Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Photo Of The Day: September 30

Fall

WWW Wednesday: September 30


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Each week, Sam over at Taking on a World of Words asks the following three questions: 
What are you currently reading? 
What did you recently finish reading? 
What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

  • African American Literature 1850-1900: W.E.B. Du Bois's The Souls of Black Folk
  • Amiri Baraka and the Black Arts Movement: essays from The LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka Reader
  • Civil Rights Movement: Chapters 8-9 of Michael K. Honey's Southern Labor and Black Civil Rights
  • Women and Social Movements: Kim E. Nielsen's Un-American Womanhood: Antiradicalism, Antifeminism, and the First Red Scare

Pleasure/Other Reads: 
Got plenty of submissions to keep me company as well as reading articles and short stories for my workshop paper on Cormac McCarthy's short stories.

What did you recently finish reading?

  • African American Literature 1850-1900: Elizabeth Keckley's Behind the Scenes, or, Thirty years a Slave, and Four Years in the White House
  • Amiri Baraka and the Black Arts Movement: The Autobiography of LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka section of The LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka Reader
  • Civil Rights Movement: Chapters 5-7 of Michael K. Honey's Southern Labor and Black Civil Rights
  • Women and Social Movements:Patricia Schechter's Ida B. Wells-Barnett and American Reform, 1880-1930
Pleasure/Other Reads: 
I finished listening to Marilynne Robinson's Gilead. I originally read it last year for Forms of Fiction, but I listened to it again in preparation to listen to Lila once it becomes available. 

Got through some more submissions (always a good thing) but they just keep coming :) 

Also read Rachel Carson's The Marginal World and Penny Le Couteur and Jay Burreson's Making History With Vitamin C for the 10th grade class I'm an in-class tutor for.


What do you think you’ll read next?

  • African American Literature 1850-1900: part two of W.E.B. Du Bois's The Souls of Black Folk
  • Amiri Baraka and the Black Arts Movement: more essays from The LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka Reader
  • Civil Rights Movement: (break for midterms)
  • Women and Social Movements: Dorothy Sue Cobble's The Other Women's Movement: Workplace Justice and Social Rights in Modern America (Politics and Society in Twentieth-Century America)

Pleasure/Other Reads:
   
Still waiting for Lila. Until then, I've been catching up on sports podcasts and radio shows because I don't want to get something long started and then have to pause. As soon as Lila comes in, I'm binge listening.

As always, I've got prose and poetry submissions to read. With fall break coming up soon, I'll have some more free time to read through a lot of them during my week off.
 

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Photo Of The Day: September 29

Left Behind

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books To Read If You Like This Super Popular Book/Author

 

This week's Top Ten list from The Broke and the Bookish: Ten Books To Read If You Like This Super Popular Book/Author

Not gonna lie. It was a little difficult to come up with an idea for this week's list because I'm not used to recommending books to people (so much of what I read is assigned or recommended by others...not used to actually thinking about this sort of thing) 

Then, it came to me: Jane Austen. But what about her because I haven't actually read much of Austen. Then, it came to me again: ten things to see or books to read if you like Jane Austen. And let me know if there are any that I missed. I'm always game for an Austen adaptation.  


1. The 1995 TV miniseries of Pride and Prejudice: it stars Colin Firth (if that's not enough to sell you, then I'm not sure what to do for you) but the BBC produced it and I think it's against British law for people to mess up Austen and Shakespeare, so it's a great way to spend an off day if you love P&P.

2. Karen Joy Fowler's The Jane Austen Book Club: not quite an adaptation straight from an Austen novel, but the characters read all of Austen's books and some of the plots mirror some of the plots that Austen's characters lived through. Love the book and the movie as well.

3. Clueless: it's based on Emma and let's face it, I'm a child of the 90s. I've seen the movie approximately a zillion times (more or less) and I've loved it for twenty years. As a future teacher (someday, somewhere) one of my dreams is to be able to teach a class that would somehow incorporate modern adaptations with the original text. If I get to, these two would most definitely be on the list.

4 & 5. Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones's Diary and The Edge of Reason: both books were inspired by P&P (and for those who have seen the movies have probably noticed the inside joke of Bridget loving the P&P adaptation starring Colin Firth when Firth plays Mark Darcy in the films)

6. Katherine Reay's Lizzy and Jane: it's a heavy book, but an interesting read about two sisters who come to realize that they may be more like the Austen sisters than they ever realized.

