Sorry for skipping out last week, but I had some interesting writing to do last Wednesday about my writing insecurities. 🙂
Anyways, I’m back now! 😀 Whew, this past week has been a busy one on the blog, folks. I went on a reading rampage last weekend, whilst idly standing by while my word-count dropped… anyways, sorry for the late-in-the-evening post (I signed up this morning for What’s Up with the intention of having the post up by 9 AM… no such things have occurred.)
Anyways, I’m super excited for my breakdown of the week. Let’s dive right in! (Oh, no, ugh. Never saying that again.)
What I’m Reading
Like I said, I zoomed through several books this past week.
First, my aunt graciously bought me Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, which I zoomed through and read in two days. Little said, it was pretty amazing. Yesterday, I put up my review for it, discussing my likes and dislikes.
I refused to give it a star rating, because I don’t want to “categorize” it in any way. I feel like giving stars to a book does that. Emily over at The Loony Teen Writer explains that much, better, though, so maybe I’ll leave that to her.
Second, I decided to finish Sarah’s Key, a historical fiction novel by Tatiana de Rosnay about the Holocaust. Set in France, it follows the story of the French police’s roundup of the Jews. It also follows journalist Julia Jarmond’s personal life as her findings about the roundup threaten her marriage. It wasn’t the most amazing book I’ve ever read, but I’m hoping to get a review up sometime in the next few weeks.
Last, but definitely not the least, I finished reading The Secret Life of Dog Catchers, which author Shirley Zindler graciously gave to me for free when I met her (by chance!) in a crowded coffee shop and asked her if we could steal the sofa and table next to her (weird setup–wonderful woman). The review should definitely be up sometime next week, and I’m hoping to see if I can interview Shirley. 😀
What I’m writing is not applicable.
What Inspires Me Right Now
My reading, definitely. I’m loving getting back in the book world. Sometimes, I think I forget how much I loved it when I was younger and had more free time.
My cabin mates over at Camp NaNoWriMo are also lovely. They have given me great ideas for my novel, and honestly are the best cabin I have had so far.
What Else I’ve Been Up To
Today, I visited a number of places near Stanford, where I’m interning, and we examined rocks. 😀 Yes, rocks. I know, rocks sound boring, but if you know where to look, there are a number of places where you can find rocks over 2 million years old (not so much in geologic time, but still) and even fossils. Today, I picked up the first fossil of my fossil collection. It consists of a stone with some pretty shells fossilized in it. One of the geologists told me it had a lot of calcium in it after looking it under the handscope.
In Loving Memory… 7/7/14
This week, I also cut off most of my hair. For the first time since I was five or six years old, it is short again, which is a new feeling. I am donating nearly a foot of my hair to a cancer charity, in memory of my aunt, who died three years ago on July 7th, 2011. Monday was her three-year death anniversary. She died of chronic kidney failure–this caused her liver to fail, and then her pancreas, and many of her other organs. All because her kidneys failed.
My aunt was diagnosed with chronic kidney failure in 2004. Had she received a replacement kidney by 2006, she would have been alive today. She received a replacement kidney only after her case was diagnosed as terminal, because there weren’t enough kidneys available. Her body rejected these kidneys. Ultimately, it was the failure of her kidneys that led to the failure of her other organs, and to her death. She was 36 years old, and full of life. If you can, please consider becoming an organ donor. While you are still alive, you can give blood, bone marrow, your liver, and one of your kidneys, among other organs. These things could save a person’s life. You can also sign up with sites such as OrganDonor.Gov to find out more about becoming an organ donor, and how your organs can be used after your death to help save a person’s life.
In honor of her passing, my uncle created a charity in my aunt’s name, The Monodipa Perisetty Foundation. Unfortunately, I have no other information about it, as we lost contact with my uncle after my aunt’s passing.
I was originally going to write a post in honor of my aunt, but I couldn’t write it. I kept getting writer’s block. So instead, I wrote this for you. Maybe someday, I’ll have the courage to write the whole story.