Saturday, December 31, 2011


2011 is drawing to an end in mere short hours. It’s hard to believe that last December I was bouncing off the walls because I was about to spend 4 months in England… It’s been one heck of a year for not only me but the rest of the world. 2011 was (the name a few):
·       The Arab Spring
·       The airport bombing in Russia
·       The 9.1 magnitude earthquake and subsequent Tsunami in Japan
·       The Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton
·       The death of Osama bin Laden
·       Chile’s Puyehue volcano erupts
·       The world’s first artificial organ transplant was achieved, using an artificial windpipe coated with stem cells.
·       The space shuttle Atlantis lads successfully at Kennedy Space Center, concluding NASA’s space shuttle program
·       The Norway Terror Attacks
·       Severe flooding in Thailand
·       NASA announces that images captured show photographic evidence of possible liquid water on Mars during the warm season
·       Juno-the first solar-powered spacecraft begins mission to Jupiter
·       India and Bangladesh sign a pact to end their 40-year border demarcation dispute
·       The US formally declares an end to the Iraq War

2011 for me was somewhat of a whirlwind. I finished up Fall semester of my Sophomore year at University and had the rest of January off. While all my school mates were back in classes, I was working and eagerly waiting January 31, the day I would begin my four month adventure in England. My study abroad experience in England was more than I could have ever wanted. I made friends that I was will never forget, most of who I still talk too, and got to travel in Europe. I got to see many places in England I had never been but also: Scotland, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Italy, Switzerland, and Austria. I got to explore the Scottish countryside, visit the Anne Frank house, eat Belgium chocolate and waffles J, try snails in France (which I loved), sip espresso in Venice, Rome and Florence, experiences the stunning scenery from the top of a Swiss mountain (there may or may not have been yodeling involved), ski in the Austrian Alps and many, many more things.

Before going to England I didn’t expect to have much culture shock. I’d seen movies, and TV and read books, and such. And for the most part I didn’t. But it did take me about three weeks to stop waking up in the middle of the night (jet lag). The classes were different too…Instead of 1 hour ever Monday, Wednesday, Friday and 1.5 hours every Tuesday, Thursday (the American system), in Winchester you go once a week for three hours. This was okay in most classes, I took three creative writing classes and three hours was just perfect; my Women in History classes dragged but was all and all okay, but I don’t ever want to hear about another church steeple again. I had a THREE hour lecture on the shape of medieval church steeples. Eeegads. Despite the church steeples all of my classes were super interesting.

One of the most interesting things about being in Winchester is that I was the only Southerner in sight. Oh, yeah, I’m not kidding. I found myself having to be a Good-will ambassador for the South. I got asked lots of questions playing up to the southern stereotype,

“Do you own a gun?”… “No. But many people do.”

“Do you drive a truck?” … “No. But trucks are very practical and useful            things to have.”

“Do you play the banjo?” … “No…”

“Do you fry all your foods?” … “No…”

“Well…you don’t sounds like you’re from the south!” … “The southern US is a very big place, with many accents. Saying that all people from the south are suppose to sounds the same is like saying that everyone in England is suppose to sound like ‘Ello Poppet!’.”

 “I’ve been to New York, Miami and Los Angles, which one is closer to you?”  … “Well, umm… off the top of my head I’d say Miami. But it’s really a tossup between New York and Miami.”

“Do all Americans drink their beer out of those red cups?” … “Well…maybe.” (this was the question I got asked the most)

I also had to learn some English slag. Like ‘jumper’, when you tell an American to go “put on a jumper its cold out there” they might just look at you like you’re crazy, because for Americans jumper is a type of dress. To the English it’s a hoodie.

Four months went by far too fast. Before I realized it, I was on a plane back home. After a few months in England I had stopped hearing the accents. When I got on the plane home, and the flight attendant began to speak over the intercom to us it was like, ‘whoa she totally has an accent! …wait…’

Summer 2011 passed relatively quietly. I moved back into the University and off to Dragon*Con! The rest of the semester flew by. I’ve always been told that the older you get the faster the years sip away, and that applies here.

2012 promises to be just as exciting. I have my trip to Thailand coming up soon…and the possibility of a Washington DC internships and maybe a cool summer job.

Happy New Year!!!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Thailand in T-7 months

Hi all, I know I have been neglectful and did not follow up. However, exciting news! I will be spending a 3 weeks in Thailand teaching English this summer.

See you guys on the flip side,


Friday, September 9, 2011

New Adventure on the Horizon

So there might be a new international adventure for me on the horizon! On of the good things about doing undergrad at a small university is the opportunities it gives you.  I've been nominated to go teach English in Asia this summer.

