Snow Daze

My prayers to the snow spirits have been answered with a foot of snow and two days without classes! Unsurprisingly, I’m not too distraught about how having class, though sitting in my dorm for 48 hours straight isn’t my favorite thing either. I’ve been using the time to catch up on homework and read. So much reading! I’ve contemplated doing one of those 50 Book Challenges or at least keeping track of what I read this year, but I think we all know my track record when it comes to following through on these things (*ahem* this blog *ahem*).

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Still, I’m always willing to give it a shot. So here’s what I’ve read (and that I can remember) so far this year:

-The Throne of Glass series (Sarah J Maas): books 1-3 plus Assassin short stories
Immortality Bites series (Michelle Rowen): books 1-8
The Curse Workers series (Holly Black): books 1-3
The Modern Faerie Tales (Holly Black): books 1-3
The Darkest Part of the Forest (Holly Black)
The Selection series (Kiera Cass): books 1-3
The Blood of Eden series (Julie Kagawa): books 1 & 2, waiting for the 3rd to arrive!
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (Mindy Kaling)
The Troupe (Robert Jackson Bennett)
Wonder (R.J. Palacio)
Harvesting the Heart (Jodi Picoult)
150 Pounds (Kate Rockland)
China Dolls (Michelle Yu & Blossom Kan)
-Musicals: My Fair Lady, Little Women, 42nd Street, The Fantasticks, Gypsy, Guys and Dolls
-Plays: Design for Living, Sylvia, The Motherfucker with the Hat, Peter and the Starcatcher, Agnes of God
-Plus quite a few re-reads

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Finished The Eternity Cure this morning and the final book of the trilogy is being shipped right now! Excited to read it!

You may notice a trend. I’m a big fan of fantasy: the more faeries, vampires, or princesses, the better! If that’s not your thing, fine, but no judgement please.

This Is Gospel

Hello February! This is the second week of university classes and I’m still trying to get into the swing of things. I’m taking 21 hours this semester, with a big block of International Business classes on Monday and Wednesday. Not the ideal but I can deal with it for the three and half months or so.

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I’ve had a couple people asking lately for the secret to taking so many hours. ‘How do you keep up with the work’ and ‘do you sleep’ are the usual questions! Unfortunately, I don’t have any fancy secret method. It always sounds like more work than it really is. And if I don’t get much sleep it’s usually from my wasting time on the web, not struggling to catch up on work. I guess the “secret” would be that half the time I feel like I’m drowning and don’t have a clue what I’m doing. But I just keep plodding along, hoping I’m doing what the professors want! Probably not the best method but so long as it works…

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Leaving you with this song before I head off to class. It’s nothing new but I heard the piano version for the first time yesterday and fell in love. It’s the anthem I need for the first few weeks back!

A January Trip

Good morning! I’m writing to you from New York City where I’ll be staying for the next few days before flying off to London. Since I’m on a bit of a whirlwind trip for the next few weeks (and then back to school, ugh), posts will be pretty infrequent. I also just realized my SD card does not work with the laptop I brought, so any photos will be from my phone. Meaning I’ll (hopefully) have a ton of photos to post once I get back home! Meanwhile, hello low quality selfies…oh the struggle.

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Anyway, I got to the city yesterday afternoon. It’s my first time traveling by myself so I was a little out of my element, but everything went fairly smoothly. Yesterday was mostly devoted to traveling but I also got to see Drunk Shakespeare! If you want spoilers just google the show but it is basically what the name suggests. Our drunk actor for the night played Macbeth and it was hilarious! Damn do I love theatre. Today is pretty low key. Going to the Met this afternoon to meet up with some friends. The rest of the week is mainly seeing shows and performing in a Senior Showcase with fellow MT majors. Wish me luck!

Hope 2015 is off to a smashing start for everyone!

Fellers

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I mention my major fairly often but as a reminder I’m studying Musical Theatre, International Business, and Dance at university. My dream is to be a performer. I’m not too picky on whether that means stage or screen, straight plays or musicals, theme parks or dancing. Really I’d like to do it all, but as long as I can make a living performing I will be thrilled. I’ve been pretty lucky so far and hopefully that luck continues through 2015 and beyond!

To give you an idea of some of the stuff I work on, here’s a student film I was part of this semester. I’m still pretty new to film and I have a lot to learn but it was an awesome script to work on with an equally awesome cast and crew!

Fellers (2014) from Cameron Carpenter on Vimeo.

Two amateur documentary filmmakers catch footage of a story that could possibly ruin or boost their current project.

And Now For Something Completely Different…

In 2014 I fell in love with 8tracks. For those of you not familiar, 8tracks is similar to Pandora, Grooveshark, or Spotify where you stream music and can listen to or create playlists. Well, I finally tried my hand at creating a playlist! Below is said playlist and a few recommendations. Enjoy!

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Playlists I’ve had on repeat:

Do you have any music recommendations? Let me know in the comments! xx