7. The Lizzie Bennet Diaries: it's a web series that's shot vlog-wise and based off of P&P. If you're looking for modern, look no further.

8. Austenland: again, not really based on one book in particular, but the main character, Jane, loves all things Austen (including the 1995 BBC P&P adaptation starring Colin Firth) and visits a Jane Austen-themed resort in England. 

9 &10. Wishbone's "Pup Fiction" and "Furst Impressions": yes. Wishbone. I loved the heck out of this show growing up and I'm feeling a bit nostalgic. "Pup Fiction" was based off of Northanger Abbey and "Furst Impressions" was based on P&P.


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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Photo Of The Day: September 23


Words of Wisdom

WWW Wednesday: September 23


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Each week, Sam over at Taking on a World of Words asks the following three questions: 
What are you currently reading? 
What did you recently finish reading? 
What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

  • African American Literature 1850-1900: Elizabeth Keckley's Behind the Scenes, or, Thirty years a Slave, and Four Years in the White House
  • Amiri Baraka and the Black Arts Movement: The Autobiography of LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka section of The LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka Reader
  • Civil Rights Movement: Chapters 5-7 of Michael K. Honey's Southern Labor and Black Civil Rights
  • Women and Social Movements: Patricia Schechter's Ida B. Wells-Barnett and American Reform, 1880-1930

Pleasure/Other Reads: 
Since I was able to find Lila in audiobook version, I decided to listen to Marilynne Robinson's Gilead first since it's been close to a year since I read it. Wanted to jog my memory because I know I was having trouble remember what was happening when I tried to read Lila before this summer's busyness got the best of me. 

What did you recently finish reading?

  • African American Literature 1850-1900: A Narrative on the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass and Harriet Jacobs' Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. (we had two weeks to read and work on our discussion posts)
  • Amiri Baraka and the Black Arts Movement: The Dutchman section of The LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka Reader
  • Civil Rights Movement: Chapters 1-4 of Michael K. Honey's Southern Labor and Black Civil Rights
  • Women and Social Movements: Faye E. Dudden's Fighting Chance: The Struggle over Woman Suffrage and Black Suffrage in Reconstruction America
Pleasure/Other Reads: 
Piper Kerman's Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison and Debbie Macomber's Love Letters (finally got to that one!!! Never thought I'd get it off my to-read list!)

I also made an itty bitty dent when it comes to submissions, but it's a never-ending cycle. Working on my schedule now so I'll be able to read more of them, but the next couple of weeks are going to be school-intensive.  


What do you think you’ll read next?

  • African American Literature 1850-1900: W.E.B. Du Bois's The Souls of Black Folk 
  • Amiri Baraka and the Black Arts Movement: essays from The LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka Reader
  • Civil Rights Movement: Chapters 8-9 of Michael K. Honey's Southern Labor and Black Civil Rights
  • Women and Social Movements: Kim E. Nielsen's Un-American Womanhood: Antiradicalism, Antifeminism, and the First Red Scare

Pleasure/Other Reads:
   
More prose and poetry submissions and The Godfather is still on the list if Lila doesn't become available soon (it's currently on hold as I wait for someone to turn it in). Also, I'll be reading both of Cormac McCarthy's short stories (Wake for Susan and A Drowning Incident) because my workshop paper proposal was accepted at a conference that U of M is hosting (yay, but totally scary at the same time.)


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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Photo Of The Day: September 22

Before and After

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR

 

This week's Top Ten list from The Broke and the Bookish: Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR

*Changing this up just a tad smidge bit because my reading dance card is pretty full this semester. However, I get to listen to audiobooks as I work at job #2 so here are ten books on my Fall To-Listen list

**No books that are assigned make an appearance on this list. All pleasure listens :)

1. Marilynne Robinson's Lila: Yes. Still. But I have it on hold now, so as soon as it's available, I'm listening.

2. Stephen R. Covey's The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: I've been hearing about this book for years, but have never read it. It looks to be a short listen, so I'll give it a whirl.

3. Nick Hornby's Funny Girl: I noticed that I've seen a lot of movies that were adapted from his books, but I've never read him. Looking to rectify that and Funny Girl is the book available for check out.

4. Alan Cumming's Not My Father's Son: it's been a good while since I've read or listened to an autobiography or memoir. I'm looking forward to learning more about Cumming because I think he's hilarious and I've enjoyed several of his roles over the years.

