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Personal Responsibility

Hi everyone! Hope you’re enjoying your week – lots happening here in NYC. Passing gay marriage, the gay pride parade, our magazine section finished and our projects completed, and the start of the book section.

I’m not allowed to go into what we’re learning right now in the program but something just happened that made me think of something completely different, and that is personal responsibility. The difference between being a child and being an adult is the fact that you are responsible for your own actions when you grow up. Just thought I’d say that this applies to everything, including work and writing. You must take responsibility for yourself if you hope to be successful. So if you don’t pay attention to a presentation, it is your own fault if you don’t know the subject matter. Sounds harsh but it’s a fact of life. That or just get a friend to take notes for you.

10 Influential Books

I know I just posted my huge Kindle reading list earlier this week (and believe me, that took a lot of doing considering how long it is) and right after, Marissa Meyer posted her top ten (or at least ten) books that influenced her. Pencil_gal responded here and Loki_onyx responded here to Marissa’s question: which are ten books that influenced you?

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NaNoWriMo Plans

I’ve been traveling a lot lately. Right now, I am sitting in the Reagan International Airport in Washington, D.C. waiting for my flight back to Miami. I learned a lot on this trip, about people I used to know and people I am reconnecting with again, some I haven’t seen in over eleven years. One of the big topics that I discussed with them, aside from attending my kindergarten classmate’s wedding as her bridesmaid and hanging out with my old neighbor and best friend, was social media and how they could use it in their own blossoming careers. I told them everything I could in the short time I spent with them, helping them think creatively about their future plans as well as what they could do right now.

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Lolita (fin)

Hello everyone. I’m back from my vacation, seeing family was great, and I’m getting back into the swing of things. Last time, I mentioned that I was about a fourth of the way into Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov and said that I would return with my verdict about it once I’d finished. I was thankfully unable to read it on my trip, as I was busy seeing family I haven’t seen in years, but I’ve had this week to really enjoy the story.

Before I go any further, I want to address some warnings for the reader. I don’t know what you may have heard about Lolita, but it has a reputation for being a controversial book for a reason. I am not giving it away when I tell you that Lolita is told from a pedophile’s point of view. Humbert Humbert, the narrator, is completely obsessed with Dolores Haze (Lolita), who he first meets when she is 11 years old. He enters into a sexual relationship with her. It is half abusive, half insane. It is an unescapable fact that Lolita is a disturbing read and not for everyone. If you can’t stomach the subject, don’t bother to read the rest of this post as I will specifically talk about the elements of writing used within the story (so it will be more objective), but I will also talk about the subjects within the book. Last warning, if you do not want to read about this subject in any context, stop right here.

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