Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Gray Skies and Rainy Weather...

...and I still wouldn't change anything.

So... let me just start by saying that I made a great decision coming to this part of the country. Yes, it's cold here in the winter and the state has the highest death rate for black ice (according to my mother), but where else in the country (Pacific Northwest likely) is it 64-degrees in June (almost July)? It's 100+ degrees in Texas right now. Sorry to all my melting friends, but I am very happy where I am. I'm staying (at least in the N/E... my next stop will likely be Boston cause jobs are not raging in this area) indefinitely--or at least for 13 years (that seems to be my cycle).

Anyway... I'll stop bragging about my New England the weather.

I haven't heard from any other journals yet. I think about writing every day (haven't written a single word, sadly). I 've read a lot of young adult lately, and I'm REALLY enjoying it. Picked up two more books from the library. I started one and I may put it down because it feels a little too "teen," if you know what I mean. It's called: Prom Dates from Hell. *sigh* I know, I know... that was hard to admit. Don't judge me too harshly. The other seems a little more "literary" and it's called Jellicoe Road. I'm particularly curious about this story for a lot of reasons. The most important reason is the title of my thesis (a novel) will likely be "Alabaster Road" and I'm not quite sure if I'm going to be writing a literary YA novel or adult novel. So... I consider this research (not just based off titles, btw, but subject matter too).

Teaching Question: What do you do with a student who is obviously bored? Teaching is going well beside this one kid--I don't know what to do with him. Alas.

I'll be checking out Transformers II: Revenge of the Fallen tomorrow sometime. Will post my opinion soon.


Cara said...

I've read Melina Marchetta's other novels (Looking for Alibrandi and Saving Francesca) and I loved them, but I never got around to picking up Jellicoe Road. Let me know how it turns out because I'm also curious.

first person limited said...

Too funny - I also "think" about writing all the time, but really only pause to jot down ideas. I can't make myself SIT and WRITE, and I can't even remember how that feels. I started something last night, let's see if I can keep going with it.

And also, I've been reading YA too! Different than you, I finished "Speak" finally, which everyone has been talking about for ages but I just picked up. Finally read an E. Lockhart, and just finished a Sarah Dessen, which I think is "literary" moreso than teen too, and I related to it a LOT. Funny how YA books can be like that.

Can't wait to leave these humid Southern summers behind! VA (my MFA program) is still warmer than NH, but it's close to 20 degrees cooler than here! Anything will be better than this swamp.


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