Reading: Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
I’ve been reading this on my Kindle through a free download from the library (libraries! who knew?). The formatting seems a little strange, with multiple inner-books and very long chapters mixed with short ones. I hope it’s not a Kindle formatting problem, but it’s distracting from the plot as I try to figure out why the setup is as such. The world Maguire is extending out of L. Frank Baum’s books is fantastic (L.F.B as Elphaba, love it). So far, there’s much more religion in the book than I would have expected, all intertwined with magic. Maguire manages to keep the book firmly grounded in reality, just an alternate world where religion, magic, fantasy, and sorcery are combined guiding powers. The Wizard of Oz may have been a children’s story, but Maguire’s version most certainly is not.
Watching: House of Cards on Netflix
Started watching House of Cards on Netflix a few days ago, first binge-watch of the new year. Sidenote: I definitely think Netflix’s available-all-at-once model is a sign of things to come. House of Cards feels like a testosterone-centric version of The Good Wife. More brutal, gritty, less emotional, but the same level of drama, backstabbing, and scandal. Kevin Spacey as Frank Underwood is transfixing. His accent, his metaphors, his reserved calm in the face of total chaos. I’m absolutely dying to see the moment where Frank completely loses it, explodes with rage, screaming so fiercely he spits his words out and finally messes up that perfectly coiffed hair of his. As the show goes on, the one element that is starting to bug me is the progression of time. In the first few episodes, the time stream felt continuous, and I liked that Frank was able to carry out so many dealings and manipulations in only a few weeks. But then suddenly, episodes moved from picking up the next day, to picking up the next month without explanation. Second season premieres soon, can’t wait!
Grad School Applications: 3/5 completed
I’m in the process of applying to grad schools for Fall 2014. I have 3 of my 5 applications completed, for USC, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Indiana University-Bloomington. Aim high, right? My two remaining are for Georgia State University and NC State. The longer the process drags on, the more paranoid I get that I may have aimed too high, that my records aren’t strong enough, and that I have no idea what I’ll do if I don’t get in anywhere.
I am currently unemployed and have a student loan payment due next 1st of the month. Not the best way to start out my post-grad status. If I don’t get into grad school, I’m moving to New York to fulfill my destiny as an editorial assistant and being the Friends phase of my life as the Monica to Kristi’s Phoebe.
Basically, this is my life now: