Friday, June 17, 2011

Shakespeare, Summer and Sleeping Beauty

There are reasons I haven't been posting on here... none of them are very good, but I will tell you anyway.

First of all, I've been working on condensing Hamlet and re-writing it in modern English. I started it just for fun, (yes, I have a weird sense of fun) but it has been really interesting and enlightening. I've had to decide which parts to leave out and which are important to the central plot, and it's made me so much more aware of what a good storyteller Shakespeare was. Translating it into modern English is also really difficult because nearly everything Hamlet says has a double (or triple!) meaning.

To post it on here, or not to post it? That is the question. : ) Let me know in the comments.

Secondly, I just haven't had much to write about. I've been going to a class two nights a week, going to work the other two days, babysitting Wednesday nights, reading several books and condensing Hamlet.

I wish I could say that another reason is that I've been writing my story, but I haven't started yet. I think I'm afraid to actually start writing it since the idea has been with me for over a year. I've been planning it out and trying to develop a subplot before I start, but I think I might have an idea for that now. I thought of it in class this evening and immediately wrote it down. I'm planning on starting the actual writing tomorrow afternoon, so wish me luck.  



Thea said...

I'm kinda scared about a modern Hamlet, but I would be interested to read anything you modified. I hope that writing is going well.

Anonymous said...

I, for one, would love to read your modernized version of Hamlet. It sounds very interesting so far, as does the process of editing.

Best of luck with it! :)