Saturday, September 17, 2011

September Catch-Up

First of all, a new layout/design! The orgiami animals are from a textile I saw in Ikea that I may still go back for. I can't sew (ah, well, I can, but badly), but...I know people who can, and that's what matters! There were other animals, too, including a bison/buffalo.

So, school has started, and I'm now a second-year Fiction student. I submitted the first part ("chapter" would be an overstatement) of a novel to workshop already (was unlucky enough to be up at bat first), and I was really surprised by the positive response to the weird, magical element in those pages, and questions/suggestions of how I could tease that into the other sections. It was hugely encouraging, and one of the reasons why is because the scenes of strangeness were parts I had written on an inspired whim. The rest of it was more or less forced. So it was interesting to see that people definitely responded more to the part where there was more heart and blood going to it, I guess.

Other school news: Teaching two classes is hard. And that's all I have to say on that, haha.

I'm reading Lisel and Po by Lauren Oliver for fun (and for Figment), and Falling Man by Don DeLillo for class.

But I also have The Night Circus and The Shadow of the Wind on my nightstand. Too many books! I think those are next on my reading list, though...or maybe Divergent, which a friend characterized as "Hunger Games-enjoyment level." Which is huge.

1 comment:

  1. I'm loving the colors of your new layout (the rose hyperlink hover color is such a fun surprise!), as well as the adorable origami graphics.

    Do let me know what you think of The Night Circus! The more I reread the ending, the more I'm dissatisfied. (That said, the book is still worth reading.)