So it’s been over a week, and I still haven’t finished The Satanic Verses. I’m having a really hard time getting through it, and I’ve seriously considered making it the base of my Fail Pile for this year. The funny thing is that I really like it – it reminds me of One Hundred Years of Solitude, my new Favorite Novel. I just can’t really get into it. I’ve decided that I’m going to power through it, though, and I’m giving myself a whole week to finish it because I’m so far ahead in my 50. I’m halfway through it now, so if I read about 37 pages a day for the next 7, I’ll be done. I think I can handle that.
What have I been doing, you ask? Well, I’ve been studying for the GRE, which helps immensely with my Thesis Monster procrastination. I’ve been working on the verbal and math sections a few hours a day for the past few days. I’ll talk more about what I’m doing with it later, but it involves moving out of Shreveport and not getting a PhD, both of which make me very happy.
I’ll be doing some pretty hardcore studying. Though I don’t think I need a particularly good GRE score this time around, I don’t want to embarrass myself, either. I’ve somehow forgotten all but the simplest math, and I’m horrible at analogies, so I have to work on those. I’ve accumulated a stack of GRE books, and I’m slowly working through them. I’ll probably take the test in late February.
Within a week, then, a post about The Satanic Verses should appear on this blog. If I can’t finish by next Saturday, into the Fail Pile it goes.