We’re only 20 days into the New Year, and already life has been quite busy around my house! I’m now in my third week of online college, I’m reading all sorts of fun books, slaving away on editing one of my novels, written an interview for The Story Girl blog, and on top of all that, I’ve got a cold! (But it’s all right – it’s one of those colds that isn’t terribly painful, but provides an excellent excuse to sleep in, read lots of books, and write blog posts.) First, a little about the interview:
The Story Girl Stay-At-Home Daughter Interview
I’ve enjoyed reading Hayden’s excellent blog, The Story Girl for some time now. She provides an excellent and fascinating array of blog posts on everything from insightful movie reviews to “Forgotten Heroines of Literature” posts. Hayden also has been doing a series of posts in which she interviews various Christian girls who have chosen to stay at home with their families after highschool and beyond. A few weeks ago, she expressed a need for more girls to interview, and my hand shot straight up in the air. Ever since I was little, I have loved interviews of all sorts and couldn’t pass up the opportunity. I had such fun doing it! You can click here to read it. Thanks again Hayden!!
Thanks to dozens of CLEP tests, I was able to enter my first semester of college as a senior. I’m three weeks into my first semester right now, which is composed of three classes: African literature, Advanced American literature, and an entire class on (you’ll never believe it!) Jane Austen. I still can’t believe that I get credit for discussing Mr. Darcy, Frank Churchill and Mrs. Bennet! The other two classes are a bit more involved, and are forcing me to wade into unfamiliar literary waters. But so far, the Thomas Edison State College online experience is awesome. It’s completely flexible (as in, I could do all of my school at night if I wanted, or on weekends only) and very easy to use. I’ve also met some great people on the online forums. So far, college is going far better than I could have hoped!
I’ve written a total of four novels over the past five years. My first two novels needed so much re-writing and editing that I was tempted to give up on them – especially on The Princess and the Prince. But thanks to my mother and my friend Hannah, I have been absolutely forbidden to give up on it. Thanks to their encouragement, I’ve been plugging away at editing The Princess and the Prince for the past two weeks. At the moment, I’m actually about halfway through editing it. I’ve still got a ways to go, but The Princess and the Prince is well on its way to being printed!
As all Sherlockians are aware, the first episode of BBC’s Sherlock, season 3, premiered last night. I have always liked Sherlock, but was turned off by some of the content, language, and the way that they portrayed Mr. Holmes himself. Bennedict Cumberbatch is a top-notch actor, but I just didn’t care for the way that Mark Gatiss and Stephen Moffat wrote him: extremely cocky, rude and sarcastic. But let me just say that I was blown away by this latest episode, “The Empty Hearse.” While there still were a few scenes that definitely need to be skipped/muted, the entire feel of “The Empty Hearse” was so much more pleasant than the previous episodes. Sherlock – while still being a bit of a lovable sociopath – is so much more kind, easygoing, and gentlemanly. I was so excited at his turnaround! He was almost exactly like the Sherlock Holmes from the book. The episode had some awesome shots of the London Underground, as well as featuring “The Landmark”, a restaurant that we passed every single day in our London adventure last September! That was very exciting! And instead of having that rather sinister, dark undertone like the previous episodes, this one was quite lighthearted and just plain fun. I won’t give away any spoilers, but “The Empty Hearse” was exciting, witty, and all-around excellent. It was well worth the two-year wait.
I’ve gotten into a rather bad habit lately. Any time a book catches my eye, I start it. Regardless of how many other books I’m reading. I know, I know – it’s not sustainable. But it sure is fun! At the moment, I’m into Thomas Jefferson: A Life by Willard Sterne Randall, C.S. Lewis by Alistair McGrath (which merits its own post), The Return of Sherlock Holmes, The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. And Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis is waiting for pick-up at the library!
Oh! And I almost forgot to mention that several days ago HopeWriter blog received its 100th follower! I must say that when I started this blog, I had NO clue that I’d eventually have 100 followers. Thanks to each and every one of you, blogging is so much fun!!
Well, now you are officially caught up on what my life has looked like for the past three weeks. 🙂 I must say, I’m rather enjoying 2014! How about you?