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This quarter has been keeping me much busier than I ever anticipated.  I have lots of news to share with you!  First and foremost, I want to let you know that I am the new Assistant Resident Director of Swig Hall effective next year!  This is a promotion from the position I currently hold as Community Facilitator (also know in more traditional halls as an Resident Adviser or RA).  It’s exciting to be in a position with more administrative responsibility.  Needless to say, it will come with a new set of challenges and I’m sure I will have a lot to share with you all in the future.

My classes this quarter are amazing.  I’m only taking three full time classes and one research project.  The research project is exciting because I will be working with professors that I deeply admire to write an article that will be PUBLISHED!  More on this to come as it is a touch and go project.  We are still figuring out exactly what this will look like, but I’m excited.

My other classes are much more traditional.  I’m taking a Victorian Literature Class with an amazing reading list.  I plan to do some reviews on all of the short stories and novels that I’ve read for the class.  I have a midterm coming up and I figure the reviews will be a great way to prep for the test.

I’m also taking a Shakespeare class.  My teacher is amazing. I’ve always loved Shakespeare, but she brings him out of the past and into the present demonstrating that the issues he addresses are still deeply relevant in a modern society.  Shocking but oh so true.  More on this to come later.  I’m definitely dying to talk about the play that we are reading: we started the quarter off with Hamlet and moved on to Othello.  Both are amazing, obviously, and I even have some film reviews as I have to see film versions of the play for class.

Lastly, I’m taking a women and politics class.  It’s a very interesting and insightful class.  It has already informed on so much and I’m looking forward to picking a topic for research.  There aren’t any books for the class that really need to be reviewed on here, but I’m sure that the information that I learn from this class will be relevant in conversations both now and in the future.

The good news is that I’m dedicated to returning and turning this blog into something stronger.  I have a lot of new found energy that I think will be perfect for a comeback!


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I have been so busy these past couple days!  I feel like I’m already beginning to neglect my blog.  In in the middle of reading The Art of Racing in the Rain and I’m absolutely loving it.  Expect a review either later today or tomorrow.  The book is difficult to put down because I am dying to know how it is going to end – but at the same time, I have to take breaks every now and then because I get so sad/mad/frustrated at what is happening to the characters that I’ve already grown to love.  More on this in the future …

This weekend, in celebration of my birthday which was last week (August 16), my parents took me up to the city (San Francisco) to see Wicked.  It was absolutely delightful.  I haven’t been to a musical in a while and I forgot how much fun they can be.  The show was funny, the music was delightful, the stage was beautiful and the special effects were phenomenal.  The story was extremely enjoyable: an interesting take on the classical story of Dorothy and Oz.  I have the book, but haven’t had a chance to read it yet – seeing the musical definitely makes me want to dig in sooner than later.  I’m sure that many of you have already read it or other books by Gregory Maguire – any insights on the book you’d like to share?  My sister read it, but didn’t have much to say afterward (extremely disappointing!) so I’m looking for some thoughts on the book before I get around to reading it myself.

In other news … I have also added a lot of new blogs to my google reader (it’s taking up a lot of time, but I’ve found it to be an enjoyable way of passing the time at work).  You all have such amazing insight and are reading such a diverse selection of books that I can’t help myself.  I’m going to be spending some time reading your blogs: getting some tips, ideas, ect so look out or my comments of awe and apreciation.  As I was reading, I was wondering, when a new reader comes along, do you like him/her to just start commenting on your posts, or do you like him/her to make an introduction in a comment first so you know who this person is and can check out his/her blog?  Personally, I have no idea what I prefer.  I like the idea of an introduction so I can know who is reading my blog – sometimes I wonder if anyone is reading this! – but I appreciate comments no matter what.  Do you even think about these things dear reader?  I find myself obsessing over them lately and constantly checking my blog for comments or some sort of life.  Maybe I’m just losing my mind?

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This is a new blog – anyone who is reading it knows that – so I’m going to experiment with different components it might take on as it grows.  I want it to primarily be book reviews and other book related topics, but I think that my progress with writing is something that might interest people.  Thanks to writemeg, I have discovered a wonderful challenge that will hopefully help me get to my goal of finishing my first novel!

National Novel Writing Month runs from November 1 to November 30 and I’m already anxiously anticipating it!  I need serious motivation when it comes to writing – I get easily discouraged and have serious self-doubt issues when it comes to my written work.  This challenge encourages turning off the inner critcal editor and just WRITING for the sake of getting those ideas onto paper.  Sounds difficult but it is an important piece of the writing process according to most of what I’ve learned from my fiction writing class.  I’m encouraging anyone who is interested in writing a novel themselves (instead of just reading and reviewing them) to join me in the challenge of writing through November!

Also … any feedback on these little personal items?  Are they something readers like?  I’m still crafting exactly what this blog will entail and I’m not sure what to include and or cut.

UPDATE ON MY READING STATUS: Still working my way through Catch 22.  I plan to finish it and review it on Saturday.  This week has been incredibly hectic and I’ve found it difficult to find sufficient time for reading.  Also, I’ve had some trouble really getting into the book.  More about that on Saturday when I post the review.  Until then, happy reading (and maybe writing?).

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