Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Thoughts from the Pocanoes

I am currently staying in the Pocanoes in a resort called Woodloch Pines. I am here with my fiance and my grandparents. Also along is my grandmother's Senior travel group. The scenery is beautiful here and inspiring to look at. The white snow covered grounds, the looming trees, and the flow of the land inspires one.

In my life now I have a few exciting things going on in the literature side. I am still the Chief Editor for Holy Family University's Literary magazine Folio. Folio is a collection of writings done by students and alumni. I am currently going through the proofs and editing many stories. As my old professor Dr. Lombardi used to say, a piece of writing is never finished and can always always be edited again and again. Along with being the editor I am being published in Folio. Two of my short stories were chosen: "Just Another Day," and "What Goes Down Must Come Up." Both stories can be found here on my blog under the odler posts from last year.

Another exciting event coming up in my literary world is that I will be starting classes at Arcadia University for my graduate degree next week. I am taking two very interesting classes. The first is called "Writing for Children." The class will teach me to write query letters, how to get published, and how to write books from picture books up through young adult novels. The second class I will be taking is a class in American Literature. It is called "The Slave Narrative," and it will be examining different slave texts. This is something I look forward to because as an undergraduate I took many classes in British Literature. Numerous courses actually, and now since this is in American Literature it will be something new. My work within American Literature has been brief so I am excited.

Hopefully soon to come I will have more book reviews and perhaps an article or two and maybe even a short story!
See you soon!


Lauren Bishop-Weidner said...

I used slave narratives once with my freshmen (college). Went over like a fart in church. But at grad. level, you'll have a ball. It's fascinating to see the spectrum of humanity through a particular lens, slavery being a rather constricting one, but the breadth and depth of human tenacity and depravity, hope and despair, pain and joy--all those universal things are in those little mini-biographies, and it paints a picture we could never access otherwise. Wow, some sentence, sorry! (Don't tell anybody I think I'm a writer:) I was really going for your short stories, but now I have to go pick up people and do the second shift... In the famous last words of both of your uncles, "more later".

Nicole said...

Thanks Lauren! Don't just think you're a writer know you are one! Hopefully you will get to my short stories soon!