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Graduation!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

So last weekend was the final conclusion of grad school, where I got my hood and a fake diploma (they mail the real ones out in a couple of weeks) and I went from being an MFA candidate to having the degree conferred, so it was pretty exciting.

Little Bear had his Kindermusik recital the Thursday before, so it was a busy week, so we didn't do school, but now we're back at it, ready to finish up Kindergarten by the end of May, just in time to start an ocean study and computer programming for summer, and time for me to figure out exactly what we're going to try to accomplish for first grade.

I put on weight in school, mostly because I drank a lot of junk, ate a lot of junk food, and spent most of my free time in front of the computer. So I'm starting over with a lot of things, including a fitness plan and a diet that doesn't revolve around fried cheese and Indian carry-out.

It feels good to have school behind me now, but I honestly will miss the crazy pace of everything, the work, the camaraderie, the putting off of reality. LOL. Being in graduate school was kind of like being "on hold" for a bit, having to put school stuff first and thinking "when I get the time, I can't wait to write this or read that." Not that I have any free time now, but at least there's a plan.

What's weird is that I've gone through periods of "now what?" where I feel like I've been on a routine path for a while, and the path forks suddenly and I have to decide which way to go. We were on such a still body of water for years, and then I got pregnant. I worked the same job for 16 years and then it was eliminated. I played at being a writer for 25 years and then I had the chance to get my MFA and take it seriously. Now that's all over and the next question is: what do I write next?

I'm working on outlining a novel, finishing a YA novel I started before school, and revising a novel I wrote a few years ago, plus submitting short stories to anthologies and magazines I enjoy. Doing some poetry and play writing on the side, and enjoying that. I have no idea what my 5-year-plan is, but right now I think that's kind of okay. My focus now is getting fit again, maybe trying to teach dance again, and enjoying the summer!

Onward and upward, friends!
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