What I’ve been up to- Victorian Lit, Writerly Google Searches, and Snippets

Hello there, world! I hope you are all well and safe. This has been a rough and crazy year so far for everyone. I’ve been doing a lot of tap-dancing, baking and–strangely enough–compulsive cleaning in an effort to stay positive. Whatever works, I guess?

By now, I’m sure no one is surprised anymore when I “mysteriously” disappear for the duration of the school semester, but summer is now approaching! And thus, I have shaken off my academic chains and find myself able to return to the world of blogging (hopefully??).

So here’s a messy sort of recap of what I’ve been up to since I posted last a million years ago.

Reading

So…I haven’t actually read that many books for fun this year?? I had a lot of reading for my English classes, as well as work for other classes, and I was doing shows and….there was just very little time.

BUT I did get to read some great books for my Victorian literature class! We read Jane Eyre, which I’ve been wanting to re-read for a while, so that worked out nicely.

Can we just take a moment to appreciate how smartly Charlotte Bronte articulates complex human emotions/experiences? Reading it this time, this quote from Mrs. Reed really stuck out to me:

“…you affirmed that the very thought of me made you sick, and asserted that I had treated you with miserable cruelty. I could not forget my own sensations when you thus started up and poured out the venom of your mind: I felt fear, as if an animal that I had struck or pushed had looked up at me with human eyes and cursed me in a man’s voice” (Jane Eyre volume II chapter VI)

Mrs. Reed is confronted with the fact that she has been mistreating Jane, but instead of the horror of that realization propelling her to change, her reaction is to hate Jane even more for revealing her own cruelty, and I just?? It’s so twisted, but so human???

For the same class, we also read Dracula. It was my first time reading it, and it was surprisingly enjoyable.A few random facts/reasons to read it:

  • It’s written entirely as diary entries, letters, telegrams, etc.
  • A bunch of English people, a Dutch man, and….Quincey Morris, who is randomly from Texas?
  • Mina Harker arriving with a typewriter in her luggage to help take down a vampire is a level of amazingness I aspire to
  • Dr. Seward! Dr. Seward is pretty great.
  • Jonathan Harker turning into a premature old man.
  • Van Helsing saying things like, “I’m not going to tell you what’s going on, but just trust me. We need to sneak into a tomb in the middle of the night and cut the head off a corpse.”

I’ve never read a book about vampires before, but it turned out to be quite good fun.

Music Twenty One Pilots


So…yeah. A few months ago my cousin started telling me all the Twenty One Pilots songs I needed to listen to, so I listened to those songs…and every other song. And here we are.

Super jammin’ tunes + smart/introspective/random lyrics + rapping + ukulele + random yelling and/or screaming

What’s not to love?

And I will say that we should take a day to break away
From all the pain our brain has made, the game is not played alone
And I will say that we should take a moment and hold it
And keep it frozen and know that life has a hopeful undertone
-Migraine

Also, my sisters and I now regularly walk up to each other and scream “I AM NOT AS FINE AS I SEEM. Pardon.” So there’s that.

A few “favorites” (but I can’t pick favorites because I love them ALL)

  • Car Radio   (*distraught screaming*)
  • Heathens  (It’s so JAMMIN’ and the lyrics just smash me into a pancake)
  • Holding on to You (*moves feet to introspective beat*)
  • Guns for Hands  (I get way too excited every time it gets to that part where the whole groove of the song shifts and it goes into the rap)
  • The Judge  (The first few lines alone???)
  • Leave the City  (*breaks into three part harmony with my sisters and repeats the bridge six millions times*)
  • Neon Gravestones  (…Dang. Just…dang.)
  • Level of Concern  (Of course. It’s a quarantine song!)
  • March to the Sea  (“No one looks up anymore / ‘Cause you might get a raindrop in your eye, / And heaven forbid, they see you cry”)
  • Jumpsuit (Complete with super-dramatic music video shot in Iceland)

…and I’ll stop now before I list every song on every album.

Writing

I’ve done quite a bit of writing these past few months. What have I been writing about? Well, let’s look at my Google search history, shall we?

  • what do you steer a fighter plane with?
  • what is hand sanitizer made of?
  • what sports do they hold up score numbers for?
  • how long does a nose bleed last?
  • how often do men shave?
  • how long does it take to trim a beard?
  • when were library cards invented?
  • when were airplanes invented?
  • slow growing tree
  • slow growing tree species
  • astraphobia
  • fairy tales with elves

I’m sure that clears everything up.

E7mBeLB

One project I worked on was a one-act play about Orpheus and Eurydice (not inspired by Hadestown at ALL). My sister suggested the idea of a play that takes place entirely in the time that they’re walking out of the underworld. I got all excited, but then she said she wasn’t going to write it and that I had to. SO I DID.

It is:

  • Still very much a first draft
  • Comprised entirely of long monologues full of angst (as is my way)
  • Very obviously written by someone who usually writes prose, because these monologues are so wordy and no one describes things in such minute detail when they’re speaking

But here are a few snippets anyway, because why not?

O snip 1
Orpheus essentially says “Pshaw, death.”
E snip 1
Eurydice remembering Orpheus as a child at his mother’s funeral
O snip 2
Orpheus talking about his anxiety through music metaphors, as you do when you’re Orpheus

In other news, at the beginning of this year I was planning on doing Camp Nanowrimo in July (as I have the past 2 years)…but now I don’t think that is going to happen. Why, you ask?

