I know I said I’d be updating more, but so much stuff has happened. Nothing dramatic, really, just lots of little things that I’ve let distract me, even though I should know better by now.
I was gone for a few days at the end of January to visit my family and watch my friends lose their minds at a Breaking Benjamin concert. The concert itself was awesome. I’m not a big fan of moshing or crowd surges, so it was great to see a band and not come out with bruises at the end of the night. Frequent concert-goers know how those things can be.
The best part about going to a concert with my friends was the unanimous decision to go to Dunkin Donuts afterwards and drink coffee and eat all the donuts and hash browns they’d give us. Seriously, all the hash browns they could stuff in a bag. It just shows that you should be nice to the people making your food. They might just “forget” to charge you for those 13 delicious little hash brown rounds.
The other little distraction I’ve been dealing with is this massive cold that has kept me down for the past week. I had coffee for the first time in about 6 days and it was glorious. I’m finally getting to the point where I can breathe normally again, and my sense of taste is almost back as well. It sounds pathetic, but I don’t get sick very often. So when I do, it knocks me down hard. Thanks to an insanely British amount of tea and lots of medicine, I’m back on track.
As much as I want to skip over this update, I’m going to focus on the positive. I’ve gotten more writing done so far than I did this time last year. It hasn’t been as much as I wanted, but I like to think that I’m still ahead of the game.
I think I’ve read somewhere around 7 books since my last post. First I read The Girl on the Train in which everyone is the unreliable narrator so good luck figuring out who’s not a bad person by the end of it. Spoiler alert: they all are. It was an exciting read. I think it’s interesting to see characters that aren’t clearly good or bad, because real people are rarely so clearly defined.
I finally read The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and it was so different from what I expected. Reading classics like that make me understand why people are always so eager to put their own spin on the story. I’d heard so much about it, and saw it portrayed in different shows and movies, that I had built it up to more than it was. So my first thoughts when I finished it were about how I could use that idea for my own story. There’s a good possibility that I’m going to write a story based off of it. Does that count as fanfiction? That’s a real question. I need to know!
Next I read The Demonologist, which was quick and spoke to my love of horror, ancient texts, demons, and the struggle of good versus evil. Then I got into The Descent, which moved back and forth between the missing Caitlin and her guilt-ridden brother, Sean. I don’t always like books that move between perspectives, but I feel like it was necessary to slowly reveal everything that was happening to that family.
Finally, I got to Horns by Joe Hill. This book has been on my list for a while, and I’m so glad I got around to reading it. Ig isn’t necessarily a bad guy, he’s just had some back luck, mostly in the form of one person. He’s the devil in the blue dress that you surprisingly feel sympathy for. I loved it.
The next two books I read were part of my Christmas present from my friend. The Other Typist was set in my favorite time period in New York. I love reading about the 1920s. I was very interested in learning about these women that worked in police stations. It’s something I hadn’t really thought about, but typing was considered a woman’s job. These women listened to confessions and testimonies. Their work was important, whether it was acknowledged or not. The plot focused on Rose, who put her trust in someone that she definitely didn’t know as well as she thought. It’s also scary to me to think about how easy it would have been to falsify your background, or really anything. We get very caught up in the protection of our privacy (which, yes is very important) but it’s so easy now to prove who you are. Creating a false identity is a little more complicated than stealing your friend’s life story. The whole time I was reading this, I kept thinking how it would make a great movie. Lots of drama and excitement, not to mention some awesome parties. I looked it up, and it’s supposedly going to be made into one…eventually. I really hope it’s true.
Next was Confess by Colleen Hoover. It was a sweet story about two people that were clearly fated to be together. Their journey started long before either of them realized it. My favorite part of the book, honestly, was the real confessions that were used in the book. Owen, the artist in the story, used anonymous confessions from people as ideas for his paintings. I loved what Owen was doing, because I feel like I do that myself. I build a story around some small snippet that I’ve heard or read. Knowing the truth behind the words takes away from the story I’ve created in my head.
So, in conclusion, I’ve spent way more time reading than writing the past 3 weeks. Time to fix that.
Seriously down since I’ve been sick. Only 2 cups today, I’m surprised I’m still awake.
Plots and plans:
Keep reading like crazy, and write way more than I have been.
Get outside a bit more since the weather is finally warming up.
Work on that idea I had about Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and try to decide the real definition of fanfiction.
Make real food for dinner tonight since I’ve only had a cupcake so far.
Get more organized! In so many ways…
Build a tiny greenhouse for my little pineapple plant so I can harvest little pineapples all year round. (It’s important to have diverse goals)
Finally read all the books that have been given to me. I’m working on the stack my friend gave me for Christmas. I have another stack that’s just from my mom. She’s always encouraged my love of books, and has given me so many that I’ve started but not quite finished. Time to finish what I’ve started!
So that’s basically what’s been going on. Along with the devastating news that my college is on the verge of shutting down. It’s been an emotional time for the current students, as well as the alumni like me and my friends who are saddened to hear about the closure of the school we love. Thinking back on my time there has brought back so many memories, things I hadn’t thought about for years. I drove around the campus a few days ago, but couldn’t bring myself to get out of the car and walk around. I’m hoping to return soon with some college friends so we can go through it all again, together.
I hope everyone out there is getting more done than I am. It’s easy to give up when things get too busy, but it’s important to stay focused on your goals, no matter how big or small they might be. So, right now, I’m going to work on one of my smaller goals, which is making dinner.
As always, thanks for reading!