It’s that time again when I write about what happened and what I did during the previous month.
So here is what was going on in my life during November!
- Autumn acting like autumn – cold, rainy and stormy with a few warm, sunny days
- Taking out long sleeves and flannel bed sheets <3
- The first Christmas lights and decorations in shops and houses
- Shopping for new Christmas house decorations with Matt on Black Friday weekend
- Starting the decoration process and enjoying the fact that we’re improving year after year
- Experiencing one of the most rewarding blogging months so far
- Storms that start just a minute before I need to go out (I missed a couple of lectures because of that)
- Having to deal with customer care, no matter which company – seriously, isn’t ‘customer care’ one of the most ironic terms ever?
- Not getting into ‘homework’ mood yet (though I think I still fared pretty well in my first homework)
- The provisional January exam timetable coming out already 😱
Where I’ve been
- On campus: I attended a campus event organised by the Italian department, dedicated to the writer, critic and semiotician Umberto Eco, who passed away earlier this year. There was a talk about Eco related to philosophy and translation, as well as the screening of the film The Name of the Rose, based on his most famous fiction work. Now I really want to read Eco, particularly his non-fiction work.
What I’ve been watching
- The Name of the Rose: As I said, I saw this film on campus. It’s the second time I saw it, without ever reading the book (interestingly, not many have tackled the literary form of this story). The medieval setting is not one of my favourites, I have to say, but I liked the detective part of the story as well as the references to Sherlock Holmes.
- Snowden: This recent film, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the protagonist, is also based on a book and, as probably everyone knows, on a real story. The fact that the book is written by a journalist and the fact that the real Edward Snowden takes part in the end of the film makes it more credible as a real story. It’s definitely one of my favourite biographical films ever.
- The Lego Movie: I like animated films more and more. Everything about this movie is… AWESOME! (you’ll get it if you’ve seen it)
- More Italian films: I watched a couple of Italian films as part of my cinema class, namely Federico Fellini’s La strada (The Road) and Dino Risi’s Il sorpasso (The Easy Life). Both are heartbreaking, although the latter was much more comedic.
- Gordon Ramsay: We love this mad, foul-mouthed chef and we appreciate cooking as an art. So, we caught up with the latest seasons of Hell’s Kitchen, Hotel Hell, MasterChef and MasterChef Junior.
- TV comedy: We also caught up with the latest episodes of South Park soon after the dismal US election results (all the season is focussed on the elections and Trump) and finally, American Dad‘s newest season has started!
What I’ve been reading
- D.H. Lawrence: I started The Rainbow and… I’m stuck on Chapter 5, not even halfway through. Argh! There goes my good pace in my English class. It’s not bad but I remember liking Lawrence more when I read Lady Chatterley’s Lover and Sons and Lovers. In this one, I’m struggling with the repetition and long-winded descriptions of the same things and feelings. Maybe my love for Lawrence is over, I don’t know.
- Machiavelli: I also haven’t finished The Prince, having stopped at Chapter 7, but I read his play La Mandragola. It’s supposed to be funny but I wasn’t too amused.
- Short stories: I read more short stories related to the fantastic genre class but I also read a very interesting short story by Luigi Pirandello in my contemporary criticism class. In English, it’s called The Tragedy of a Character and Pirandello, like in many other of his stories, treats the characters he invents as living entities to whom he gives audience. I wish I could link the English version but I couldn’t find it anywhere. I suggest Pirandello to my readers who are into writing fiction, I’m sure he will appeal to you (you could try his famous play Six Characters in Search of an Author).
- Currently reading: As I’ve said, I’m still reading Lawrence but I’m afraid I’ll have to put him on hold (the exam for this class is in June anyway). In December, I absolutely need to read two other novels as well as lots of theoretical reading (including three library books) related to three assignments which are due in January. Good luck to me.
- November: I posted everything as planned i.e. four posts related to blogging. I thoroughly enjoyed writing them and I was happy to receive positive feedback on all of them. I love having a month dedicated to weekly themed posts since I’m unable to do any daily blogging challenge yet.
- Appearing on a Medium publication: My post about blogging and academic writing was chosen to be added on Student Voices, a curated publication on Medium. You can see it here: https://mystudentvoices.com/how-blogging-can-boost-your-academic-writing-293070f9f1dc#.x9bgqvhnm
- Promotion: I upped my promotional tactics a little by using specific blogging hashtags (or memes) on Twitter. I’m using #SundayBlogShare, #MondayBlogs, #TuesdayBookBlog, and #TheGirlGang (this one includes a monthly newsletter and you can see the badge on my side menu). I got a bit more clicks, likes and retweets than when I only use #blogging and I’m discovering many other nice blogs. I wish I could spend all my days just browsing them. If you know any other hashtags/communities, let me know!
- December plan: No proper plan, unfortunately. Initially, the plan was to write some Christmas posts but I scrapped it because I seriously need to prioritise my studies these two months. I won’t go silent, I’ll do some easy posts (I have a book tag to do, for example) but nothing complicated.