( Feb. 7th, 2011 10:46 am)
First off, thanks to everyone who commented on my last post. There were some pretty interesting discussions of what constituted literature and how I should approach this assignment. I really appreciate hearing everyone's opinions and suggestions. I have a rough, rough draft of what I'm going to turn in. It's a very introspective piece set during a road trip as Sam (the character from the first NaNoWriMo novel I ever wrote) drives down from college to go to his father's wedding. It follows directly from the end of the novel, which was not my best. I'm hoping to clean it up/entirely overhaul it and get it up here sometime.

If I've been a bit absent lately, it's entirely because of the conference I attended over Friday and Saturday, as well as all of the things I had to do as a result of dropping everything in my life for two days (who knew how stressful that would be?).

What I did, what I learned, and what I walked away with... )
( Jan. 12th, 2011 10:55 pm)
So technically today was only my second day of classes, but a lot of things have happened. I had to drop Genetics because of prerequisites that I haven't taken, but which were not on the course's description page. I also ended up dropping Public Communication- I've heard that all the professors go about it differently, but mine was a) not a good speaker herself, b) focused on making us all communication majors and c) guiding the class entirely toward politics and public policy, which I am not interested in. Perhaps I'll try and take the course sometime in the future, with a different professor.

classes and crazy random happenstances )

Well guys, that's all I've got for the moment. Hope everyone is doing okay!
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( Nov. 7th, 2010 10:42 am)
It's a good thing there was no reason for me to wake up today. I completely forgot about the time change, which made for a nice hour of reveling, lounging, reading and generally wasting time once my phone reminded me. I can't think of a better way to have started the day!

I've talked quite a bit about NaNo on here, or over at [livejournal.com profile] nano_haven , so I figure it's about time I admit what I'm actually working on. It will probably never be posted here in its current form, for a variety of reasons not the least of which being that it needs quite a bit of editing, but it seems kind of likely that you'll see it eventually. I'm working in the Memory Thief verse, following the separate lives of three different characters.

Malachi, Peter, and Seth... )

Aside from working on NaNo, I'm also kind of doing a ridiculous amount of writing. I'm working variably on fills for [livejournal.com profile] shkinkmeme (which I would totally link you to, if anyone is interested at all; they range from fluff to incredibly horribly dark, and pre-established relationship to settled down), as well as plotting out a short zombie fic (remember Trent and Yuri, anyone?) and poking at Something to Believe In. I also updated my master list, so it is now completely accurate and up to date.

Aside from that, I am studiously ignoring my philosophy paper and refraining from thinking to pointedly about all the research I need to finish for my UW. I'm pretty sure I need 5-8 more sources for my annotated bibliography. D:

Also, my roommate and I actually have plans to hang out. She's obsessed with Masterpiece Theater and has finally figured out what channel it's on here. As it just so happens, Masterpiece has been playing Sherlock for the past two Sundays and the final episode is tonight (how in the hell I missed this, I will never understand). Point being, we're watching together! I so need a Sherlock icon...And I'm also using it as an excuse to re-watch the first two episodes
( Nov. 1st, 2010 03:24 pm)
Frantic catch up between noveling and research for my latest UW Paper:

The weekend was generally lovely. Caught up with Will and company (his lady friend, a friend of his who actually goes to my school and is an acquaintance, said acquaintance's cousin and that cousin's friend) on Friday evening. We chilled and talked and wandered about a bit. Saturday we went to the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Peace. It was the first rally I've been to (for shame, I know, living in the nation's capital and not going) and it was... well, all the signs were funny and once things started happening it was entertaining enough. Aside from that it was full of standing for hours on end and not eating anything substantial. But it was pretty cool to go all the same.

Cue more hanging out, eating, laying around and watching random episodes of Doctor Who and Torchwood with Morgan, Will, and the gf. It was a good time, even if she was clingy and kind of annoying even if I don't generally like Will's "type" of girl. (Sorry, man.)

Throughout all of this I was still throat sore. By Sunday I had developed a terrible cough and had lost my voice almost entirely. It's still not back yet, though the cough is more manageable. Anyway, as a result of my health I barely left my room on Sunday and therefore didn't participate in any Halloween goings on. So no dragon costume/pictures. :(

But now I'm working dutifully on my novel (I'm afraid I really do need to stop and try and plan something. I have a very general idea and am familiar with the world in which it is set, but as far as actual plot goes, I'm kind of lacking). I'm also working dutifully on the next UW paper I have. If I haven't mentioned it before, I really do love that class. It's not even just the people, but the assignments and the freedom. For our last paper I wrote about slam and beat poetry, how they rose out of pressure from certain aspects out of culture and the potential effects such poetry movements could have on culture. It was fascinating. So now I'm researching for my paper exploring the manifestations of a poet's gender and sexual orientation in his/her work in slam poetry and the importance of such poetry. Gender studies and feminist theory is really, really interesting.

On that note, I had better get back to work. Toodles, all!
( Oct. 12th, 2010 03:19 pm)
There is something magical about Tuesday afternoons.

Perhaps its the fact that it seems to be my day to take an hour or hour and a half nap. I have a lovely routine going: finish class at noon, come home and sleep, get up and eat lunch, then relax until next big important thing to do comes along.

Along with eating lunch, I checked my mail (they're in the same building) and found a card from my parents, which included about $85 total in gift cards to very important places like CVS and Safeway (for prescriptions and groceries), and then two for fun- Noodles & Company and Barnes & Noble. So that's pretty exciting and made my day a little bit. Hooray!

I can't believe I forgot to mention this earlier- one of the projects my UW class is the creation of a blog. The class split into groups and every couple of weeks all the members of one group have to post about a specific topic. My group's topic was to expand on the concept of poetry in regards to Mark Nowak's book Coal Mountain Elementary. The first cool thing, was that a couple of days later our professor reported that Mark Nowak had contacted her, and said: ...tell your students I very much enjoyed reading their critical responses to the book! --& that I agree with those who said it is poetry, and agree equally with those who said it's not!! So how cool is that? Feedback from the author himself! Then, the second cool thing came in another email. After each group posts, the professor sends out an email highlighting the best entries and she mentioned mine as being very good! I got an A on that assignment and I'm pretty excited about that, especially since I don't know how I've done on the papers so far.
( Oct. 12th, 2010 12:04 am)
Oh dearest LJ friends- you should be proud of me. Really, you should. I'm sure the endless accounts of my (slightly pathetic) journey to find acceptance at college are beginning to wear thin- but I come to you with hope! Today I saw/talked with some very awesome people! I say saw because I didn't actually talk with the first one I want to tell you about- Jane Goodall!

Jane, some slightly less famous people, and the obnoxious couple outside my window. )
The next section in my UW-20 class is about slam poetry. My professor turned me onto poet Andrea Gibson, who recently performed at a queer themed slam in DC. I've watched this video twice, and it still gives me goosebumps. She's a very moving artist and I definitely recommend that everyone look her up. This video is powerful as well. Girl love. <3

(This video references rape, be advised.)


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