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Keeping My Head Above Water

So, I am approximately three weeks into school and it is already taking a toll on me. I have to do so much reading constantly and there is so much analysis in that reading that I need to do. I am glad to say I am continuing to get good grades and am keeping my head above water, but it is hard and what sucks is that it never ends. I had plans of revising my story and getting it off to my Beta-Readers by the end of the month and that may be pushed back a little bit but I am definitely going to try and keep to the schedule since I know many people are anticipating the sequel to the story.

Here is my class schedule:

Special Education 205 = A have to read a chapter or two in the book every week. This one typically gets pushed to the back burner because the class is meant for Freshman and the teacher isn’t too hard so I’m not too worried about this course.

English 460 (Major Authors) = This is a course all about Herman Melville. Luckily there isn’t much to this class as far as homework goes and the dates the homework need to be done by. All of it (besides a research paper) need to be done by Spring Break though, so I have approximately a month and a half to finish the homework for that class. But, there is constant reading and discussing of the works of Herman Melville which isn’t the most exciting of authors.

English 369 (Multicultural Drama of the United States) = I have to read and analyze a new play every week in this class. On top of it every three weeks there is another analysis due that compares previous plays with a theory. Luckily my teacher likes me in this class.

English 405 (Shakespeare) = I have the same teacher for this class as I do above. But, just as in the other class I have a new Shakespeare play to read every week. Shakespeare is definitely not the easiest thing to read and when you have to understand and analyze it to, your head starts to throb. With these discussion courses, it is all about participation so I make sure that I come prepared with at least one idea per class.

Education as a Second Language 311 (Linguistics) = The professor here is teaching the class for the first time. This makes this class quite the joke and he makes things much more complicated than they need to be. Not only is it in the morning (so I find myself snoozing because linguistics isn’t the most exciting thing in the world), but the tasks he assigns are tedious. There is only one assignment per week and the chapters are small and easy to get through so I am thankful there.

English 310 (Young Adult Authors) = This is definitely one of the most interesting courses I will ever take. My teacher loves science-ficiton and fantasy and so she is always curious about how my book is doing (she happens to be my adviser and the head of the English Department). Score! However, there is one huge downfall in this class. I need to read a new book EVERY SINGLE WEEK. We will go through 10 throughout the course of the semester and these are full length novels. On top of all the reading I need to do, this is the biggest timesucker I have ever had. As far as homework goes, though, I have not received any besides to read the stories and come prepared to discuss and since it’s a discussion class a lot of my grade rests on participation.

So, there you all have it. My schedule and what I am going through with this 18 credit semester. Right now I am a week ahead of schedule and I am hoping to keep one week ahead of schedule but it will be no easy task. I have found that planning in my calendar for what I am to accomplish each night of the week has really started to help me manage it. For example, I have been consistently reading four to five chapters of Melville along with maybe 75 – 100 pages of my modern books per night in order to not have it all pile up over the weekends. Honestly, I am surprised I still get a workout in. But, alas, I cannot do as much writing or reading on social media as I want to. Hopefully I’ll get some time this weekend to do some writing and revisions in my story. I want the story to continue!

But, if you do not see me post as often as I want to, it’s because of my extensive reading. Actually, I guess because I read so much now, I can start writing reviews of these books for some of my posts. Perhaps I’ll do that! Until next time!!! Hopefully I won’t drown in the pages of text I need to read.

Looking Back on 2013

What. An. Adventure.

I couldn’t find a better way to word it. Trust me, if there was, I would have, I’m an author after all 😉

Anyways, let me explain what I mean by that. This year I have had some pretty significant developments happen. At the beginning of 2013 I said that I would publish my first book by the end of the year. And, well, that’s happened! What has made me even more excited is that people are liking it and giving it good reviews. I couldn’t have asked for anything more (well, I suppose #1 New York Times Bestseller would have been up there too). But, this is a start, and for the people who don’t know how book popularity works, it is a slow process. There isn’t ever overnight success for a book (especially the first one in a series). I knew I wasn’t going to make money on the first book, but where you start to make money is the other books in the series cause that first one is all about establishing a fan base. Hopefully that fan base continues to expand. You can never have too many fans. 🙂

Next, I have tried the job market. Seriously I have. For those you reading this who don’t know much about me, well I have a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin in Creative Writing and Advertising (double major). I graduated Magna Cum Laude. Now, I’m not saying that to be a braggart, I’m saying that to tell you how real the struggle of the economy is right now. It is tough out there to find a job! All of the jobs I found were commission only sales jobs which, maybe at one point in my life, wouldn’t be that bad, but with my goal of publishing my book I needed for sure money.

And, then, do to pressures of not finding a job and the devolution of our relationship over the past years, me and my Fiance broke up. We were in a relationship for seven years, and I don’t regret any of it, but it was definitely hard on me especially when I decided to do it in the midst of my whole publishing adventure. We still try to maintain contact, but I believe in serendipity quite a bit. If it’s meant to be, it’ll work its way out in some form or another.