Because…I semi-accidentally started drafting a book in April.

And it’s a sequel. To a book I was not planning on writing a sequel to. So here we are.

I’m hoping to finish the first draft by the end of this month, but even if I do, turning right around and jumping into a new novel next month sounds like…something I will not be doing.

I just hit 40k words this morning. The plot is a mess. I don’t know who the characters are anymore. But enjoy these snippets with zero context!

SC snip 1SC snip 2SC snip 3

And there you have it.

Oh! One last thing I did: I graduated from college! Which was….somewhat anticlimactic. For obvious reasons. But I have my degree now! And maybe, since I won’t be in school this fall, I could actually do Nanowrimo in November?? Who knows??

What have you been up to? Have you read any Victorian Literature? Do you listen to Twenty One Pilots? If so, what are your favorite songs? What have you been writing? What recent Google searches have you made in the name of writing? Do tell!

 

 

 

15 thoughts on “What I’ve been up to- Victorian Lit, Writerly Google Searches, and Snippets

  1. Congratulations on graduating college! That’s amazing! I loved reading this post and I’m very excited for all your posts to come in the future. 💛
    I love Jane Eyre! This made me want to do a reread. I have never considered reading Dracula, but your list of bullet points made me want to.
    Ahh, I love the lyrics on Car Radio! My sister and I listen to it a lot in the car and it’s just a really great vibe. Now I feel compelled to listen to it and more Twenty One Pilots because you have properly convinced me to do so!
    Your google search history! Haha. I haven’t written in forever, but when I did, I remember it looking a lot like that, with very odd questions and oftentimes something like “French girl names starting with C” or something. I love all your snippets!! I have to say, Jack sounds like an amazing character and just from the few sentences, I can tell I love his energy.

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    1. Thanks! I had zero plans to read Dracula until I took this class, but it turned out to be quite entertaining 🙂 Yes! Go forth and listen to more Twenty One Pilots! Oh, yes, the name searches. I’ve made lots of those too, including “dutch boy names” and “girl spy names”. Aw, I’m glad you like the snippets and Jack! He was one of those characters that just appeared without me planning it or really knowing who he was, but he has turned out to be one of my favorites 🙂

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  2. I was just talking about someone how it seems like classics seem to be reliably brilliant at articulating emotions!
    Oh my goodness, there’s no way that’s a list of what happens in Dracula. There’s a TEXAN?? I feel like for literally every classic I’m surprised by what they’re actually about or how they’re written. Hearing that Dracula is written in a variety of formats reminds of how I felt when I realized that Frankenstein was written through the eyes of the doctor telling the story afterwards.
    OH MY, the third snippet made me just stop and read it again and then just stop again. I’m serious. I’m serious!!!

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    1. Yes, there is a TEXAN in Dracula, and I’m still not over it XD It is weird how I sort of feel like I know what certain classics are about, but then, when I read them, I realize I actually had no idea (I didn’t know that Frankenstein was a story within a story either until I read it). Aw, thank you! So glad you like that snippet 🙂

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      1. Yes!! That’s exactly how I feel with classics too. And even when they literally tell you what it’s about with the title, I’m still surprised. I was surprised when I read both War and Peace and Crime and Punishment and realized that yes, that was literally what the books were about. I think it’s because I’m so used to the more abstract titles books have now.

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      2. Yesss, definitely. What are you feelings on titles where it’s specifically quote in the book? This might sound like I have strong feelings on them, but I’m not sure what I think.

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      3. I think it depends on the quote. Sometimes it’s a really great quote that I think encompasses the theme of the book really well, but sometimes it just feels like they pulled a random quote out that supposed to be significant…but why is it significant? Who knows.

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  3. congrats on graduating college, that’s so huge!! finishing my school year also felt anticlimactic so i can’t imagine how actually graduating and finishing college felt haha. i loved reading all your snippets from your eurydice/orpheus piece, i’ve always loved that story so much ❤ lately i've been working on a writing project as well and one of my recent searches was "tragic events thailand" so 😎😎

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    1. Thanks so much! I do wonder if, years from now, people will look at the class of 2020 like “Pshaw, you didn’t even have to go to school the second half of your last semester” or if it will be more like “Oh, wow, you survived the stress of last minute assignment changes and your internet freezing up in the middle of Zoom calls with your professors *is impressed*”
      Haha, that’s a great writer search XD Glad you enjoyed the snippets!

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  4. hi there! it’s me again, because I always know that anyone else who likes TØP is gonna have a lot of common ground, and yet again I was right :))I too love Jane Eyre and have always wanted to read Dracula (I definitely will now after reading this post). and your summary of your fav tøp songs was so hilarious to me because once someone asked me what my fav song of theirs was and I wrote literally 7 paragraphs and had to stop myself. also, you’re a writer too and your WIP looks really awesome!
    anyways, very happy I found your blog and I look forward to reading more!
    power to the local dreamer ||-//

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    1. So happy to have you here, fellow bandito! If your love of Twenty One Pilots is (in a roundabout what) what finally gets you to read Dracula, that would be fantastic XD . It’s SO HARD not to go on for seven paragraphs, because these songs deserve so many paragraphs of raving and rambling and just generally appreciating. So very glad you enjoyed the post, and I look forward to having you around! 🙂

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