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?