I’m sure you’re all super disappointed that I haven’t been updating you on my glamorous new live in Evanston/Chicago. No longer! Now that I have non-writing workshop undergrad classes (English class requirements for my teaching credential even though I already have a BA in English — ugh), I have time to write!
I know what you’re thinking: wait, what? How do classes add to your free time? Well, if you’ve spent a lot of time with me at pretty much any point in my life, you know that I don’t find many lecture classes helpful, so I don’t pay attention in a lot of them. (If you’re a former professor and reading this, I TOTALLY focused 100% in your class on what you were saying and stuff. Seriously. I did.) Usually it’s when the professor stands in front of the class and talks non-stop for an hour and a half (or longer) that I stop caring.
The one class I’m blogging in is supposed to be a comparative literature course focusing on ancient Japanese literature. So, when class starts, the professor tells us all the summaries of the things we’re supposed to have read over the weekend And, okay, it is 200-300 pages per week, so even I don’t do all of the reading, but still, it gets ridiculous. And then, to make it more annoying, she teaches us Japanese vocab. even though we’re reading all translations and there aren’t any quizzes or tests. It’s a “just for fun” thing that takes up about half of the class time. Anyway, the point is that this class bores me, so I’m going to be writing some blog posts while it’s in session.
I didn’t do much last quarter — between adjusting to this new city, work, and school, I didn’t have much chance to do a lot of fun, outside-of-the-apartment things. There were, however, two major events that were exciting for me. I went to two book signings, one with Cory Doctorow and one with John and Carole Barrowman.
Cory Doctorow is an award-winning sci-fi author, and I went for his new novel Pirate Cinema. I had a lot more fun than I thought I would. The only thing I’ve read by him was a steampunk short story (an amazing one, but I can’t remember the title, unfortunately), so I guess I didn’t know what to expect. All I have to say is that if you ever have a chance to hear Cory Doctorow speak and/or read, do it. He’s incredibly intelligent, well-spoken, and NICE. I had a lot of fun at this event and was grinning about it even a few days later. He spoke a lot about Creative Commons licensing, which is always very interesting. And, if you are interested in his work, you can buy them, but he also offers them for free on his website as PDFs, Mobis, PRCs, etc. Here’s his Pirate Cinema page.
Some of you may know John Barrowman as an actor. He plays Captain Jack Harkness in Doctor Who and Torchwood and is now in the CW show, Arrow. He and his sister wrote a children’s fantasy book called Hollow Earth, and as a Doctor Who/Torchwood fan, I skipped poetry class to get his signature on a book and see him in person.
Because of his popularity, this wasn’t as intimate as the Doctorow reading, but it was still a lot of fun.
Answers to common questions from friends:
1) He is MORE handsome in person and has striking green eyes. Even on a regular basis, I have issues with remembering how to breathe, and I definitely forgot to breathe when we made eye contact.
2) He is as hilarious and charismatic as you imagine him to be.
3) His sister is just as awesome.
Alright, enough of being a bad student. Back to my boring class.