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Draft Number Two and My Honors Colloquium Presentation

By • Feb 27th, 2012 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Well, I can honestly say that I have made a great deal of progress in my novel since the time of my last post. I have finished up a second full draft, complete with additions, rewrites, revisions, and a few deletions here and there. It still isn’t a final draft, but nor is it rough.…
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Giving Adia More Voice

By • Dec 30th, 2011 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

What a crazy couple of months! Finals, interviews, applications, and now, home for Winter Break, I’ve been in recovery. Despite my crazy schedule of late, or perhaps because of it, I have actually been surprisingly productive towards the end of November and beginning of December. Since coming home I’ve managed to reconnect with my story…
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It’s October Already? How quickly time passes, yet how deeply it is felt…

By • Sep 30th, 2011 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Time goes by very quickly during the beginning of the school year. I’m shocked that we are already coming to Fall Break. My friends in Oregon and overseas in Scotland have just finished off their first week or two and when I tell them I’m getting essays together for midterms they initially think I’m joking.…
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On August Heat, Natural Disasters, and Rough Drafts

By • Aug 31st, 2011 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Between the hurricanes, swamp fires, and earthquakes, our first week of classes has yielded to ‘first week-take two.’ It has been a climatic start to the end of a hot summer whose last month I spent in Williamsburg. Being on campus in the summer is a vastly different experience to being on campus during the school…
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Into Nepalese Mist

By • Jul 9th, 2011 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

The next 9 days saw me climbing through the Himalayas towards the base of Sagarmatha, Chomolunga, Holy Mother, The Mountain or, to us, Mt Everest. We hiked anywhere from 3 to 9 hours every day. Sometimes the path was steep, sometimes we actually descended as much as we climbed. Our guides jokingly called some days…
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Threading Things Together on Orkney

By • Jun 6th, 2011 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

It’s been a crazy week, part vacation, part preparation, part training, and part writer’s paradise. The Orkney Islands off the north coast of Scotland have a disportionate amount of writers for their population. I have discovered why. It is difficult not to be inspired by the green unbroken fields and water clearer than the tropics.…
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Off to Adventures New

By • May 26th, 2011 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Rain consumes St Andrews as the days tick by to my departure from this little Scottish seaside town that has served as my home since September. It seems that May wishes to be a month of separations. I have hugged good friends one by one as they’ve headed home and out of my life, a…
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Why One Decides to Go Off and Write a Novel

By • Apr 19th, 2011 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Somewhere at sometime someone has probably eloquently spoken to the difficulty writers face in beginning to write. I’m sure someone has also expounded on the difficulty of explaining what it is that causes a writer to write. The truth is, I suppose, that there is no one definable beginnning to any work, no isolated spark…
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