retell, and/or revise a story from the Hebrew Bible into a work of fiction, your take on the literature of the Bible.” My response? The core of the debate in the book of Job as hip-hop poetry.

It took me a solid week, but I think it’s pretty good. I did learn/accomplish two things in the process, however:

  1. This is undoubtedly the lengthiest piece of poetry I’ve ever written, coming in at something like 100 lines.
  2. I can safely mark off “hip hop artist” from my list of possible occupations. I absolutely suck at writing lyrical poetry with any degree of complexity, even with an instrumental track to assist.

That said, it was hella fun to write, and I’m pretty proud of myself for sticking with it. I’ve never taken the creative writing option when it’s been offered in various literature classes, and it’s about time I did. I’ll probably post it during Thanksgiving break, along with another essay I wrote from this course.

I also have an idea for NaNoWriMo, which starts in a couple of days. My only concern is that I don’t want to write a piece that reads entirely like a Julie Czerneda novel, since I’ve read 5 of her books in very recent history.