Winter Update

My favorite season.

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve updated you lovely people on my life! Let’s start with the small stuff and work our way to the big reveal, shall we? Although this isn’t “small” by any means, it’s the least extraordinary piece of news…I’m in my last semester of undergrad. I may have finally caught senioritis, as I’m only taking 12 credits and three real classes (the fourth is independent study). I’m still looking forward to and enjoying my courses, but I don’t feel the same pressure I used to. My French class fulfills my humanities credit, my Spanish class is for fun, and my painting class is going to kick my ass in the most wonderful unpredictable way. 

Now, for a more exciting piece of news, I’m going to Princeton in Asia interviews at the end of the month! I heard back from the program last month and I found out I was one of the selected applicants. There is still a lot of competition left, so I’m not sure if I’ll get the placement, but I’m hopeful. And I’ve never flown anywhere for an interview before (what you get for being a Romance Languages major), so this will be a new experience, even though it’s only to Chicago. Wish me luck, guys. 

As soon as I get back from the interview, though, I’m taking the February LSAT. I’ll need a lot more luck for this test…I’m shooting for a score that may or may not be unreasonable, considering I’ve only started studying recently. I was originally planning to take a Princeton Review prep course so that I would be forced to study diligently, but they canceled the course and I’m on my own now, which means procrastination is my worst enemy. 

So I finally heard back from my agent! She said many, many good things about my book. I can’t share the specifics with you without giving away spoilers, but I was especially touched when she said one of the scenes made her sob out loud. As always, it’s really rewarding to see how readers relate to your writing differently from how you would expect. I hadn’t thought much of that particular scene when I wrote it. Of course, she also had many criticisms, and I appreciated them just as much. In the end, I agreed to give her main suggestion a shot and completely restructure the timeline of the novel so that it is no longer in chronological order. So far, the revisions are going well and we should have this novel out for submission shortly. 

I would be dishonest if I said that the above commitments were keeping me busy. The truth is that my relationships are taking up most of my time these days, and I’m perfectly content with that. Relationships, you ask? Why, yes. These days my beautiful Arabian mare, Betsy, is learning to share me with my handsome German boyfriend, Hans. And yes, they’ve met. We’re just a happy, polyamorous family. 

How is your 2014 so far? Any exciting news of your own to share with us?

À bientôt,



3 thoughts on “Winter Update

  1. Rebecca…how refreshing and exciting to read your winter update. So many wonderful things going on for you and I am so hopeful on your behalf. Can’t wait to read this book of yours…whenever it get through its metamorphasis! You are such an incredible talent and the world awaits you! I’ve been communicating with Amy Tan recently. She told me it took her 10 years to write The Joy Luck Club and her most recent book took 8 years. So you are way ahead of the curve. Stay strong.

    My winter update is less than stellar. Just before Christmas, my beautiful wife, Kerri, asked for a divorce. I’ve been sort of wandering in a dark void since then. But I have to accept that she isn’t happy and deserves to find that happiness, even if it means leaving me. It’s strange…we still love one another…we just haven’t been happy for so many years. I can only love and support her decision. We have many difficult days ahead as we plan our separation and divorce.

    I self-published a small edition of my poetry on Amazon and it’s been selling really well, so there’s that. I have four books of poetry I am editing, to be released as a series later this year. We’ll see how that goes. I am not in the mood for writing, however, so I hope things improve along those lines before long. Who knows.

    Again, Rebecca…so proud of you! Good luck on your tests and your Princeton interview. I am so excited for you.

    With great affection,


    • If this novel gets published, I’ll be sure to send you an advanced reader’s copy! 🙂 I’ve read and heard great things about Amy Tan — that’s amazing that you’re in contact with her. I also saw her TED talk from a while back and she was brilliant in it. I don’t think I’d ever have the commitment to work on a book for a decade, so let’s hope I never have to!

      Yes, I’ve been following your updates on your blog. You’ve written beautifully about it and I have no words for you except to say that I can empathize somewhat. Also, although this is cliché, give it time and I am sure you will find yourself in a better place someday.

      I am so happy to hear your poetry is selling well! I’ll be sure to check it out.

      Thank you so much for your encouragement as always! I wish you all the best.


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