5. Cheryl Strayed's Wild: I'm still a little hesitant on reading something just because everyone else is gaga over it after The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, but I'll give this one a listen and hope for the best.

6. Bob Saget's Dirty Daddy: what better way to finish killing my childhood than listening to the man who played Danny Tanner say some very un Danny Tannerlike things????

7. Fannie Flagg's The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion: I've been trying to read more of her work. I got to listen to I Still Dream About You: A Novel a couple of years back (and of course read Fried Green Tomatoes... several years ago) and could not stop laughing. Looking forward to listening to something else from her.

8. Billy Crystal's Still Foolin' 'Em: I'll read/listen to/watch just about anything by Billy Crystal. This rule hasn't done me wrong for close to twenty years now.

9. Betty White's If You Ask Me: I've only loved Betty White for like my whole life (grew up on Mary Tyler Moore and Mama's Family reruns and caught the last two seasons of Golden Girls live plus all the reruns). This is a must-listen (though I may have to be careful not to laugh too loudly at work...I do share an office after all....)

10. Debbie Macomber's The Shop on Blossom Street: Now that I'm all caught up on the Rose Harbor series (!!!!!!) I've decided to start the Blossom Street series. I've been putting it off because it's one out of three Debbie series that I haven't read yet (and the longest out of the three), but I'll go ahead and start it up as I wait for the next Rose Harbor book to come out.

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Monday, September 21, 2015

Photo Of The Day: September 20 & 21

 September 20: Sunday Night Sunset: Warholized
 
September 21: ...the light...

Monday Musings: A Modge Podge Of Musings


Got a few things on my mind, so I'll be talking a little about a lot today...

First things first: I'm (just about) done submitting (for the moment):

Some of the people in my program are getting accepted and published what feels like every week, so I started submitting prose and poetry a few months ago because it felt like I had to do it. Several rejections later, I'm good for the moment. I'm really disheartened by a lot of what's going on right now when it comes to what's going on in the writing world, so it might be for the best to concentrate on working for the journals I work on, academic writing, and working on what I need to work on as I continue to try to make a life for myself in academia. I'll submit for creative journals again eventually, but it's no longer a priority of mine. And I think it's for the best.

2016:

I used to be a political junkie (ask my mom what I was doing Election Night 1992). For a (short) time, I even wanted a career working in the government and thought about majoring in Poly Sci at university. I've had a lifelong fascination with politics, but hearing all the rhetoric and vitriol makes me verrrrry worried about next year's election. It's also made me check out from the political process. Listening to some of the hate being spewed and reading comments and snippets, I'm left to wonder what's happened to my country. There's always been at least two sides, but people used to be civil. There used to be such a thing as bipartisanship. What on earth went wrong???????

New Opportunities:

Like I said, I've put submitting to literary journals on hold, but I'm opening a new avenue: academic writing. I've had one workshop paper proposal about Cormac McCarthy's short stories accepted and sent another proposal about Women Writers of America's First Great Diaspora in. I've on the hunt for other conferences looking for workshop papers or posters as well since I'm not strictly a creative writing student. I'm also taking classes in African American Lit and History, so I'm getting the chance to see some of the things that those students do and looking for things I can do as well. I want to be as well-rounded as I can possibly be as I (hopefully) enter a Ph.D program and eventually a career. I think doing this now so I'll be used to it once I'm an academic is a good thing, so I'm rolling with it.

Fall's Coming:

Fall is my second favorite season, so I'm excited that the first day of Fall is right around the corner. I love the cooler temperatures (my whole life in the south and I still haven't gotten used to the summer heat yet) and getting to see the leaves change. I love that football and the Premier League seasons are in full swing. I love that some of my favorite shows are coming back on (can't wait for SVU and Scandal to come back...among other shows) Overall, I'm happy to ring in the fall and can't wait for what's up ahead (including a trip home to take my cousins to Fair Day, the wedding of my oldest friend, and a visit to a prospective Ph.D program's campus or two in October). It's going to be a crazy few months, but a fun next few months.

Good news:

I've been hoping that someone would bring August Wilson's American Century Cycle to the screen for months now. Thanks to Denzel Washington, that wish is coming true! He's developing the full Cycle for HBO. It'll be one play a year for the next ten years. Not sure why it's not going in chronological order, but this beggar can't be a chooser. I'm so excited. Here's my info about it if you're interested. 

