I read through all the documents in my Peace Corps packet again. With 39 days until I leave, it seems necessary to figure out as much as I can. I sent an email to my director. I got a response this morning that my Peace Corps Passport has already been issued and will be waiting for me at the staging even on January 14th. I should get more information on the staging event before Christmas…but from what I’ve read, it looks like it may be in Philadelphia.
Over the next 39 days, my time will be divided up between learning Arabic, reading, writing, and hanging out with friends and family. Oh, and watching the Denver Broncos kick some ass. As a result, I will be updating new stuff sporadically based on what I am doing each day. I will, however, continue uploading old pieces for you daily. I really like the one for today. I hope you do too:
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.
Things have settled down considerably in my life. I am getting used to a house with only two roommates. There are only a couple weeks left in the semester for them. I have about a month of possible subbing until the district is out. I can feel summer hiding around the corner. And it sounds like we are going to be able to start it off with a kick-ass party. I feel like I can let out a sigh of relief after hold my breath for far too long.
One of the reasons I like writing quickly is that the tone of a story unintentionally changes when your life changes considerably. So, as my life changes, I find myself grateful. I am at the exact middle of my novel. I knew I wanted this to be the point in the story that everything shifts gears. Today, I completed the first part of the story. I wrote a miniature outline for the second half. It’s going to be a different style and probably more difficult and technical to write. I almost feel lucky that this is coinciding with a major change in my life.
In honor of my favorite genre, I present you with two influences from the realm of dystopian novels.
The Hunger Game Series by Suzanne Collins
I first read this book in the Fall of 2011. I heard a few people say it was amazing and realized it was going to be turned into a movie. I ended up picking it for a new book club. I didn’t even realize it was dystopian until I started reading it. I was utterly blown away. Collins created a beautiful character in Katniss and found a way to end a series that even the like of J.K. Rowling couldn’t achieve.
The Uglies Series by Scott Westerfeld
Another young adult title, but incredible nonetheless. So many dystopain novels are built on the idea that our current world will fail, but the people of the future will still have access to our technology. The mixture is frightening yet incredible to read. No one does this better than Scott Westerfeld. The world he creates (read all four) is unlike anything I have every encountered.