Planes, Plays, and Poets

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Hello there! I know I’m late but I have an excuse. I’m traveling! I’m really only going to be gone for about a day and a half–I’ll be back at school Sunday evening–but it’s still a bit of traveling. I went to my niece’s baptism! I finally got to meet her for the first time, and hold her–although I’m not used to holding babies so I’m always afraid I’m going to do something and hurt her.

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Papers, papers, papers. They pile up at the end of the semester. Good thing I only have 5 pages of thesis due (though of course I’m going to try and write more. I’ll have more to write over Christmas break anyway).

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Did I just say Christmas break? GAHHH! It’s barely even Thanksgiving but Christmas is so close! I just can’t even—


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I’m actually rather looking forward to next semester–not because it’s my last *weep* but because I’m kind of excited about the stuff I’ll be doing. I’ll be finishing thesis, sure, but I’m also secretary of my Sigma Tau Delta chapter and we’re going to try to meet more often; and I’m in a creative writing class; AND I’m taking ballroom dancing; and hanging out with friends. I might even apply to be an RA for next semester–all my RA friends are telling me to, anyway, since there’ s an opening. And I’d get paid.

Decisions, decisions!

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One of the biggest things I’m excited about for next semester is putting on a play. Not a play with the school’s acting troupe, but with my friends. See, last year, one of my friends and I decided that we wanted to write a play, particularly in honor of the guy who runs our Honors program because he’s freakin’ awesome and does so much and pretty much treats us like his kids. As well as being ridiculously intelligent.

So we wrote a medieval comedy incorporating some of the ideas of the philosophers we learned about in class. Mocking Machiavelli and Bacon, mostly.

It was tough to do–we casted the play from among our friends before we were even finished with it, and we finished it late over Christmas break, so people didn’t have as much time to memorize lines. Also, we’d kind of just announce every week what days we were going to practice, and some people were grumpy about coming–we didn’t have a schedule, although we had a date for the play, so we knew when rehearsals needed to be finished. Us coauthors also co-directed the play, and costumed everyone, and put money into it. We even bought plastic weapons and one of our friends make some simple costumes.

Even though it was put together somewhat haphazardly, it was still SO MUCH FUN. It was a surprise for our Professor, and we were lucky enough to get his wife in on it. We were so happy she agreed to keep it a surprise. He almost didn’t show up and he came through backstage instead of the front and thought people were doing some costume party–but it all worked out.

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Everybody enjoyed it so much that they wanted to do another one. Not having the time or energy to write another play, my friend and I (at others’ suggestion) decided we would direct people in The Importance of Being Earnest. I’m very exciting, because directing was quite fun, and if we’re more organized this time, which I hope we are, then things should go much more smoothly.

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On a completely unrelated note: I started watching the first episode of Aku no Hana, which has made me but Baudelaire’s Les fleurs de mal on my to-read list. I haven’t gotten that far–maybe ten minutes in–but the art already intrigues me. It’s like the used the motion capture like they do for characters like Gollum, and just animated real people’s faces. I’ve not experienced this before in my anime watching.

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