jacqueline valencia

Today I began my first retyping project at Getting Inside James Joyce’s Head (I am retyping Portrait Of The Artist As Young Man a page at a time every day).


I also started to write a book manuscript with the word count constraint of 216 words (whatever amount I retyped, I will type in my book immediately after my retype session). Today started with a sort personal gibberish journal entry, but I’m interested to see what this method will bring out in me.


It took me about twenty minutes or so to type out today’s Joyce passage. I began it with a thought that had been replaying in my brain. Joyce was fluent in several languages, having taught himself basic Norwegian in order to write Ibsen a fan letter. I’m fluent in English, Spanish, and some basic French. Last night while riding home on my bike the thought popped up…

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