February 22, 2006

Getting plugged into SHU culture

Funny. But true. Since I became the editor-in-chief of the Setonian this semester, people having been approaching me. Approaching me about what? you so respectfully inquire.

Lots of things. Several of these "things" end up in the paper. I get tips. People rant to me. People cry to me. People yell at me. People chase me down and ask me questions. I love it.

I love feeling like I am a part of something bigger than myself and more real than the essays that I'm writing or the world I'm creating in my fiction. It's a great feeling being connected to a world of non-fiction. People and their lives and SHU. I don't really know how to describe it, but I know I am working with a great crew who really makes an impact on this imposing Hill.

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February 18, 2006

Fever's flame, ouch

Feverish days give way to inconsistent thoughts and misgivings. I am convinced that sickness is Satan.

I've somehow swallowed an icicle that doesn't seem to melt unless I a.) take a hot shower b.) turn my electric blanket on the highest setting.

There's much to do. With so many writing courses and a Setonian to produce, I'm running on "E", now in front of many people. Yesterday, I sent out the production schedule, but realized I forgot the attachment. On the next e-mail, I apologized to the staff and meant to send it, but forgot. Finally, on the third try, I sent it. Pathetic.

I spent an entire morning with amnesia. Did I have a class at 11 or was it 10, and if it was 10, should I go into class?

I left my bag, coat and keys in the hallway at school. Thankfully they were still there. Is it okay to lose your mind temporarily?

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February 12, 2006

Scan and sweep: Word overview of Girl Meets World

It's my blog, SnapShirts style. They scan your blog and pick out the most prevalent words.

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This can really give you an idea of where your priorities are...at least in a blog anyway.

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February 4, 2006

The creative semi-comotose

The words begin to string together on the page. The thoughts fly freely through your mind, almost before you begin dreaming. THAT--that moment--right there. That is when my best ideas form.

I woke up this morning with my best short story idea yet.

Today, I read Wordsworth and feminist author, Ruether, with more insights that I ever had when fully coherent. Could reaching a semi-comotose state so that thoughts can fly free be a part of textbook writers' strategy? I knew that Norton Anthology had something up its sleeve.

The last part is all in jest, but really, falling asleep to a text's subject, even if it is something I am interested in, results in ideas, notes in margins and even the occasional highlight.

This brings me to my next observation. Reading anything makes me tired. Whether sitting up in a chilly library or reading in bed under the feather comforter, the same reaction results: drooping eyes, nodding head and/or drool. No, I'm kidding, but that would be funny, wouldn't it?

When are you most creative? Coffee-infused? Alcohol-induced?

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