What I’m ReadingAfter reading an INSANE number of books for grad school, I’m finally able to read for fun! *happy dance* I just reread the first two Divergent books in preparation for ALLEGIANT (I was silly and put it on my Christmas list so I’m STILL WAITING to read it) and reread LOOKING FOR ALASKA, my favorite John Green book. Now I’m reading BASTARD OUT OF CAROLINA by Dorothy Allison, a book Tom (my favorite Susquehanna professor) recommended about a 10 year old girl growing up in a clan-like South Carolina family. It’s rich with a sense of place, voice and sharp dialogue.
I’m almost at my goal of 50 books in 2013. J Maybe at the end of the year I’ll post my book list!
What I’m WritingI’m not really writing anything at the moment…I’m kind of formulating story ideas in my head and saving them for next semester. I’m reading back through the 135 pages of THE NEW WORLD that I wrote over the summer and might add a little onto it while I’m home. I’m considering adapting it into a novella for my thesis (Oh GOD the “T” word! One semester into grad school and it already fills me with fear!). I need 120 total pages for my thesis, so I’m thinking about doing a collection of short stories plus a novella, maybe 60 pages of each.
What’s Inspiring Me NowBeing around my family and just being able to relax at home! It’s been so nice to just decompress and not have to worry about deadlines and required readings.
What Else I’ve Been Up To
|Not pictured: another bag full of yarn!|
Crocheting! I’m attempting my first ever wave-stitch afghan and bought a TON of yarn yesterday. It’s still a little early in the process to tell, but I’m hoping it’ll turn out well. I’ve finally mastered the stitch pattern, but it takes more concentration (and counting) than my other projects.
TV! It's so nice to be able to watch mind-numbing amounts of TV again. Although all my shows seem to be going on INSANELY long hiatuses (Once Upon a Time AND its Wonderland counterpart won't be back until March!), which is a little lousy. But my brother and I watch our Supernatural DVDs whenever we have a chance. Gotta love brother/sister bonding where we cower in fear in front of the TV!
Movies! Literally three hours after I got home from Pittsburgh, we were sitting in the movie theater, watching Frozen. I LOVE DISNEY MOVIES! Frozen was adorable and had me tearing up in the first 10 minutes. There are a ton of other movies I’m hoping to see while I’m home: Saving Mr. Banks, The Book Thief, and American Hustle with my girl crush, Jennifer Lawrence! (I also wouldn’t object to a third go-round with Catching Fire.)
What have you been up to lately?