Sunday, August 28, 2011

It's that time of year again...

Tomorrow my summer vacation is officially over.  Not that I've had a lot of vacation time per se.  I was doing intern work at a Center for  Domestic Violence over most of the summer.  I had a couple of weeks to myself, but tomorrow I go back to college.  And what a way to start things.  I have 4 classes tomorrow.  The first one starts at 9:30AM and the last one ends at 9:00PM.  I'll be taking a heavier load this time.  This is so that I can finish my major and get a B. S. in Human Services and several certificates by December.  Great way to end the year and give myself an early X-mas present.

But even then it's not over.  Oh no.  I'm already approved for more Pell Grant money for another semester so I'll be taking some evening courses in order to make myself prepped to transfer to a four year college IF I choose to do so.  In the meantime I'll be looking for a regular job.  UNLESS of course I get an agent and my books take off like gangbusters and Hollywood starts beating on my door for the rights to them.  Yes, I like to dream in Technicolor, with a wide-screen, HD quality, and Dolby Surround-Sound.

But more than likely if I get an agent and my books get grabbed up, I'll be working part-time so I can still write more often than if I were full-time.  This is something I've picked up from a lot of established writers.  You may wish to write full-time and do nothing else, but until you have a big enough audience following your work, you need a regular job.  Keeping a roof over your, head and eating regularly makes it a lot easier to continue the creative process.

I'm still waiting on the agent in New York who has my manuscript (may she and her family be safe along with all my other family and friends back east).  But for most of this week I kept waking up with a feeling that I'm going to hear something positive when the time comes.  I don't know why, I just do.  So, fingers crossed and we'll see what happens when she does contact me. 

In the meantime, I'll be writing between classes.  I intend to take my laptop with me to school everyday and save everything on back up sticks and discs.  A little trick I mentioned in one of my earlier blogs so if God forbid something happens to your computer you haven't lost everything.  Homework will take precedence over writing, but I've always been good about getting my homework and reading done quickly.  Hey, I've been carrying a 4.0 grade average for the last year and half, so I musts be doing something right.

So stay tuned and keep writing everyone.  I'll try to be better about updating than I have in recent months.