Elaine's Adventures
Near though they sat, and familiar though they felt, they seemed mere shadows to each other.
Virginia Woolf, from The Voyage Out (via violentwavesofemotion)
How I fell in love with Virginia Woolfe

I just finished reading The Voyage Out—Woolf’s first novel and by no means considered her most important. Yet I do not think I have ever been so struck by a novel ( which is saying something for me). I have certainly read of novels by Woolf, but never this one. I connected with the writing and ideas so perfectly. I cannot even explain how I feel about this novel and now consequently Woolfe. I have always admired her and liked her, but now I love her for writing a book that speaks to me so personally and whole-heartedly. It was hauntingly sad, but it resonated so much with me. It is so wonderfully written!

I feel so intensely the delights of shutting oneself up in a little world of one’s own, with pictures and music and everything beautiful.
Virginia Woolf, The Voyage Out (via theglasschild)

An English major is much more than 32 or 36 credits including a course in Shakespeare, a course on writing before 1800, and a three-part survey of English and American lit. That’s the outer form of the endeavor. It’s what’s inside that matters. It’s the character-forming—or (dare I say?) soul-making—dimension of the pursuit that counts… The English major is, first of all, a reader… The English major reads because, as rich as the one life he has may be, one life is not enough. He reads not to see the world through the eyes of other people but effectively to become other people. What is it like to be John Milton, Jane Austen, Chinua Achebe? What is it like to be them at their best, at the top of their games?

English majors want the joy of seeing the world through the eyes of people who—let us admit it—are more sensitive, more articulate, shrewder, sharper, more alive than they themselves are. The experience of merging minds and hearts with Proust or James or Austen makes you see that there is more to the world than you had ever imagined. You see that life is bigger, sweeter, more tragic and intense—more alive with meaning than you had thought.

Real reading is reincarnation. There is no other way to put it. It is being born again into a higher form of consciousness than we ourselves possess.

Girls write to ask who the Little Women will marry, as if that were the only aim of a woman’s life. I won’t marry Jo to Laurie to please anyone.

L. M. Alcott (via robertjamesfischer)

This is why I love her.

Decisions, Decisions, really really hard decisions

So I had pretty much reconciled myself to going to SIU again for my Ph.D. next year—but then this morning I got a fully funded offer from University of Louisiana Lafayette. They are ranked about the same as SIU—maybe a little lower, but not enough for that to matter. The stipend i’d be getting is like 3,000 dollars less than SIU, but I don’t have to pay fees there so really i’m still making more money/having to borrow less. It is a new place—a  warm cultured new place! They have a children’s lit program, which is something I want—and and and they have a scholar that specifically studies Thomas Hardy and Class. Dustin wants to go there more than move to Carbondale. I haven’t made an official decision yet, but my gut is saying go to Louisiana—get to know a different program and city. It is also only 2 hours from New Orleans! I wanted to go to the East Coast, but I just seem to keep getting farther south. Although i’d love to live in Louisiana— I just written off all other places and this is the only school I would be on the fence about going to on my list. Yet not everyone gets funding there, they chose me which is a great feeling! 

Pros and Cons, Pros and Cons, Pros and Cons

i’m going to talk to my advisor and other professors before I decide, but part of my thinks the only reason i’d stay would be because i’m afraid to get out of my comfort zone!

Happy I have options, not so happy about the decision making process.



  1. P.L Travers - Mary Poppins 
  2. Stephen King - The Shining
  3. Anne Rice - Interview with the Vampire
  4. Winston Groom - Forrest Gump 
  5. Clive Cussler - Dirk Pitt tales, especially 2005’s Sahara 
  6. J.D. Salinger - Uncle Wiggly in Connecticut made into a movie retitled My Foolish Heart
  7. Anthony Burgess - A Clockwork Orange
  8. Bret Easton Ellis - American Psycho 
  9. Roald Dahl - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  10. Ken Kesey - One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest 
  11. Richard Matheson - I Am Legend 

Interesting. I knew Stephen King hated Stanley Kubrick’s version of The Shining. The others I did not know about.

This is wrong—Anne Rice changed her mind about the film after it was made, she did not hate it. This person needs to get their facts straight.

Girls write to ask who the Little Women will marry, as if that were the only aim of a woman’s life. I won’t marry Jo to Laurie to please anyone.

L. M. Alcott (via robertjamesfischer)

When I was little it used to break my heart that Laurie and Jo did not marry, now that i’m older I understand. It makes sense, and Frederick Bhaer is fantastic, and it shouldn’t be any other way. 

I’m glad you stuck to your guns Louisa. The world still needs more women like you.


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Jesse L. Martin’s first episode on Ally McBeal (season 1, episode 17: “Theme of Life”).

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Next to Larry Paul, Greg Butters is the best Romantic interest on Ally.