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Dearest duckies who have graduated from college/university/graduate school etc,

Do the panic-inducing, wake-you-up-in-the-middle-of-the-night-sweating nightmares of unexpected exams, unfinished homework, plagiarized papers (when you've actually never plagiarized before), or finals in classes you don't remember registering for, ever, ever stop?!?!?!

I really rather desperately want sleep...

Graduation

May. 29th, 2011 07:25 pm
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Yesterday was the commencement ceremony for my graduation from college with a Bachelor's of Arts in English, focusing in Creative Writing. There was a slight problem when I couldn't stop hiccuping before the Processional but someone managed to scare them out of me before I ended up in front of the president of the college. There were wonderful speeches and lots of peers graduating

I am so ecstatic and terrified about what to do now. The one phrase that stuck with me the most from the Valedictorian's speech was a quote from Howard Thurman which said:
Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.

and this is the best advice I think anybody could receive which I intend to wholeheartedly follow.
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So, just the quickest of quick updates to say...

I AM FINISHED!

I successfully completed my thesis (all edits included) and presented it before a large audience. Without passing out.

I can finally let myself back onto the internet without worrying that my time should be spent on the thesis and not all the lovely shiny things that so thoroughly distract me when I need to not be distracted.

YAY!

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I suppose I have delayed long enough posting my epic fail of NaNoWriMo.

I had a great idea. Lots of notes. A planned storyline. Everything. And I tried to do it the month I had a 5-20 page short story due in Creative Writing Fiction and a 3,000 word essay due in Creative Writing Non Fiction. Needless to say, I did not finish my novel. I managed to write about 5,000 words before school became too much for me to handle.

But, that does not mean I am giving up. It just means that I am no longer writing under a deadline for this novel. And I will finish this novel. I am making a promise to myself of that. I just need to break it down into more manageable pieces than 50,000 words in a month.

I have over 20 stories started on my laptop and in my writing notebook, and I will finish at least one of them with this novel.
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I'm taking two creative writing classes this semester (one non-fiction, one fiction) in preparation for finishing my thesis in order to graduate next spring.

I was attempting to write a 50 page word fantasy novella, and I don't know how to fill in the pages. I know that it needs conflict and drama. But I don't want to write conflict. I don't like conflict. I like fluff, I like romance. I want to write about butterflies and rainbows and fluffy puppies, with everything coated in a layer of sugar thick enough to give every dentist within ten miles of me a panic-induced heart attack.

But conflict sells.

And gets me an A in my creative writing classes. *head desk*
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College starts in less than a week. I am going to be a senior. Blegh.

So this is my last year as a college student. Unless I decide to go on to graduate school. At the beginning of this new school year, I am setting up some goals for myself. I think if I put them in a place that I will look at regularly, I might be able to be more focused on them. So, here they are:

spiritual - I have a book on Buddhism that I want to read.
career - Get a new job related to my major.
family - Find something in common with both sisters to share in.
financial - Don't end up in debt.
physical - Lose 38 pounds by December 31st.
public service - Find a cause to volunteer for.
writing - Finish Creative Thesis.

These are all really kind of vague for now, except for the physical one and the spiritual one. They will become more detailed as the semester goes on.

Finals

Apr. 30th, 2010 03:45 pm
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That's it. No more. Nada. I have finished all of my finals for my junior year of college. I am now officially a senior.

Crap. That means I actually need to start thinking about what I want to do after college.

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