glows and glums

I’m heading to college in a month, and I am ready.

(or, as ready as I can be!)

My time management skills are on point, my confidence is running high. I am less adverse to risks, more open to unpredictability.

And for all of this, I thank my gap year.

The past few months have been far from easy and predictable. I have trained relentlessly on the track only to end up with a metatarsal stress fracture, moved houses, messed up sight-reading at church, logged sketchily few practice hours for violin, and had some overdue library books.

about to read some of my writing at a bookstore. I may have brought a rubber chicken along for emotional support…

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February, Feynman, and Friends!

Had an awesome time playing with lasers, learning about the weirdness that is light*, and hanging out with these cool people at the Lawrence physics workshop in February!

I got a t-shirt!
made a hologram (yay for interference patterns!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*to quote Feynman: “Now we know how the electrons and light behave. But what can I call it? If I say they behave like particles I give the wrong impression; also if I say they behave like waves. They behave in their own inimitable way, which technically could be called a quantum mechanical way. They behave in a way that is like nothing that you have seen before (Messenger Lectures, 1964, MIT).”

**speaking of Feynman… definitely check out the book Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! It’s a compilation of fun conversational anecdotes.

Letters!

 I love letters. During high school, I wrote letters and mailed them to myself. Sometimes I wrote letters to open on certain dates, other times, I wrote letters to be opened under certain circumstances.

The Writer’s Garret and… zines!

I had an awesome time at The Writer’s Garret open house yesterday!

Yes, but you may be wondering…

  1. what exactly is the Writer’s Garret?

The Writer’s Garret is a non-profit org in Dallas- you can read about their mission and goals here .

2.  … and what was I (and what will I be) doing there?

I am participating in a program called CAMP, which means I will be hanging out with a bunch of aspiring writer folk and working on my writing. The most epic part is that I pay for some of my tuition through work-exchange (because, you know… student loans and college are coming…), so I will also get to learn about non-profit organizations more generally and potentially teach creative writing to the K-12 population!

I got to hear some writers talk about the classes that they are teaching this semester at the organization and share some of their writing.

And I also got started on a zine.   🙂

the cover of my zine
the cover of my zine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and speaking of zines…

@RookieMag: more about zines and make your own zine

pages from another zine I’m working on…

 

 

 

my heart whispers, “yes, yes, yes”.

When I say “no” and convince myself that I’m too tired to keep running, my heart whispers, “yes, yes, yes”.

And when I start thinking that I don’t deserve to win or get better, my heart says, “win against time because time demands the most humility”.

When I run my best, I make time slow down, and then win against it.

And when I reach outside of myself (and abandon the “no”s and my fears), I make time slow down and I win gracefully, like a bird skimming the surface of the water.

13 December 2016