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Is it fall already?

Just registered for Fall Semester today. I'm taking Ethics in Literature and Advanced Creative Writing, both of which ought to be fun. Esp. since the EoL class is going to feature several SF/F/H books.

I also met with the college this evening and went over my transcripts. With a little luck (and a favorable ruling on my 29 year old CLEP tests), I can graduate this coming spring with my AA degree in English and only have to take (at most) one non-English class. They may make me take a Lab Science Class in the Spring along with Eng. Composition II (the remaining required English class I have to take).

What I have to start working on is my 50 page writing sample for Grad School. Both John Hopkins and University of Maryland require a 50 page sample of my work as an admission requirement. The thesis part of the course is to complete the work on a novel, which I then have to defend. I have the distinct feeling, they're not going to be interested in genre fiction, so I need to start thinking of a story that's a tad more mainstream than I would normally. Oh well, as I said with my Creative Writing class last semester, "Think of it as using writing muscles I wouldn't normally use."

Why am I worrying about pursuing a Grad school degree? Three reasons. One, I think any additional writing I do, and receive solid critique on, can only help me in the long run. Two, with a MFA in Creative Writing, I could teach as an adjunct faculty at one of the local community colleges and I really, really liked being a teacher when I was assigned as a military instructor for three and a half years. Three? Well, with a Masters, it would be a lot more likely I'd get promoted at work. Not that I'm worried about it, right now, but eventually, I have to take at least one promotion.

Then again, if I can produce enough novels/novellas/short stories to supplement my income sufficiently, I'm planning on going half-time at work. Keep the 401K and the medical benefits, but still have Friday-Monday to work for myself.

That would assume I'm getting work done on the novels I have underway . . .

Back to the coal mines.



( 2 howls — Howl with the Pack )
Jun. 21st, 2006 03:09 am (UTC)
Good luck on all of this!
Jun. 21st, 2006 10:25 am (UTC)
>Then again, if I can produce enough novels/novellas/short stories
> to supplement my income sufficiently
Ah, the joys of life planning around a pig in a poke.
One of my writers groups is poised to plunge into the big time: http://anurbanfantasy.blogspot.com/ Concentrates the mind somewhat.
( 2 howls — Howl with the Pack )

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