Thursday, October 28, 2010

Oregon Trail....

So, today in my Woman's History class we talked about women who moved west. Which got me to thinking of the game a lot of us played as kids during our computer time at school. Oregon Trail.

So, with that in mind, I did what any normal person would do. After I ate lunch, I went to the computer and found the game online and began to play it.

All my people died on my first attempt. I lost some skills since first grade.

My second attempt went a lot better-only one person died!!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Egg nog and Tornados

I went grocery shopping over the weekend and found what I had been looking forward to since the beginning of the year. Egg nog. I freakin' love it! I've been waiting and waiting for the stores to begin to sell it, and finally...its here! You can bet your bottom dollar that I got some too! in my first class we took a quiz as soon as I wanted in. Then, after we had all handed them in, our phones all go off saying there is a tornado and to go to the basement. We were down there for 45 minutes before they let us back up. No tornado came near the campus, so good news there. Walking in the rain all day with no umbrella, not so great.

In other news I printed off a hard copy of my novel. I did this because I am hoping having it with me will help me get through it faster than if I just kept it all on the computer. Seeing the stack of 190 pages has sort of a thrilling feeling. Knowing that it's all my words (and there is a lot of them!) and its there on paper is such a cool feeling!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Excited for next semester

I chose the classes I want to take next semester. No History ones! All English! History is my minor and I have just about all the classes I need for it. I have many more English courses to take still. But by the end of next semester I will have 3 more down!!

My schedule in the Spring will be as follows:

Literary Interpretation
English Lit since 1800
Professional writing skills

How could one not get excited about that line up? I mean hello!?!

Now I just have to finish out this semester strong....

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Elgan: Why book publishing needs the Silicon Valley way

Elgan: Why book publishing needs the Silicon Valley way

The bug is back!

My writing bug bit me today. It's back.

It's been dormant for a while now, but I felt it and I know within the next few days I will be at my computer pounding away! I've known my story needed some major changes, but I wasn't sure what they needed to be exactly. I do now, and I have some ideas in mind. Changing the story and editing it is a bit task, but my excitement about it is growing every time I think about it!

I've also given some thought to self publishing. Just thoughts. More research is required for me to make any decisions on it. It's just I've been reading a lot of articles about the book business and its gotten me thinking. Next time I read a good one I will post it on here!

And on other random topics....

I'm not much of a studier. I never have been. I know I know how simply because my freshmen year in college I studied for a full 24 hours for my statistics class and did so well on my final I brought my grade up to a B. Normally though, I don't study. I don't like to study. When I study I never seem to remember things and all I can think is," gosh I know I studied that! But what exactly did it say?" Instead, this is what I do: Read all materials required in the class. Do homework( if there is any). Take notes during class and participate in class discussions. Do I ace my tests? Not usually, but I don't fail either. I'm simply saying all of this today because I have a test in a hour and I haven't studied for it. So...naturally I'm a little nervous.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Is in a reading mood...

Last night I for some reason got in the mood to read some fiction. Since I've been in school I haven't had the opportunities to read like I've wanted. So...anyone have a novel they think is worthwhile for me to read? I have several on my bookshelf just waiting for me but I have a feeling this reading frenzy I'm on is going to last. :)

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

New Directions

I haven't posted in a while.

My life is a bit different now. Nothing bad, just new experiences and new directions. Life has yet to turn out the way I thought it would. I take the turns as they come; I can't see any other option really.'s my update on my life right now:

I'm in school. I'm an English major. I'm only taking three classes, two of which are history (I am minoring in History), the other being English. So far so good. It's hard to keep up with the homework but somehow I am managing it. I have a paper due today for example and about 3 1/2 hours to work on it before its due. I know I will somehow pull it off. :)

Work is going fine. Busy. I applied for a promotion of sorts. Not sure if I will get it but I know I do my job well and that is what I'm trying to focus on. I like my job, its hard, demanding and stressful, but worth it and rewarding. I'm not sure if its what I want to do long term, but for now it is where I need to be.

I have a boyfriend now. :) My divorce was final about 6 months ago, but I mentally and emotionally left that marriage over a year ago. My boyfriend is awesome of course. (all new girlfriends say this but at the moment I find it to be true!) We have such an honest relationship its just mind blowing. I'm wondering why I never had this type of communcation when I was married. Things are somewhat serious I guess. We haven't said "I love you" but I'm beginning to wonder and think about if I do love him. We've also talked about our future and what that might include.

My relationship with God is still intact. It has changed some, in the eyes of others though I would think. I work Sunday mornings so going to church isn't really an option. I'm not sure I would go even if I could. After my divorce I've been having to reevualate things, taking things in and into perspective. I was hurt so badly by a man who claimed to be a Christian its hard for me to look at Christian men the same now. I know my views on life are more liberal now. I think its me just getting out from under the thumb of my husband and parents to some degree. I'm thinking for myself and not apoliging for my views. It's scary and thrilling all at the same time! Living in a bubble isn't right. You can't hide yourself away from the world. Experience is worth it. Living and making the most of what you have is everything.

Writing is still postponed. I'm thinking about it more often though, and I can feel my urge to write slowly come back over me. This break from writing is nessecary, but annoying as well. I needed this time to learn who I am and what I want to stand for. A rebirth of sorts. Writing for school is what I currently have to do. I'm learning lots in my English class. Although the writing for it is more techincal it is still helpful to learn. I have a better understanding of editing and proofreading. Which is very exciting and for some strange reason actually makes me excited to read over my work! I'm looking forward to the summer where I will be able to work harder on my own writing.

Expect more updates. This is it for now.