Now there are still a lot of 'if's 'and's and 'but's to be handled.  I still have to interview to get it, and maybe they won't even be interested in me because they're looking for a different type of student. Who knows. I just hope it all works out for me.  

New Adventure on the Horizon

So there might be a new international adventure for me on the horizon! On of the good things about doing undergrad at a small university is the opportunities it gives you.  I've been nominated to go teach English in Asia this summer.

Now there are still a lot of 'if's 'and's and 'but's to be handled.  I still have to interview to get it, and maybe they won't even be interested in me because they're looking for a different type of student. Who knows. I just hope it all works out for me.  

Sunday, June 26, 2011

The Chapter Three Blues

Yep. That's right. I have the chapter three blues. Over the years thy way I delve into writing a long work of fiction or a novel is has taken this layout:

Preface: (More for my information & not normally included in final product
Chapter 1: Start with a bang! Jump right into it.
Chapter 2: Fill out the character, but keep the story line moving.
Chapter 3: The set up. Basically, the entrance ramp to my story express-way.

Normally, my chapter three is bla. And normally I'm okay with this. I just tell myself I write a few more chapters and come back and edit it later. That works for me. But not this time. This time, I feel like I'm staring at Mt. Everest. While the plot line is moving, its slow in comparison to Chapter 1 & 2, the dialogue is heavy and stiff, and my descriptions seem too long but hold vital information.

It's been a week since I've written Chapter 3. And no matter how hard I try to start Chapter 4, I just can't, because Chapter 3, just feels so unnatural. And this is after I've scrapped it and re-written. So, ladies & gentlemen of the internet...any suggestions? 

Monday, June 13, 2011

Where One Adventure Ends--Reflections

Well, my four month adventure in Europe is over. It must have been the fastest four months of my feels like a dream. I've been back in the US for almost two weeks, but the reverse culture shock is killing me! When I first moved to England, I was able to slide right into the culture and the way of life so easily, there wasn't really an adjustment period for me. But coming back, I feel out of place. Like I have this big arrow above my head, pointing me out. I don't feel like I fade into the background anymore. Scary. That old cliche about always moving forward applies, I can't undo the four months I spent independently that made me a better, stronger, more out going person. So now I have to find a way to fit this new me inside Small Town, USA. And I'm afraid it isn't going to happen. I've always known I wasn't staying here, but now I feel like I'm suffocating. Still, I wouldn't trade a moment of those four months for anything, and I would go back in a heart beat.

One adventure has ended. So, naturally, another must begin. What in my future, you ask? More traveling (when I have the time and money), graduating for college in two years, continuing trying to break into the book publishing market, and getting into all sorts of shenanigans, and sorting out grad school. It might not be Europe...but its something. And it gives me time to daydream up a grand travel scheme. Who knows, maybe I'll do my masters abroad. It's all up in the air at this point.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

School Finals...aaaahhhh! ...Please scroll down to the last one and leave a comment to help me decide what to write about!!

SCHOOL FINALS: All Due the 26/27 of May

Fiction for Children

  • 2,000 words of the beginning of a book-- Complete
  • 500 word synopsis of the rest of the story-- Not Complete
  • 8 book bibliography-- 3/4 complete, I just have to write it up
  • Presentation on Pirates! by G. Malone-- Complete
Women in History
  • 1500 word Presentation write up on: Why Women became Criminals in the Early Modern Period-- Started
  • 2000 word essay on: How illusory is the perception that the fifty years following World War II were decades of radical change in the status, opportunities and lifestyles of women of all classes?--Research Done, Outline Done, first 1000 words written
Medieval Civilization
  • 2000 word essay on...well I haven't picked the topic yet--Not complete (This is on the schedule for next week)
Writing on the Environment
  • 2000 Word DESCRIPTIVE creative piece-- Haven't started, I don't even know what I'm going to write on, I'M OPEN TO SUGGESTIONS!!  

Easter Holiday: Days 26-32: Staying at Hope's: April 18-24, 2011--All the places we went!


London with Hope and Charlotte...

Isle of Wight...

The Beach...

Waverly field (?)

The Pub...

Easter Holiday: Days 24-25: April 16-17, 2011--Paris

From the top of the tower...

The Louvre...

Around Paris...

The Moulin Rouge...

Farewell Party...

Easter Holiday: Day 23: Contiki European Discovery tour: April 15, 2011-- Lucerne, Switzerland

Mount Stanzerhorn...


Easter Holiday: Day 22: Contiki European Discovery tour: April 14, 2011-- Florence

Easter Holiday: Days 20-21: Contiki European Discovery tour: April 12-13, 2011--Rome

The Colosseum...

Perhaps the most famous fountain in the world?...

The Vatican...


 Spanish Steps...