Anyways, it was in the midst of this soul searching and job hunting that I finally realized what I wanted to do with my life–become a teacher! Now, I wish I could just stay at home and write all day, that would be fantastic but I have a long way to go before I can make that a reality. So, I started thinking to myself (in the midst of all this) what is my personality suited for? What kind of career is suited to match the needs of both things, my hobby of writing and my need of money to continue my hobby? How can I become just a better individual? Well, I chose on the path of a teacher and am now going back to school to University of Wisconsin – Whitewater in the spring in order to pursue a teaching degree. I would like to be a High School English Teacher. This way I can inspire people to write, I can get summers off myself to write (and, in Wisconsin, the occasional cold day and snow day!)

I think, for me anyways, that coming out of college I will have a greater marketability about me. How many people do you know have published a novel by age 23? Not. Too. Many. So, I really hope that stands out, on top of the fact that the second one is in the works too. But, to make sure I increase my chances of landing a job (because I really don’t want to not have a job, it sucks. And, I’m broke) I want to join a few organizations. Sigma Tau Delta (English honor society) and I am actually attending a convention in late February to give a roundtable panel presentation on how to market your work effectively. Secondly, I want to join Boys and Girls Club or Big Brothers Big Sisters because it would show that I can work with kids, which always looks good on a resume.

Wherever my life decides to take me in 2014, I am ready for it. The struggles I have faced this year, have made me so strong and I am confident in what is in store for me come 2014. Stay tuned for a post soon that discusses what i plan on doing in 2014.

Happy Thanksgiving Shout Out

thanksgivingSo, as I’m sure many bloggers are doing this on Thanksgiving I wanted to make sure I take some time and thank everyone who has made an impact in my life over the past couple months. Below is a list of everything I have been thankful for as of late. This list isn’t all inclusive, just the ones that come to mind.

 

1) My family: I couldn’t be more thankful for them. Minus a small portion they have provided the means for me to make the dream of publishing my first book come true. Don’t get me wrong, I am still in so much debt that sometimes I have trouble sleeping at night but they considerably reduced it and are always my personal salesman always telling people about my book.

2) My friends: Over the past 2 months now I have gone through a large transitional phase in my life and I think it’s only going to continue to grow and no one has been there more for me than my friends. They have been reassuring me that the choice I made was a best course solution and have helped me cope with loneliness and have done many things to get my mind off of the past. Not only that, but they have supported me in my book endeavors too and, although I’m not sure if they are actually interested in hearing me rant all the time, they listen to me rant about the struggles of me self-publishing a book and the financial strain I feel at all times.

3) My readers: For those of you who have supported me and actually bought a book from me, thank you. For those of you who have not only bought a book, but have read it as well and have helped me get the momentum rolling with the book, an even bigger thanks. I truly hope you enjoyed it, and for those of you who haven’t read it yet, but have it, well I hope you like it. It was a project six years in the making and it’s always really scary pouring your heart and soul into something and then giving it to the public to judge and hope they like it. So far (knock on wood) it has gotten good reviews, but there is never any such things as too many good reviews. So, if you finish the book and enjoyed it please please please rate it on Goodreads and on Amazon and give it a good rating.

4) My future roomies at Whitewater: Although I haven’t officially moved in there yet, I am super happy of the place I have in Whitewater. It is perfect location to everything. As any transfer student is I’m sure living with random people you always wonder “Okay, are these people just going to stick around their friends, or be inclusive?” Well, I am super happy that my roommates are the latter. They are super inclusive and I think that is awesome and it only helps me get acclimated to the Whitewater community that much faster. I can’t wait to move in at the end of December and am even more excited to start the pursuit of my new career in English education when school starts again in January.

5) Supporters of my new career path: Speaking of being excited to start school again in January, I am also excited to see so much support I have gotten as I switch career paths. I am not saying marketing isn’t right for me, I love marketing and it’s been a blast really having first hand experience in marketing my own book, but marketing is a very hard field to get into right now. I am not saying education will be any better for me come Fall 2015 when I look for jobs, but I think I will be able to find a job. All of the people who I’ve told about this career path have told me that I would be an awesome teacher and it makes me reaffirm my faith that this path in my life is definitely the one I want to go down.

6) Finally, I guess I’m thankful for my book: I know, it sounds weird. But, let me explain. I am thankful for my book and everything that it has taught me in my life in the past couple months. A big saying in the book is “The Toughest Trials Test You Truest” and nothing has been a tougher trial for me than to take this large financial risk and publish a book. I think what is even tougher though is knowing that this is only part 1 in a 4-5 book series and that I continue writing. And, when you couple in the fact that I haven’t had as much support as I intended with this first book from FB friends or college friends it is really hard for me to continue writing and even think about launching the second book in 2015 (which is my goal currently) considering I’ll still probably be in debt with this first book if sales do not go the way I intend them to in the near future. Another important lesson my book offers, though, is the fact that nothing is impossible, only you decide what is possible and what is impossible so when you are feeling low, which is what I feel sometimes, you just say to yourself “I’m Possible” and continue pushing through. That is what I’m doing and hopefully it all works out for me.

Anyways, that is everything I am thankful for this Thanksgiving. If you are one of these people, you know. I truly appreciate every ounce of support I get whether that be in my career change, my new path in life, or my book. Thanks to you all and have a Happy Thanksgiving!!!