As previously anticipated, crunch time has come. I turned in my first paper (Intro to Modern Lit), but ended up skipping Farmville’s biggest event of the year, Picnic Day, to study for my upcoming Genetics midterm.
♦ Intro to Modern Lit: Wrapped up poetry with Muriel Rukeyser’s “The Book of the Dead” and moved on to short stories.
♦ Genetics: got harder with linkage and mapping. Chromosome variation a little better.
♦ Chinese History: Buddhism, Sui, and Tang Dynasty.
♦ Advanced Fiction Workshop: everyone signed up to read their favorite page of prose, so I shared the first page of Lolita. We had some pretty nifty exercises: first we had to write 26 lines with the first word of each in consecutive alphabet order, then a 2-page dialogue exercise in which one character is keeping a secret from the other. We also read CEREMONY by Leslie Marmon Silko and passed out the first round of workshop stories!
No books or movies to report, what with crunch time, but I did listen to Julia Halter (fun fact: my brother sat in front of her at a Joanna Newsom concert!) and Pearl Charles’ new single, “Phases”.
I wanted desperately to finish recalibrating! Ultimately, though, I decided to focus on midterm prep. So my manuscript wasn’t touched this week.