The spider is the moon: pictures from my Sunday adventure

The spider is the moon

Tonight, the spiders cling to hidden webs. The moon is a spider. The trees are her many legs.

The streetlamp is just a streetlamp.

Cool

Twilight is delightful when its colors are inverted. The streetlamps devour all souls! AAAH!

On a serious note, I’ve been working 24/7 on a scientific poster about phytoplankton genes, so it was great to stretch my legs this evening. I filmed a spider (pictured above) as she built her web – the process took thirteen minutes and was really relaxing. No wonder they’re into web-making.

Accepted by Princeton, rejected by Princeton’s creative writing program: one outsider’s experience

I’d like to send you back in time: it’s 2006, and I’m a naive highschooler in Texarkana. I had just accepted Princeton’s unexpected but very appreciated admission offer and was excited – “just won the lottery” excited – to study creative fiction as an undergraduate student.

During my first semester in the orange bubble*, I sent a fiction sample to the writing program, crossed my fingers, waited … Continue reading