Coffee Share: My Little Adventures

With the Spring semester finally over, Summer break has arrived!

This means I have more free time than I’m accustomed to, but no worries. I know exactly what to spend them on: late night reading, intensive video gaming, more reading, binge watching, long writing sessions, more reading, new creative projects–oh, I’m getting chills just thinking about it!

Anyway, it’s been kinda quiet on my side of cyberspace. And, to be honest, I missed writing blog posts and connecting with the blogosphere (It’s been too long you guys!). I’m going to use this week’s coffee share to tell you about…lets call them my little “adventures.”

College Adventures

School eats up the majority of my time, so it only makes sense for it to be the first on the list. Ignoring the stressing over midterms and rushing through an assignment twenty minutes before class part, I did experience some pretty awesome things this semester.

One of the six classes I took, also the most challenging and fun, was astronomy. Studying the different properties of the planets within our solar system and analyzing the H-R diagram were two of my favorite topics in class. Not only that, but it was awesome to have classmates who struggled but encouraged each other not to give up.

We are star stuff which has taken its destiny into its own hands.
Carl Sagan, Cosmos

However, the highlight of this class was the field trip at the beginning of May. It was at a beautiful park with a huge lake in the center of it. The local astronomical union set up telescopes right before sunset to view the stars. Sadly, it was too cloudy to see anything. I did, however, get to see the sun before sunset via a solar telescope.

Also, I observed and got harassed by the rude locals: geese.

While astronomy awakened an interest in me that I didn’t know I had, English will always hold a special place in my heart. I had to do a ton of reading during my British Literature class–which I loved! The best part was that my professor structured the class like a book club. We didn’t just read, we discussed (to which I met a few word nerds).

I also acquired a new role model: Doris Leasing. The woman had a lovable attitude, check her out.

Bookish Adventures

There was no shortage of fiction as British Literature kept me reading all semester long. I’m currently rereading Middlemarch as some chapters were skipped during the semester for the sake of time (yes, I’m a nerd like that).

I also picked up Cinder from my college’s library seconds after discovering that it actually had a fiction section hidden WAY in the back of the library. It’s now my new hiding spot.

Sometime in March, I stumbled on a book sale in the college library. The moment I saw the Book Sale sign I was like, “Oh, yeah. Definitely going in here.” Imagine my excitement when I learned everything was a dollar. I would’ve spent all day sifting through the piles of fiction and writing reference books, but my ride was waiting for me (sigh).

In my haste to choose the best books I could find before someone else snagged them from me, I picked up The Professor at the Breakfast Table by Oliver Wendell Holmes thinking it was a Sherlock Holmes novel (ugh!). Good thing I actually read the back flaps of the two thrillers: Ties that Bind by Phillip Margolin and The Burning Wire by Jeffery Deaver.

Later, my family and I stumbled on a small business in my neighborhood who sold used soft covers for $0.50 and hardcovers for $1.

Oh yeah, I took my time with this one.

None of the books were in order, so it was basically a scavenger hunt–but I did find some gems! I found The DaVinci Code (I barely remember the movie adaption to this book so I thought, “Why not?”), Lost Symbol, and Angels & Demons by Dan Brown. I noticed Brad Meltzer’s political thriller The President’s Shadow right before I dashed to the register. Score!

Birthday Adventures

May 2nd was my birthday and I spent two weeks doing extra work to free the three days after. They were supposed to be my lazy days, but it didn’t work out. Finals were just around the corner and I made the decision to sacrifice two of three for studying.

I’m Mary Poppins, y’all!

Despite this little quibble, I had an awesome birthday week. My parents bought me Horizon: Zero Dawn (an awesome sci-fi game with a beautiful world and story) and my friend got me a gift card to Star Bucks. I also went to the astronomy field trip I talked about earlier and saw Guardians of the Galaxy (I love that movie *sniffle*).

Creative Adventures

In other news, I picked up a new handlettering hobby during December. It’s so much fun and oddly relaxing. Check out one of my pieces:

Be true to you.

And, of course, I’m still writing. I’m working on three projects at once, but Ruin has been making headway. I sent it to my Alpha readers back in March and am now going through their responses. At this point, it still needs a lot of work, but it has come a long way.

So, anyway that’s what I’ve been up to these last four (?) months. What have you been up to?

13 Replies to “Coffee Share: My Little Adventures”

  1. Belated happy birthday. Astronomy is interesting and I suspect that a lot more information is available than when I study it. I can spend a lot of times studying books. I study mystery areas of Goodreads and NetGalley for books I want to read. I have read books from the sixth grade. Have fun this summer.

    1. Thanks for the birthday wishes!

      Something I like about astronomy is that it’s always evolving. There’s still so much about the cosmos that we haven’t figured out yet.

      As for books, I’ve a reputation for “living” in the book sections at department stores. It’s difficult for me to choose what I want to read because they all sound awesome.

  2. I love Dan Brown binge read those book one after the other… I even thought of using the Da Vinci Code in my covfefe post, but instead of Da vinci it would be Cofveve Code or but I settled for Ludlum’s Bourne Identity since nobody understood Jason Bourne and nobody understands covfefe lol


    PS confession, I failed to read your beautiful calligraphy I definitely saw the YOU at the bottom of the paper and something that looks like love whats the first letter though hahaha

    1. It says “be true to you.” I’m still getting the hang of calligraphy and trying to find my style, lol.

      Also, I totally plan on binge reading Dan Brown’s novels. I’ve heard a lot about them (even saw the movie), but I’ve never read them.

      1. **hides** I got of out of 4 hahaha

        how can you not have read Dan Brown where have you been ??? lol if you remotely liked the movie you will love the books

  3. “Books on Sale!” Sounds like heaven to me! I can get lost for hours in a good second hand bookstore. The Dan Brown books are some of my favorites. I was an art major in college and really enjoyed the references in the DaVinci Code. I spent a lot of time on the internet looking up copies of the painting he was describing. Hope you enjoy all your fabulous finds!

  4. You had me at book sale!! Love the handlettering, that sounds like a fun, relaxing activity. Happy belated birthday!

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