News and Notions

We’re spending Thanksgiving in Delaware, where my other grandparents live. I’m up in the hotel room messing about online whist Dad’s at there house and Mom and Little Brother are eating downstairs. I’ve been busy with school. I’m writing my thesis on fairy tale retellings so I have some book reviews to come up in the near future.

But my biggest news is this: I’m studying at Oxford in the spring! Two tutorials, Jane Austen and Victor Hugo. I’m really excited, although I have to have read Notre Dame de Paris and Les Miserables by the 7th of January when I leave which is slightly ridiculous, but also terribly exciting.

I’ve kept up with hat knitting; I’ve done Gretel and Rose Red by Ysolda. I have yarn now for the Dickensian Pullover from Interweave a while back as well as the Hermione bag from Charmed Knits so I’ll be taking those two large projects with me to work on. 

There’s not much else in my life, just preparing for that and doing school, but I’m excited!!

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Novels…

NaNoWriMo is not happening this year. Just not. But I don’t want to give up a writing expedition in November. So I’m planning on doing serious rewrites on one of my novels written previously. But I can’t pick which, so that’s where you all come in. 

Here are the choices:

Song of the Lark– In a society where class gaps have grown significantly three teenagers and one little boy escape from the house where they are enslaved. The mastermind, Caileigh, leaves behind her lover and his jealous fiancée Elaine. In a race to stay hidden they have to put aside differences and band together. Unfortunately Elaine intercepts a missive Caieigh sends to her lover, Aiden, leaving all four in danger.

Broadway Lullaby– Casey Marlow got sent to live with her mom and stepfamily after her first film “Moonlight” was filmed. Her parents want her to finish high school normally, but what is normal in her family? It’s definitely not when her eleven-year-old brother Dylan, who has Autism, disappears. She, her evil stepbrother and their friends try to circumvent the police to find him–after all Casey knows Dylan better than anyone, but is that enough? 

untitled– Tessa’s kingdom has a tradition. One eligible maiden is sent to the neighboring kingdom every year under the guise of keeping up communication, but really in the hopes of a marriage. WHen her sister runs away upon being chosen, Tessa must go. But what kingdom will accept a could-be-queen whose legs don’t even work properly? 

The Ella Trilogy– Ella’s parents died. In fact, most of the adults in her world died of a Pandemic (secretly designed by the government) that only affects adults. In children it causes odd side effects, side effects such as time travel. It was Ella’s father who discovered that this talent could be used to find the cure. Now, years later, his daughter is part of the resistance. Gallivanting across time, however, does not spare her the emotional hardship of being a teenager.

 

Election 2008

Barack Obama is going to be the next president of the United States of America, and I voted for him. I have a paper due Monday that I have been working on tonight. But I’m not going to remember that. I’ll remember sitting with my little sister in my sorority watching McCain concede to the man that I knew I wanted as president when I saw him on TV four years ago.

 

We’ve lived through 9/11, the War in Iraq, the invention of the iPod, hanging chads and now BARACK AS THE 44TH US PRESIDENT.