Random summary post #758

So, what have I been doing, you may ask? Well, even if you haven’t asked, allow me to tell you. This week I finished my taxes—well, my American ones at least. The good news is that I’m getting a big refund. The bad news is I will probably spend all of it on the tail end of this year of grad school. I’m going to be home in St. Louis from May through July, and I’m hoping to find something part time while I’m there. It’ll keep me out of trouble when I’m not working on my thesis, at any rate.

Since my thesis is going to be a speculative fiction novel, I’ve been reading a lot of dystopian fiction lately. I just finished Never Let Me Go, and before that I read The Road. Now I’m reading Oryx and Crake. To say the least, it’s a little depressing.

What’s not depressing is that I’ve been giving The Unwanted another round of edits before I unleash it on my editor, the poor guy. I wrapped that up yesterday evening, and fired it off this morning. I’m still really happy with it, and I am really looking forward to working with the publisher and getting it over the finish line.

In more quotidian matters, I’ve been doing more baking at the college where I’m living. Last week we made an assortment of bread, and this morning fellow resident Keith gave us a tutorial on making bagels. Naturally, pictures were taken:

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Although I miss many things about home—namely Mike and the dogs—I’m lucky to be living in a community of nice people here.

Speaking of home, Mike got Dakota a new toy. He seems to like it: