Showing posts from May, 2008


So I'm doing the backpacking thing and it's totally true what they say about total strangers abroad being close. I'm hanging out with a Canadian and my friend Chris and I'm equally comfortable with each of them. We're talking about our grandmothers' mortality and past relationships and it's so open. It's so intimate and scary to be alone, so we cling to each other, in this strange place. That's all we can do.

Ah, the Muse

So. I'm working on writing my novel, or rather I'm sitting here blogging instead of writing my novel because it's really easy to get distracted. I think I have to become one of those "first-thing-in-the morning" writers because the 3-4 pm time is really my most useless time of day (and yes, you may point out that it's only a quarter to 2 and I'm still rather useless, aren't I?). I was so good last week and wrote a lot, even 12-15 pages at one sitting, but I know I need to just sit down and pound it out. It's feeling a lot like my thesis. The word /thesis/ sits pretty heavily down on me as a new topic that caused (a) a lot of procrastination in starting it (b) a lot of procrastination in doing it (c) the feeling that when I did it, I ought to be more monumental that what I actually had to say and (d) a certain degree of stiffness in the writing because, after all, it was my THESIS. I think the same thing goes with writing a novel. Somehow I'm mo

Study for the GRE and Save the World

In one easy website. (Perhaps it's everyone besides me who knew this already.)

Because It's Summer and I Want To

Although I wrote 15 pages on my novel today, need to mow the lawn, learn Latin, buy stuff for Europe and go running, here I am... Four Movies I could Watch over and over: 1. The Italian Job 2. The Incredibles 3. P&P, the mormon one 4. Children of Heaven these sucked and ergo I add my own: Four Books I could read over and over again: 1. Moby Dick 2. The Moon is Down (although I might need a little break after the thesis) 3. Flannery O'Connor's collected works 4. A series of unfortunate events (they can't all be deep) Four Jobs I've Had: 1. BYU Bookstore Giftwrap Girl 2. American Economic History TA 3. Student Literary Magazine Editor 4. Substitute Cafeteria worker Four Places I've Lived: 1. Provo 2. St. Petersburg 3. Provo again 4. St. Petersburg again Four of My Favorite dishes/foods: 1. Thai food--Padd Thai is always good, and coconut curry 2. Carrot cake w/ cream cheese frosting carrots 3. Microwave salmon. 4. Margarita pizza from Costco Four T.V. Shows I Love