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Work has commenced. 

I'm back at work -- my days are spent planning and conducting lessons, then planning and conducting extra-curricular activity. I'm teaching some contemporary short stories, some drama, and John Keats. The managing team for the student magazine has been selected. We have a theatre production to be staged in the upcoming months, too. 

On Education. 

Today is the first day of the Lunar New Year. I'm learning Latin, Russian and Mandarin this year. These are all difficult languages. 

1. I need Latin for my proposed doctorate research. Several years ago I got in pretty heavily into Renaissance English literature. I've decided to translate that into something certifiable -- but then, the English then didn't think of English as a great language.

2. I need Russian to read, listen and translate the materials I have at church (I attend a Russian Orthodox congregation). 

3. I need to get in touch with my Mandarin-speaking roots. I want to visit China, specifically Lufeng, the hometown of my grandfather. The old house where he used to live is gone, and each of his old friends' and family networks have moved on to the larger cities -- so no one will recognize me, but it is something I intend to do anyway. 

On Writing (or Editing and Reviewing, more specifically). 

1. Over the past few months I had my first experience working as an editor for an anthology. It's given me some insight into the selection process of creative writing journals and anthologies. I understand a little better about how some works get published and how some works don't. One day, I might reveal what those reasons are. 

2. Three of my book reviews have been published in The Star. Read my review of The Lost Landscape: A Writer's Coming of Age by Joyce Carol Oates, The Boy at the Top of the Mountain by John Boyne, and Girl in the Woods by Aspen Matis. These books are currently out in local bookstores, so do check them out. 

I feel that I have been doing a lot of work recently, but nothing very specifically for very extensively. I still have things to write about: I have a blog entry on books and more updates coming up about my recent travels to Japan. 

February 2016

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