Hey! This is just a brief check in to let you guys to know what you might expect to see in February and March. I had hoped to be able to do more writing over the last few weeks, but of course, I got smacked with being sick right before I went back to school. This means I’m starting my last semester of graduate school already trying to play catch up.
I went back to the doctor today because I was eighteen days into some of the worst chest congestion I’ve had in a few years. It’s some sort of upper respiratory infection and I’m on my second round of medicine, this time with an antibiotic that I’m hoping will clear it up so I can get back into the swing of things. If this doesn’t do it, I need to go see a specialist.
This semester is going to be incredibly time-consuming. I have two graduate classes, one of which is requiring me to write and research a 35 page article and another looking for a 15 page research paper. I have an online class to get my ELA teaching certificate and that’s always a bunch of busy work. And on top of that, I have to prepare for my oral examination so I can graduate in May. This is basically me getting assigned questions from three of my former professors that require me to do a bunch of re-reading and analysis so I can go in and have a long discussion with them. It’s like defending your thesis without writing the thesis, if that makes sense.
All of that is to say that it’s obvious that my writing cannot be a priority this semester. It’s in my top 5 things that are important to me, but right now, it’s Number 5 after my health, my family, my education, and my job. I really really want to write some short stories and flash fiction to keep some updates going but I refuse to make any specific promises.
I love you guys and I promise you — this is the last semester of my education and without that, 85% of my schedule gets cleared. It’s going to be completely different after the first week of May. I just have to put my head down and keep at it.
First step, getting healthy again so I can put all of my effort into graduation!