red_reaper: (Writer)
Hey everyone, I'm back from London. Actually been back for about two weeks now and I had an absolutely marvelous time. I cannot believe how quickly it went or how much I grew personally while i was there. If a month could change my life, I wonder what a semester would have done? If you want to read more about my trip, you can go to

The last two weeks have been pretty chill. I checked out twelve books from the library and I'm slowly working my way through those. Okay, not exactly slowly since I finish another book about every three days, but it feels slow. My parents rented a storage unit for all the crap in our house (well, the major crap like the desks we don't use and the Christmas decorations) so my room is fully my own again. Still a mess, but the mess is all mine. I also sent my desk to storage because a) I never really use it and b) I want to buy a third bookcase to put in there so my current bookcases can become a little more orderly. Right now pretty much every shelf is two lines deep with books.

I also recently started a new blog called Diary of a Would-Be Writer (And Mildly Deadly Cook). That last part almost sounds like I'm a ninja, but it actually means that you eat what I cook at your own peril. I'm not sure exactly what it's about or how often it'll be updated, but I found that I loved writing the one in London. So there you go. Have fun with it.

I swear, there will be some book reviews soon. I have read a ton of books (94 this year and counting) and have reviews I just haven't posted yet. I'll try to get them up in the next day or so. It's not like I have a whole lot of other stuff keeping me from it.

Take Care

London Blog

Jul. 1st, 2010 03:18 pm
red_reaper: (Inner demons)
So I am finally in London! Yes, I am here and while I'm feeling a little sick (which meant I couldn't go to London today. Dang it!) I'm pretty settled. I had plane issues and it took around 36 hours from the time I got up Tuesday to the time I arrived at the dorm on Wednesday. If you want to read about these issues and more of my exciting summer in London, I started a blog. It's called London: The Epic Adventure and can be found at I'll be updating it fairly regularly during my stay here.

Take Care

red_reaper: (Inner demons)
This is the chant going through my head right now. I leave for London tomorrow morning and I am a bit of a twisted mess. I'm excited and nervous and wired and panicked and ecstatic. It's all wrapped up into a ball of emotion I'm trying to keep under control so I don't get sick. My doctor did give me a mild tranquilizer if I flip out too badly and get sick on the trip. We did a test run of these and found that it actually takes 2 pills to really affect me. And then I get loopy; not sleepy, just loopy. It was funny to watch yesterday and felt like what happens when I stay up too late. Mom thinks I should just take 1.5 when on the plane.

This trip has also shown me what a light packer I am. I have one checked suitcase and a backpack (both made to survive a nuclear war) and my small purse. And that's all I need. The suitcase isn't stuffed and it even has a quilt that drapes over the sides of a twin bed. Plus my laptop and all my school supplies and a couple changes of clothes and two books are in the backpack. I don't know that there's a lot of room left over for souvenirs, but if I need to, I can get another carry-on and put the purse in my backpack.

In other news, my summer's been going good. Meg's puppy is almost fully potty trained. I have been able to sleep in my bed (my room's still not clean, but Mom promises it will be when I get back). I've mostly been reading and watching Joan of Arcadia with my family. That show makes me much less panicked about the fact that my books haven't arrived. Maybe I'm meant to go to a bookstore in London to buy them and I'll meet someone who'll be a great friend (or hot English boyfriend). Maybe I'll share with someone in class and we'll bond over studying late at night.  just know that I'm going to try and be open to all opportunities and not stay as a hermit in my room (which I will have all to myself, along with my own bathroom).

Oh and I almost forgot one of the biggest things: I learned how to cook! At least a little. Since the dorms in London have a shared kitchen area, Mom's been having me make dinner the last four nights and she's sending recipe cards with me. I feel so accomplished being about to make something that doesn't come from a box or consist mostly of bread.

Well, that's all for now. My next update shall be from London!
Take Care.

red_reaper: (Reading)
I thought of Road to Eldorado when typing the title so there you go. I am still not dead. I am a very sucky poster apparently and I cannot believe it's been over two months since my last post. *Cringes* Sorry about the lack of updating. So it's been a pretty quiet Spring Quarter. Actually it's been a dead Spring Quarter. I have one class that actually has homework so I've been very bored. Don't get me wrong, i love having a little time for whatever I want to do, but I need to at least have something I should be working on. I read 17 books last month. 17. I love that I got to read but come on, give me something to do! I'm completely done with my classwork aside from revising my final story and taking the Mythology exam.

Next quarter should be very fun though, and a little less tedious. I get to take Studies in Young Adult Literature and an Editing and Publishing class. Hopefully, I will also get to take the Children's Literature class that I can't register for now because it is major restricted. Here's hoping it doesn't fill up and I can snag a spot. I'm excited to take YA Lit because I love YA. It's always been one of my favorite genres. Now, if there was a paranormal romance/urban fantasy class, I'd be all over that in a heartbeat.

I'm also gearing up for London this summer. Yes, I got into the program, have everything paid and worked out, and I leave the 28th of June! I can't believe I get to spend an entire month in London! I also joined the Facebook group for the trip and found some people who want to go to King's Cross with me and find Platform 9 3/4. We're also going to find a telephone booth and go to the Ministry of Magic. :D This summer is going to be absolutely amazing!

Within the past month I also started dating Will. We've been going out for five weeks and I really like him. He's a great guy and he seems to really care about me. Which is good because he's accrued various threats from people in my church and family of what will happen if he hurts me. We've each met the other's parents and my parents liked him (thought he was rather quiet, but nice) while his parents seemed to like me as well. This is the first time I've actually seriously dated someone. I had one and a half boyfriends in the past (I say half because I broke up with him after five days) but I didn't cared about them like I do Will. And he hasn't dated anyone before me. It's kind of nice. I don't know if we'll last, but I like what's happening now.

I will try and get some book reviews up soon and I'll try to be more on top of posting. I'm going to aim for once a week.

Take Care


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