September's Never Have I Ever:

ruptured my eardrum. Yep. After dealing with what turned out to be Bronchitis in August and all the yucky congestion and coughing that arose from that, the ole eardrum decided it had enough and ruptured a couple of Sundays ago. I ended up going in to find out what was happening that following Wednesday (had both jobs that Monday then job #1 and class that Tuesday) thinking that it was sinus infection only to find out that I had ruptured my eardrum. The pain is indescribable, but I've never hurt so much in my life. Four medications later, I'm on the mend. Hearing is still pretty shoddy, which is bad because my right ear is was my good ear (I was in band in high school and the left ear took the brunt of having to sit in front of trumpets or stand near cymbals...plus my loud music listening didn't help matters) It's been an interesting last few weeks, that's for sure. Luckily, it hasn't kept me from doing much work-wise or class-wise, so I'm thankful for that. It hasn't been fun, but it could be a lot worse. It could always be worse.


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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Photo Of The Day: September 16


Looking Back

WWW Wednesday: September 16


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Each week, Sam over at Taking on a World of Words asks the following three questions: 
What are you currently reading? 
What did you recently finish reading? 
What do you think you’ll read next?

• What are you currently reading?
  • African American Literature 1850-1900: Elizabeth Keckley's Behind the Scenes, or, Thirty years a Slave, and Four Years in the White House
  • Amiri Baraka and the Black Arts Movement: The Dutchman section of The LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka Reader
  • Civil Rights Movement: Chapters 1-4 of Michael K. Honey's Southern Labor and Black Civil Rights
  • Women and Social Movements: Faye E. Dudden's Fighting Chance: The Struggle over Woman Suffrage and Black Suffrage in Reconstruction America
Pleasure/Other Reads: 
I have about two more hours left on Piper Kerman's Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison. I'll finish that today (9/16) and then get started on a new audiobook. And of course, I have new journal submission entries to read.  

 
• What did you recently finish reading?

  • African American Literature 1850-1900: A Narrative on the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass and Harriet Jacobs' Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. (we had two weeks to read and work on our discussion posts)
  • Amiri Baraka and the Black Arts Movement: Blues People by LeRoi Jones
  • Civil Rights Movement: Chapters 7-9 of Patricia Sullivan's Days of Hope
  • Women and Social Movements: Lori D. Ginzberg's Women in Antebellum Reform
Pleasure/Other Reads: 
I really slacked off on my submissions readings the past week (sickness will do that to a lass), but other than that, I've been able to keep up with close to everything else without a lot of trouble. 




• What do you think you’ll read next?
  • African American Literature 1850-1900: W.E.B. Du Bois's The Souls of Black Folk 
  • Amiri Baraka and the Black Arts Movement: The Autobiography of LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka sections of The LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka Reader
  • Civil Rights Movement: Chapters 5-8 of Michael K. Honey's Southern Labor and Black Civil Rights
  • Women and Social Movements: Patricia Schechter's Ida B. Wells-Barnett and American Reform, 1880-1930
Pleasure/Other Reads:   

I need to catch up on submission readings. Hoping to do that the next couple of days because I really like my weekends to be for me, but will read instead if I must. 

I'm also currently in search for another book to listen to while I'm working, but I saw The Godfather was an option, so I may go ahead and start that (and please my mother who's been wanting me to read the series for years now)


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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Photo Of The Day: September 15

Demolition

Top Ten Tuesday: FREEBIE (Top Ten Books I'd Love to See As a Movie or TV Show)

 

This week's Top Ten list from The Broke and the Bookish: FREEBIE (I'm doing the Top Ten Books I'd Love to See As a Movie or TV Show because I missed out the first time around)


Movie

1. Kaye Gibbons' A Virtuous Woman: I say this because I caught the adaptation of Ellen Foster a few years back and I really enjoyed it. I think if the same people who did the latter could do the former, it would be a good movie too.

2. Kaye Gibbons' My Life According To Me By Ellen Foster: Speaking of Ellen Foster, I wish there would have been time to do a sequel before everyone from the first one grew up. That would've been cool to keep it consistent. Still wouldn't mind seeing this one turned into a movie too though.

3. Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar: This may already be a movie and I've just totally slept on it, but since there's already a movie about her, why not have one adapted from her book as well.

