So I attended The First Annual El Jadida Grand Prix today. We found a good spot at a corner and watched rally cars take the 300-degree turn at speeds that would make my car back home flip. It was fascinating to see. I’ve never been to anything like that–even in The States. I suddenly realized what Posh Corps means. While most of the people in the Peace Corps experience poverty and constrained diets, I am living in a metropolitan city…and a three minute walk from a large super market. For the most part, I am in the Posh Corps. Though Posh Corps does have it’s downsides….namely harassment.
It hasn’t been an especially long week, but I found myself excessively tired this morning. After doing our morning with the young kids, I was glad to be on weekend. Now I get a day and a half off before doing the intense last week of work here at the orphanage. It’s been a great month for me–full of reflection and work and writing. I have come up with several ideas for how to utilize my time in the Peace Corps. Most of it requires wifi for faster internet. So September is going to be an interesting month for me–looking for a new house and setting up the internet while I start working with the kids.
Today is the third day of The 50-Day Memory Challenge. I wrote about last summer–reflecting on the massive fire that burned the mountains just outside my town.
Now that this blog is back to being a writing blog rather than a Peace Corp Writer’s blog, it is time to embark on a new project. After much contemplation, I decided to restart the 50-Day Memory challenge. I tried to do this last year, but broke a lot of the rules and stopped far short of the goal. If all goes well, I should be done with this project in early October. I hope you enjoy.
Getting back into the swing of writing has helped me immensely. I love these memories more than anything right now. I am going to make a bit of a change to the Memory Challenge…although you will not notice. I am starting to talk about private things. Although I am okay sharing my private memories…I don’t want to share other people’s private memories. As a result, I am now changing all names. Unless you know me personally…and pretty well…you should not know who I am talking about.
I spent three and half hours today talking with my favorite teacher for high school. My mind has erupted with activity from the intelligent conversation. She also gave me a book to read. As soon as I’m done reading Mockingjay, this will be my next challenge. It is Stephen King’s alternative history book about the failed assassination attempt on JFK. I can’t wait to read it.
I have been neglecting my writing a bit too much in the past month. I am trying to get back in the swing of things now that the final draft of “The Stagner Chronicle” is complete. Getting back is easy with things like the Memory Challenge. I am going to try to do one each day like I originally intended.
With 39 days until I leave for the Peace Corps, I can’t help but find myself evaluating my life and decisions. My time in Fort Collins has been fun, but it is time for me to move on. I can’t wait to start my service–even if I am scared. Even my back up plans–for if the Peace Corps doesn’t pan out–have me somewhere other than Colorado. I just need to find my own life. I can’t wait for it to start. 39 days is too long…
It’s be an interesting few days. I cannot talk about most of what is going on. I can tell you, however, that the next few weeks promise to hold almost as much intrigue. I have less than a week until I start of month of exploring this country. Connecticut. Iowa. Washington. All in five weeks. I cannot wait. I will do my best to continue updating as this Summer carries on.
Two updates today. First and foremost, I have a new memory for the memory challenge. I realized I had far too few memories about family. This one should make up a little ground on that level. I have also started adding videos of myself reading my stories and poems. This started off as a Kickstarter supplement, but I love to idea too much. Let me know what you think.
I just finished working on the script for Elance. It was supposed to be a 7-minute movie…and I wrote 13 pages. I have a feeling it is too long. Hopefully the contractor doesn’t mind too much. Anyway, I am completely addicted to the idea of screenwriting. The first thing I know I need to do is read through a few scripts from good movies. Does anyone know how to get your hands on movie scripts?
I’m going to take a break this afternoon. I will update the Memory Challenge with Day 13 this evening or night. It’s going to be very different from the ones I have done. I’ve been looking through the newspaper from my hometown and it sparked several strange memories. I can’t help but recall the strange circumstances of my high school graduation…and the strange realization that I am exactly who my 18 year old self wanted me to be.
I’m thoroughly enjoying the weather right now. I live in Colorado…where the smoke has consumed us for about a month now. Luckily, we are entering the rainy season. It looks like a monsoon out there. I love it. Time to go play and get soaked.
With the help of a reader, I am finally getting back to my “50-Day Memory Challenge.” Although it is not going to be anywhere near fifty continuous days, I will finish this challenge. Today is day ten. After receiving a long email from a reader, I couldn’t help but continue writing about my experiencing with the abortion my girlfriend and I had six years ago.
I got sick last night and didn’t end up working very much on my Elance job. I then proceeded to sleep for twelve hours. I feel better, bu now I only have a few hours left to finish my job. This is going to be a long day of work. Time to get back to it.
Here is day seven of my memory challenge. This is one of my favorite yet.
Today was just one of those days. From the moment I woke up, I was pissy. Luckily, I know how to deal with it. I’ve stayed away from most everyone all day and just read. When I get like this, my writing tends to suffer with it…so I just relax instead. Thus the reading. I haven’t read nearly enough int he past few weeks so I’m glad I gave myself this opportunity.
I keep getting random emails from the Peace Corp. My medical has been in for a month. If the tentative date of January 2013 sticks, I will be leaving in 202-233 days. A big part of me wants to be called in for early duty. This waiting game is killing me. I want to date but I feel guilty about entering a relationship knowing it has to end in six months. I wouldn’t mind getting a job, but I know I would have to lie to get it. I would love to move to Denver, but I can’t sign a lease. Just let me go already! I can leave tomorrow! Anywho, here is Day Five of the Memory Challenge.