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Day 18 and I am at the 30,000 word mark! I might actually finish this thing…
Donate to support my illicit writing habit! You give a donation, I promise not to make you read what I write. – Clancy’s fundraising page for The Office of Letters and Light
My goal for the next two days is 5400 words. Why, you ask? Because I really want to take Sunday off. A lot.
For those of you who may think 2700 words a day is no big thing, I urge you to give it a shot. I’m not sure I will survive the experience.
That is all…
According to 1860 census data, South Carolina had the highest percentage (57.2%) of its population as slaves in the U.S. Beaufort County (82.8%) and Georgetown County (85.7%) represented the significant impact of slave populations along the coast.
The legacy of the scar of slavery in SC remains in the form of I-95 and what is now recognized as the “Corridor of Shame”—a collection of public schools bordering that interstate highway and serving in some of the highest poverty areas of SC.
Another legacy of the South is school segregation. A 2012 report from The Civil Rights project detailed the rise of re-segregated schools across the South:
Black and Latino students in the South attend schools defined by double isolation by both race and poverty. The South reports…
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Here’s a crumb to keep you people off my back (see what I did there?), now leave me alone so I can get back to work!
So, if any of my followers are wondering why I haven’t written any blog posts recently… here’s why. I took the plunge this year and entered the National Novel Writing Month contest. 50,000 words in 30 days. That sounded easy when the page was empty, but cranking out over 1600 words a day–that have to make sense–is harder than it sounds. Plus, with my one superpower known as procrastination, weekend writing is problematic at best. The upshot is that I have to put about 4000 words in the old text editor by the end of today just to keep up. I actually managed over 3000 yesterday, so who knows.
For anyone who has ever thought about taking up writing as a vocation, first, see your doctor. If you still have the itch, this type of contest (no prizes, just recognition) is a great motivator. It feels like a job, and that’s a good thing. The other problem for me right now is that I was on the last stages of completing a short story to submit to a workshop, with one currently in the pipeline to be workshopped, and another that just finished. That last one had so many great comments that I’m ready to use them to do my last round of editing before submitting for publication.
It’s good to be busy again, but…damn.