A new year…
Where has the time gone? It’s been almost a year since I got this blog and I still haven’t managed to put up any stories. Well that is going to change. I know. I know. I’ve been saying the same thing over and over again, but I think this year will be different.
One reason is my head space. After being furloughed last summer (and being bummed out in general about it), I decided to rethink where I am going in life. Ultimately, I decided that I wanted to go back to school. Grad school to be exact. I never really thought I wanted to go. Being a writer, you don’t have to get a degree. You really just have to write and be diligent about it. But after years of writing short stories, poems, and even a novel and not having even a nible, I think I just need to get out of my bubble. I have taken community writing classes and been to festivals, but I fell as if I have used those places to their fullest.
So I went to an information session at a local college, and it seemed to be the next step. I’m not looking to go to get published. I want to go to be a better writer. I think I need that push that only academics (and an expensive tuition check) can give me. Plus I am excited about some of the classes. I remember hearing something about older students going back to school and how they are more focused. They know what they are there for and it shows in how they approach their classes. I can see how that would apply to me. Also, the program is designed for working adults so all classes are nights and weekends. Perfect!
You know, a year ago I would have never thought about grad school. But how quickly things change when one thing in your life does. I got furloughed (with a pay cut), so I decided to get healthy. Then I decided to get my writing career healthy. Now I’m 30+ pounds lighter and thinking about my MA in writing. Not everything is perfect in my life, but things are getting better… I think it will be a good 2010. Happy New Year!
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So — would you want yer relatives to edit on your oeuvre or would that be, like, desecration?
Hey, Chrissy! You’re so right about 2010. It’s going to be a very good year. I’m so happy to hear that you have decided to join our world of grad school. It’s a very fascinating place where you learn fascinating things and meet all kinds of fascinating people. You’ll be quite surprised at how it draws you in. It’s also like a social/academic club of sorts where you can commiserate over project deadlines, all the research you have to do, and papers you have to write but, let me tell you, it’s worth every minute and every penny. Welcome and let me know if I can help you with anything. 🙂