Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Freshman Year Sarah

It is now 50 days until the release of my next book, ENCHANTED IVY. I'm excited! And I'm thinking about college. (The novel is about getting into college. Also, talking gargoyles and were-tigers.) This is me in my dorm room freshman year of college:

Nearly everything I brought with me was a memento: the tall glass cylinder by the window contained dried roses from prom and from various recitals and shows, the gray lamp was my dad's from his college days and the stickers on it were from my elementary school sticker collection, the sunset painting on the wall was painted by my brother, the mug was from my friend Gillian (of INTO THE WILD fame), etc.

Looking at this photo, I think about how much I've changed...

Hmm, I still have that cylinder of dried roses (though the roses in it are newer), and I still have a dead plant on my windowsill (though this one is a geranium). I still have those sandals and wear them every summer. I fill that same mug with hot chocolate every winter. (It's the perfect size for a packet of Swiss Miss.)

Okay, fine, I haven't changed much.

*sticks out tongue*

I do have longer hair. And the cassette tapes (see far left on my desk) have been replaced by iTunes. Also, several years ago, a mover lost that sunset picture. (I'm still annoyed about that.)

I'm more comfortable as me. I'm happier. A lot of that has to do with the person who was on the other side of the wall in that photo. Six years after this photo was taken, I married the boy who lived on the other side of that wall.

As the countdown to pub date continues, I'll be talking more about college, about getting into college, and about my new novel. I'll also be posting an excerpt from ENCHANTED IVY soon, so stay tuned!

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At 9:27 AM, Blogger gleigh said...

I remember that dorm room! Miss you, friend. I am so excited to read your new book. Can't tell you how fun it is to see your books in our library. I owe you a phone call...
xoxo, gillian

At 9:40 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Awwww...Sarah! It's Forbes College! Can't wait to read your next entries about college life. Congrats on the new book! Much love to you and Adam.

At 12:00 PM, Blogger Laura said...

YAY!! I carn't wait!!


*Pokes you to show me whats inside the book.*

At 2:27 PM, Blogger Enna Isilee said...

Ha! This is a great post. I love that you brought so many momentos. I was too scared to bring mine to the dorms. Instead I packed them all away neatly in boxes.

I should have brought them.

At 6:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bye bye painting. =(

Did I know that some movers lost the painting, did you tell me? Odds are very high that you did and I forgot. A colander holds things better than my mind sometimes.

At 10:30 PM, Blogger Sarah Beth Durst said...

Gleigh: So great to talk to you! I miss you too!

Karen: So cool to see you here! Hope all is well with you. Any chance you'll be at Reunions?

Laura: Soon!

Enna Isilee: I am a total packrat. My writing room is crammed with sentimental stuff.

John: I was really upset when we discovered it was missing. They also lost my clown poster that I had in my room forever. :(

At 12:36 AM, Blogger Anne Leigh said...

Ohhhh! I can't wait until the book comes out!! Way to go Sarah!!


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