4. Andrea Seigel's Like The Red Panda: I loved loved LOVED this book and I think it would make an awesome indie flick. Had someone pictured as Stella as I read it, but that was many years ago. No idea who'd play her now.

Mini-Series

5. Joy Kogawa's Obasan and Itsuka: these amazing books would make an amazing miniseries and since the subject matter (internment of Japanese-Canadians during World War II and the aftermath of this) isn't discussed, I think it's a necessary miniseries. Hope someone makes it.

6. Mary Karr's The Liar's Club, Cherry, and Lit: please!!!!! Pretty please! These would be amazing to see after reading them so many times. Perfect for Showtime or HBO (just sayin)

7. Rebecca Wells' Little Alters Everywhere and Ya-Yas In Bloom: this one is a little tough since Divine Secrets is already a movie, but I think all three could work as a miniseries. I just wish the prequels would've been made into movies alongside Divine so that they could use the same actors in each one.

TV Series

8. Ann M. Martin's Baby-Sitters Club: yes, I know that they've technically already made movies and a series, but there have been so many books that were published after these happened that I think it would be cool to create a series that has the full book series to work with.

Limited Run TV Series

9. August Wilson's American Century Cycle: because how cool would it be to get to see all ten of the plays??? Come on PBS, this would be perfect for you!

10. Virginia Woolf: *cough* BBC *cough* but it would be cool to see her seven novels on the screen (I know Mrs. Dalloway has been done a couple of times, but I haven't seen any of her others)


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Monday, September 14, 2015

Photo Of The Day: September 14

Spotted

Monday Musings: Ending My Writing Moratorium


I haven't written anything creative in like forever...kind of strange, of course, considering that I'm in an M.F.A. program studying Creative Writing.

But yeah. I haven't had any writing mo jo (wo jo) in what's felt like forever.

Not all is lost though. I've had so many ideas for new stories as well as new ideas for stories that I've found myself at an impasse with. Still, with everything else going on right now, I feel quite lost without writing.

Besides reading, it's been the activity I've been doing the longest and most consistently. Those who knew me in high school can recall the pairs of shoes and blue jeans that I'd write poems and songs on. Just about every page's margins in my high school spirals has all sorts of writings all over them (another reason why I wonder how on earth I was actually able to graduate from high school). It got me through my darkest days years, and I've always leaned on writing as my way to deal with everything's that going on. 

But at the same time, not writing has been okay. I needed this break and so much good has happened because of it. I started reading a lot more and started reading a lot of things that I normally don't gravitate to. I started working for some different lit journals and I truly feel honored having a chance to make other writers' dreams come true.

The break originally began because I felt myself becoming more and more unhappy about what I was writing. I was writing merely to fulfill the week's assignment's criteria instead of writing something that I felt happy with. I needed to get away from that so I could go back to the basics.

I feel like I'm here now and I'm ready to get started again. Work and work and school will limit my writing binges (at least, during the week. One plus for having a homework moratorium on the weekends), but I'm ready to get some of these new ideas on paper (or Microsoft Word) and start going through and reworking stories that I started on, but eventually got to a point where I didn't know where to go next with it.

My goal is to make sure this doesn't happen again. With two years left in this program, plus another four years in a Ph.D program, I need to be able to write regularly, but I need to be able to write things that I'm proud of regularly. I don't ever want to go through what I have these last few months again. 

But yeah. Writing moratorium is over. And I can't wait to pick up where I left off! 


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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Photo Of The Day: September 7-10

Sorry guys...it's been an...um...eventful last few days, but I'm back!

 September 7: Current Mood
 
 September 8: Seasonal Selfie 
 
 September 9: Pause
 
September 10: Head In The Clouds

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

WWW Wednesday: September 9

 
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Each week, Sam over at Taking on a World of Words asks the following three questions: 
What are you currently reading? 
What did you recently finish reading? 
What do you think you’ll read next?

• What are you currently reading?
  • African American Literature 1850-1900: 
  • Amiri Baraka and the Black Arts Movement: The Dutchman section of The LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka Reader and Blues People by LeRoi Jones
  • Civil Rights Movement: Chapters 7-9 of Patricia Sullivan's Days of Hope
  • Women and Social Movements: Women in Antebellum Reform by Lori D. Ginzberg and journal articles 


Pleasure/Other Reads:
Had to hit pause on Marlon James's A Brief History of Seven Killings for now because so many things to read, so little time...but I started my GAship and they allow me to listen to audiobooks while I work, so coming up with a list of books to listen to after I finish listening to Piper Kerman's Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison

What did you recently finish reading?

