I’ve returned to the land of college. You never really realize how much you miss a place until you return to it, and the same is true of the people. One month, one twelfth of a year, is a long time to be apart. I’ve been reunited today with so many people. It’s like parts of me are slowly reintegrating into the whole. It is sad though, because most of us aren’t here yet, only the college vanguard has arrived. They’re outside right now, cavorting, gaming, and having a fantastic time. I’d like to join them, but I need to write. I’ve committed to this writing daily thing, and I can’t let things slip this early into the semester.
I’m actually taking a creative writing class this semester. Actually working with an expert in writing is something that I’ve looked forward to for a long time, and after reading over some of the course material, I’m very optimistic.
My friend Jesse and I always ride to and from our hometown and our college town together, and we’ve been listening to my favorite classic work of all time as we go: The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas. During the trip that we made this morning we picked my friend Laurel and needed to explain the story to her. During that explanation process I suddenly realized the sheer complexity of the plot of this story.
I think that’s one of the reasons that I really like it. The characters are connected together in myriad ways that are difficult to explain, yet Dumas does an excellent job of communicating their relationships, so that you don’t get lost easily once you’re immersed in the story. I’d really like to know how he does it. That’s something that I intend to look into in the near future: an analysis of Dumas’ style of characterization. From a research paper that I wrote during my senior year of High School I know that Dumas based his characters on some model that he developed from studying the works of William Shakespeare, but none of the sources that I employed for that work were very specific as to what this model was. Could it be possible to reconstruct it?
On a related note, I cherish an ambition to someday become a Count, mainly because of that book.
I feel the need to be with my Boone family now, so I bid you goodnight internet, sweet dreams.
Today’s First Sentence: I’ve never had a first day of class that wasn’t catastrophic, and today was no exception.