Hi everyone! No I’m not the “lord” of ROW updates, however, I am reviewing Lord of the Flies this week so thought I’d be clever. For a moment. Yeah. Overall I had a good week, but we’ll get to that in a minute. First…
Primal and visceral are the heart of Lord of the Flies. Take a group of mostly preteen boys and drop them on a deserted island and then watch a society evolve out of the chaos. Without the presence of an adult the boys at first act in the interest of survival but lack of knowledge and experience drive them in different directions, pitting intelligence against might. The two micro-societies that evolve, one desiring rescue and peace, the other following the cruel rules of survival-of-the-fittest come into heated conflict. In the end, the harsh conditions of life on the island and the boys superstition drive most of the boys to savage behavior culminating in several murders and climaxing in a page turning man hunt.
William Golding did a fantastic job in showing the various power structures that sift into adult society and by using boys (rather than adults or girls) he removed the strictures of civilization so that the fallacies of polite society would be exposed for the readers viewing. While I did see the movie version of this story years ago the book captures a depth that was compelling, frightening and spot on. Lord of the Flies is a gripping tale and if you haven’t read it already I’d highly recommend this book – just don’t read it alone at night on a deserted island – the beast may find you.
And now, this weeks ROW update…
-Write 7k of fiction a week. I continue to exceed this amount and have spent the week writing test scenes/chapters for my WWBC project in an attempt to find the key element I’ve been struggling with. This led to a change of the main character’s profession and a strong overview of the story world and what I want to do. I feel the story concept getting stronger and think I should have a handle on it soon.
-WWBC assignments in on time. Working on this as noted above. While it isn’t moving as fast as I’d like, progress is progress and I’m determined to succeed here.
-30 minutes of treadmill 6 days a week. I “only” was able to get 5 walks in this week but am still in good shape. I gave up a walk to go with my wife to see Leonardo Live featuring the Da Vinci exhibit at the National Gallery in London. Well worth the watch. I’ll be walking every day this coming week to make up for it and am still in excellent shape to meet the Marcia Richards challenge this round (48 walks in 60 days – 14 completed so far).
-Read one craft and three fiction books by March 21. The craft book is done as is the first fiction book (Lord of the Flies). I am making a slight change to this goal: two craft books and two fiction – which leaves me with one and one. I received a copy of Christopher Vogler’s “The Writer’s Journey” earlier in the week which is one I’ve wanted to read for months. I’m already close to 100 pages into it and loving every second. Vogler is a fantastic writer and mind with a depth of experience revolving around Joseph Campbell’s “Hero of a Thousand Faces” monomyth concept.
-Keep up sponsor duties. I visited 28 fantastic ROWer’s last week and plan as many stops between today and tomorrow. I know many Word Press users have found it difficult to post on Blogger sites. Here is a solution: I’ve found that using Name/URL rather than Open ID or Word Press ID works the best (never failed to post with this method). As a secondary, Google ID works well and the account is easy to set up if you already use G-mail. Since part of ROW is supporting each other I’d encourage all participants to make commenting as easy as possible without compromising your security.
That’s all for today. Carpe diem.