I recently finished the following books/pieces for my classes: 

  • African American Literature 1850-1900: I finished listening to A Narrative on the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass and Harriet Jacobs' Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.
  • Amiri Baraka and the Black Arts Movement: I finished reading the Black Magic section of The LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka Reader
  • Civil Rights Movement: Chapters 4-6 of Patricia Sullivan's Days of Hope
  • Women and Social Movements: journal articles

Pleasure/Other Reads:
I finished reading Beowulf...which I didn't understand at all...thank goodness for study aides! I also read CNF, Flash, Fiction, and Poetry submissions for the lit journals that I read for.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I'll be reading the following books/pieces for my classes: 
  • African American Literature 1850-1900: Anna J. Cooper's A Voice From the South
  • Amiri Baraka and the Black Arts Movement: The Autobiography of LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka section of The LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka Reader
  • Civil Rights Movement: Chapters 1-4 of Michael K. Honey's Southern Labor and Black Civil Rights
  • Women and Social Movements: Faye E. Dudden's Fighting Chance: The Struggle over Woman Suffrage and Black Suffrage in Reconstruction America and journal articles

 Pleasure/Other Reads:
I'll also have more prose and poetry submissions to read. Not sure which audiobook I'll be listening to next. Whatever suits my fancy when I go searching again I suppose.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Finished Series I Have YET to Finish

 

This week's Top Ten list from The Broke and the Bookish: Ten Finished Series I Have YET to Finish

*for this week, I'm splitting my list into two sections: series I haven't started and don't plan on starting and series that I have started and hope to one day finish. For the first group, I say that I don't plan on starting them, but you never know. Maybe one day. Maybe. *

Series That I Haven't Started And Don't Plan On Starting

1. Harry Potter: I totally missed the boat when it became a big deal in 7th grade. Haven't read any of the books or seen any of the movies...much to the chagrin of just about everyone I know.

2. Lord of the Rings: These became a huge deal in eighth grade when the movies started coming out. Much like Harry Potter the year before, I completely missed this trend as well.

3. Twilight: While I haven't read any of the books, I have seen all the movies (and other gifts that come with knowing pre-teens) and added some lovely songs to my music library. Not a big fan, but they are what they are.

4. Divergent: A lot of people have told me that this is similar to The Hunger Games (which I've read) but I don't have any plans to pick Divergent up. My curiosity may lead me to watch the movies though.

5. The Mortal Instruments: I can't say I know much about this series, but my current reading interests don't align with the series, so it's (currently) a no-go for me.

Series That I Have Started And Hope To One Day Finish

6. Princess Diaries: I have the first four books in this series, but I haven't gotten the chance to read past the first one yet.

7. Baby-Sitters Club: I know the series is finished, but so many came out after I stopped reading them in 7th grade. I would love to find out how it all ends.

8. American Girl: Back in my day (I sound so old...I know....) there were only four girls (Felicity, Addy, Samantha, and Molly) and then they had just released Josefina. The number has at least doubled since then, so I'd love to read about these new girls. 

9. Gossip Girl: I didn't watch any of the series (though I wanted to) because I wanted to read the books first. However, school and an English major got in the way of all of that. Hoping to read the books then binge watch the series on Netflix next time I have a large chunk of free time.

10. Dear America: Like the American Girl series, I started with the original releases, but haven't gotten the chance to read the newest ones yet.

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Monday, September 7, 2015

Monday Musings: Prospective Ph.D Programs


As I was looking into MFA programs, I kept seeing the words "terminal" and "degree" which really made me think that I'd be done once I graduated. However, this time last year was the first time that I heard schools had Ph.Ds in Creative Writing. Since then, I've been going back and forth wondering if I wanted to go all the way and get a CW Ph.D, if I wanted to even things out and get a Ph.D in English, or if I just wanted to be done with school altogether.
 

Well...looks like I'm going all the way. At least, I'm going to try to.

I'm doing things differently this time around too. For undergrad, I had my sights set on UT (after first being told that I couldn't go out-of-state for school, then having more limits set on me). I moved to Austin and went to junior college with the hopes of transferring to UT...until my freshman year when I visited a friend at Texas State. I then reeeeaaaalllllyyyyyy wanted to go to Texas State. And (after another year at junior college) I did, for my B.A. and teaching certification. For my MFA, I looked into some places, but since I applied for spring admittance, I only applied to three schools. Two (Eastern Washington and Texas State) told me their programs were full for the year, but to reapply. Memphis accepted me, so I came here.

