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Old and New

Old and New

Day 2 was easier on me than Day 1.

I think when you're looking for happy moments, they are more likely to make themselves known. Today I'd like to record things: one of which began my day, and another that ended my day.

The first has a backstory, one of those instances where you never know how one decision, or one person, or one conversation, can affect something further down the road. 

There was a RI Author Expo the first weekend of December, and I went to it. 

It was the first time I'd attended this event, and I was surprised: I had no idea there were so many published authors here! One person whom I talked to for quite a while was Kelly Kittel. She wrote a memoir, and the cover of her book stood out to me. I picked it up and read the back.

I had deja vu.

Had I just read an interview with her? Or a book review? The story seemed so familiar, but I'm not sure why. We started talking, about writing and aspirations and life in RI, and she was the nicest woman. So encouraging. Such a positive spirit.

I bought two of her books.  

One of the things we talked about was a writer's group. She mentioned she had belonged to one in Providence while she was working on Breathe, and because she had to pass the test of fiction writers, her nonfiction memoir turned into an engaging drama.

She wrote the name of the group on her business card.

When I returned to RI after the holidays, I searched for the group and saw that they weren't accepting any new members. I wrote an email just to say I was referred by Kelly, and in the future, I'd love to be considered for a spot.

Today I received a reply. The organizer said he couldn't be certain they could add another member, but he offered to propose it at the next meeting because he liked my writing and thought I'd be a good addition to the group. His email sounded hopeful, and it filled me with hope. Even if it doesn't work out this time around, it's a step in a positive direction!

The second thing, the moment that ended my day, was spending time with the Greek language.

I've been trying to learn Greek since the summer of 2015. I signed up for Mango, but neglected using it because I'm taking classes at Brown and I was past its basic lessons. 

But I learned they're doing #31DaysofLanguage in the month of January, to kick off the New Year with language goals. They post a new one every day. I decided to accept this challenge.

Today's challenge was to complete one lesson.

Well...having never completed their lessons before, I didn't realize how cool they were! There is VOICE RECOGNITION, and it makes waveform graphs so you can see--visually--how your intonation is pairing with the native speakers'. AND it lets you play both of the recordings simultaneously, so you can listen to the overlap.


The vocabulary was simple, but this did wonders for my pronunciation. The lesson took me an hour because I did the recordings over and over again.

This is why Greek is a rabbit hole for me.

So: writing more and Greek.

Those were my New Year's goals last year. We've come full circle.



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