I'm grounded. No TV. It's a pretty harsh punishment, but I'm pretty strict. I've turned into a real couch potato in the last couple of weeks, and I've actually been scheduling my life according to the TV schedule. So I've unplugged the damn thing and I moved it into one of the spare rooms. No TV until I can regain some semblance of a life, or at least a writer's life. I haven't been reading or writing because I've just been letting my brain be zapped by cable. I haven't slept in my own bed in over two weeks because I don't have a TV in my room. I've been crashing on my futon, often without unfolding it, so it's practically like sleeping on the couch, a very uncomfortable couch.
We wrote ekphrasis poems today in poetry. Ekphrasis is just a fancy way of saying poetry about art. We were supposed to wrote one or two poems in the time provided, but I wrote nine. I've always viewed poetry with a dubious eye, but I think I'm actually pretty good at it. I even received my first poetry award today. I got a container of Silly Putty for being the student who convinced the class that my work was of W.H. Auden. The professor actually got more votes, but hey, I edged out the real Auden stanza in the competition. Not bad, if I do say so myself.
My brother's in Australia now, but he hasn't told me much about what he's doing while over there. I want to travel. Several of my friends have been to Europe this summer, but I've been stuck in Maryville. I need a major scenery change. The midwest, while great, cannot keep my attention completely. I need to go somewhere more foreign to me. A visit to the big city or the west coast or southwest or southeast or south. I guess anywhere. My drive home is five states: Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan, but these are all practically the same. Throw in Kansas and Nebraska and you have the Great Plains...plus Michigan (just effed up). Give me mountains or beaches. I want out.