This time around, I'm really going to give every school the once over. My extended summer break gave me the time I needed to research schools. The schools themselves are pretty similar in what they teach and what they offer, so I started looking beyond to see what else they offered. I wanted a school with a Women and Gender Studies certificate or classes (been wanting to study that since undergrad, but haven't been able to), with Sigma Tau Delta (I make the grades; might as well enjoy the perks) a football team (listen...my love for football is real), a campus radio station, and a campus paper. A couple of weekends ago, I also got to see on-campus or near-campus housing options for grad students or older students. Some of them have some a-may-zing choices and I'm taking that into account as well since I'd be living there for four years (I don't like to move...as a kid, I went back and forth between mom and dad's places every two weeks for almost ten years. I like to stay put now.)

Some of my prospective schools were on a long ago written list of schools that I thought about going to in middle school. Funny how things come back around.

I know it's still too soon to have a front runner (though Houston may be calling my name since I'd be sooooo close to just about every single person I'm related to). A couple of schools have already made their way out for one reason or another (though I'm keeping an open mind. Just in case things work out, I'll add them back on.

Here are my prospective Ph.D. programs (loving the alliteration). They're in alphabetical order. 


American Schools: 

1. Georgia State University
2. Illinois State
3. Ohio University
4. Oklahoma State
5. Texas Tech
6. University of Denver
7. University of Georgia
8. University of Kansas
9. University of Houston
10. University of Memphis (doesn't have a Ph.D. in CW, but the individual option would allow me to take CW classes as a doctoral student)
11. University of Missouri
12. USC
13. University of Utah
14. University of Wisconsin

International Schools: 

1. Bat Spa University
2. Cardiff University
3. University College Cork
4. University College London
5. University of Calgary
6. University of Leicester


Next up is getting to tour as many of these schools as possible. I have about the next year or so to visit, retake my GRE (grade was good enough to get into an MFA program, but not a Ph.D program) and getting ready to apply to the schools still on my list in 9/2016.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Photo Of The Day: September 2


Passing By

WWW Wednesday: September 2


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Each week, Sam over at Taking on a World of Words asks the following three questions: 
What are you currently reading? 
What did you recently finish reading? 
What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

I'm currently reading the following books/pieces for my classes: 

  • African American Literature 1850-1900: A Narrative on the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass and Harriet Jacobs' Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.
  • Amiri Baraka and the Black Arts Movement: The Dead Lecturer section of The LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka Reader
  • Civil Rights Movement: Chapters 4-6 of Patricia Sullivan's Days of Hope
  • Women and Social Movements: journal articles 

Pleasure/Other Reads:
I'm also reading/listening to Beowulf for work...yep...after not reading it my senior semester and choosing to take a Shakespeare class so I wouldn't have to read it in undergrad, I'm finally reading the story for the first time (wish me luck) Still working through Marlon James's A Brief History of Seven Killings as well. So many things to read, so little time....

What did you recently finish reading?

I recently finished the following books/pieces for my classes: 

  • African American Literature 1850-1900: poems by James M. Whitfield and Frances Ellen Watkins Harper. 
  • Amiri Baraka and the Black Arts Movement: Black Magic section of The LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka Reader
  • Civil Rights Movement: Chapters 1-3 of Patricia Sullivan's Days of Hope
  • Women and Social Movements: journal articles

Pleasure/Other Reads:
I also read twenty or submissions for the lit journals that I read for.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I'll be reading the following books/pieces for my classes: 
  • African American Literature 1850-1900: poems by James M. Whitfield and Frances Ellen Watkins Harper. 
  • Amiri Baraka and the Black Arts Movement: Dutchman section of The LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka Reader and Blues People by LeRoi Jones
  • Civil Rights Movement: Chapters 7-9 of Patricia Sullivan's Days of Hope
  • Women and Social Movements: Women in Antebellum Reform by Lori D. Ginzberg

 Pleasure/Other Reads:
I'll also have more prose and poetry submissions to read and I'll be starting Piper Kerman's Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison as soon as I finish Beowulf. I may use my long weekend to my advantage and listen to it all over Labor Day weekend. 

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