I've officially had 3 of my 4 classes this semester, and I think it's going to be a good year. I already have a bunch of homework, which I'll be diving into once I'm done writing this blog post. I have 1 English class, 1 Psychology class, 1 Astronomy class (I needed a natural science credit), and 1 Women's Studies class (which is the one I haven't yet had). I registered for these classes a few days ago, and am very pleased with all of them—which means I won't be dealing with the headache of adding or dropping classes like many other students.
If you've started school recently, how is your homework load? Is it already piling up? Or are your professors easing you into it?
It's now officially 2017 (it has been for more than 24 hours at this point, but I needed a day to recuperate after New Year's Eve—I stayed up late with family at a party and was exhausted afterwards). Anyway, if you need a refresher on why I chose "success" for my OneWord365 this year, you can find that explanation here. I'll just wait here... Ready? Okay.
I now have officially less than 2 weeks, I'm moving into my new living arrangement at Boston University. I still don't know where, exactly—something I'm trying hard to not freak out over. And since I can't register for classes until the last day of orientation, I really have no idea how my next 4 months are going to look.
But what I do know is that I'm going to have a good time there. Every time I'm on campus, I just start smiling—something that never applied to my old school. And if that's not a good sign, I don't know what is. As trite as it may be, starting school will be the foreseeable highlight of my 2017. Here's to a brighter 2017!
What about you? What are you most excited about in the new year?
I know, I know, I haven't written on my OneWord365 this year, but it's been a very tumultuous 10 months for me so far. Last week alone was filled with so much work that I spent all my free time sleeping so I could maintain enough energy to complete the tasks I needed to do.
What did those duties entail? Well, it involved mainly 2 things (both of which had a lot of smaller, pressing tasks):
I've been debating about writing this for a long time. The reason I finally decided to make this post is because my friend Sierra (who is also a writer) shared an in-depth blog post yesterday about how she had been struggling with some of the same stuff I had, unbeknownst to me. She's also one of my favorite bloggers, so you can find her two blogs linked underneath "Blogs I Like" to the right in my sidebar.
Anyway, I thought college really would be "the best years of my life," and they may be. I hope not, though. Because, honestly? People who think their life peaked in college must not be that happy now. But back to the whole point of this. The nicest way to put this is: I was disillusioned in my first semester and fell into a depression.
I slept all the time (more than usual), and I knew I was using it to avoid dealing with stuff, but I got more tired because I was so emotionally drained. I didn't want to do anything. And I mean that. Normally, I write one story start-to-finish, but sometimes I take a week-long break, or switch projects temporarily, before getting back on track. For the few times I need a break from writing altogether, I switch to making inventory for my organization, Our Hope Is Here. And when I don't feel like doing anything, I read. But starting from October through Winter Break, I was internally miserable, even if I pretended I wasn't.
The latest draft is DONE! I have to say that my last mandatory writing break (due to school work), while frustrating, was well needed. Since I got back to work in the past week, I have FLOWN through the chapters making last-minute edits and revisions and finished today. Plot has changed, chapters cut, combined, and reorganized for a much more cohesive story (which is really the whole point of revising, right?).
And almost immediately after I hit Save, I was lucky enough to find my One True Critique Partner (OTCP) Jessi Elliott on Swoon Reads' 2016 Critique Partner/Beta Reader match-up post (#BeMyBeta) which is similar to Maggie Stiefvater's Critique Partner Love Connection post from last year.
I'm a self-published author (because being a college student wasn't hard enough!) and spend most of my time doing homework. I write YA multi-genre fiction for young adults or the young at heart. I love NCIS, BBC's Sherlock,
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