SO I’VE BEEN BUSY
Ahh.. that whole education thing, dontcha know? What started
in spring of 2011 is coming close to reaching an end. I have now completed nine
of the ten classes for my Masters degree, and I’m pretty damned excited about
it. I’ve been working myself into the ground over the last nine months in
particular. Each of the past two semesters, I have taken three classes while
working full time, teaching two classes a semester as professor, and engaging
in other activities like writing my first comic book, serializing a novel online
running the Comics Waiting
and more. I’ve made a lot of sacrifices in my personal life
along the way. But I needed to get it done. I had to make this happen.
So I did.
What sort of outcomes am I seeing? Some wonderfully tangible
results, thankfully. After nine classes, my GPA stands at 4.22 on the 4pt
scale. I’ve gotten A+ in six courses, and As in the others. I was accepted into
the Phi Kappa Phi, a prestigious honor society. I’ve made new friends. And I’ve
gotten prolific as a writer in ways I could not have imagined when I started.
This past semester, I undertook a practicum. It required me to write eight new
short creative nonfiction pieces in the four month span, put them together as a
short book, and direct publish them to the Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble
Nook platforms. Just to show I’m insane, I wrote nine stories, added two from
last summer, and got that bad boy up on the web for purchase. I even added a
third way it could be downloaded, because that’s just how I roll:
Three of your dollars. Cheap.
On top of that, my faculty advisor prodded me to finally put
together a best-of collection of my writings about comics. Sure, why not? I
didn’t have enough to do already, right? So I did it, and it is now available
as well. In paperback and exclusively on the Kindle:
So I’ve been busy. Now I have some freedom to have a life
again, which I’m pretty excited about. What’s up with you?