Today, I present to you a post in three parts.
As Thomas Jefferson once said, “I cannot live without books!” Here’s what I’m reading this week.
- The Half Life of Molly Pierce by Katrina Leno. This is a story about a girl who has only remembered half her life – until now. How could I not try this book?!
- The Neverending Story by Michael Ende. I actually decided to read this thanks to another book. Cornelia Funke’s Inkheart books quote it quite often.
- Geography Club by Brent Hartinger. A modern classic in the LGBTQ+ genre. This looks like a short, fun read.
- Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender. This looks like pure fluff in the form of paranormal romance. EXCELLENT.
Is it just me, or are all the most-exciting movies coming out this year? 2014 is especially good in terms of book-to-film adaptations: Divergent, The Giver, The Maze Runner, Mockingjay: Part I, and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. (And… The Fault in Our Stars, which I DO NOT LIKE, but hey. If you’re a fan and you enjoyed it, then I’m happy that you’re happy. Because I’m nice that way.)
But that’s not all! There’s also Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Maleficent and How to Dragon Your Dragon 2. All of which are adaptations, actually, albeit adaptations of comics and fairy tales. And the last one is the sequel to a book-to-film adaptation, but that still counts, doesn’t it?
AND then there’s Doctor Who‘s eighth series and Game of Thrones‘ fourth series. Although they’re not movies, they’re still pretty awesome.
What I’m trying to say here is that two thousand and fourteen is the year of the movies. And that I am a super-excited nerd.
In particular, I can’t wait to see the final Hobbit movie and part one of Mockingjay! At some point I’ll definitely write longer “film trailer reactions” as I usually do, but in the meantime I’ll just fangirl over the recently-released teaser trailer for the latter film.
Oh my god. WANT. I can’t wait to see more of the scene with Katniss at the hospital, and Natalie Dormer as Cressida, and stuff in District 13, and did I mention Natalie Dormer as Cressida?
…sorry, I just really like her acting. And her face. And her Game of Thrones character.
…and I’m now cutting this part of the post short because I actually do have serious things to talk about in the next part. Basically, yay, Mockingjay! Yay, movies in general!
If you’re friends with me on Facebook you’ll already know the good news, but I thought I’d post it here anyway because it makes me so happy: About a week ago, I was accepted to the University of Iowa! It’s my dream college, so I’ll be headed there in the fall of 2015 as a freshman. Its students are known as ‘Hawkeyes,’ hence the title of this post.
I plan to double-major in Creative Writing and Journalism, with a minor in GWSS (Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies). I haven’t been accepted to the creative writing program yet, but that’s all right: I can’t even do that until my junior year of college.
Why Iowa, of all places? Good question. Well, their English programs, especially the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, are among the best in the USA, maybe even in the world. I don’t want to sound like I’m bragging – I’m just really pleased, that’s all – but this is the equivalent of a music student attending Juilliard, or a engineering major attending MIT. It’s really, really prestigious.
And I’m really, really excited.
As clichéd as it sounds, I never thought things would turn out like this. It is NOT normal to apply (much less be accepted) to college the July before one’s senior year – November / December / January is more common. (This confused more than one of my international blogging friends!) But hey, the U of Iowa opened applications really early, and I had all the necessary documents and test scores, and it really seems like the right place for me to be… so why not apply as soon as possible?
To my mind, the school offers exactly the combination I was looking for – SUPERB writing programs, plus an open-minded and super-liberal environment. Yay! (Fun fact of the day: The University of Iowa’s organization for LGBTQ+ college students, Spectrum UI, was the first of its kind in the nation. Double yay!)
You know, it’s funny. One year ago I would’ve said NO THANKS to any offers from Midwest colleges. I guess that over time, I realized I didn’t have a problem with the Midwest. I had a problem with small-mindedness. So if I can find a more accepting place (that is also FILLED WITH COOL WRITER PEOPLE) that just so happens to be near where I’ve lived all my life, then that totally works. I’m not saying I’ll never live anywhere else – in fact, I think I’d quite like to. But for now, this works.
I look forward to studying at the University of Iowa in the future, and I look forward to a hopefully non-stressful senior year. Now that I won’t have to worry about applications (I actually applied to only one place because it was still so early in the process), I can use that extra time to find scholarships!
What’s new in your life?