Well hello November-and by hello I mean a fond farewell since December is licking at its heels!
My first semester of graduate school is nearing its end and while its been fun I’m actually very excited to see what spring time will bring me (yes I know I’m a nerd thinking of future classes versus winter break). I feel like I have learned so many new things in terms of strengths and weaknesses with my writing in just this first semester. I can’t wait to see what a full year will shape my writing into.
It hasn’t been all sunshine and rainbows, I have been and will be spending much of Christmas break re-writing the 100 pages I came into grad school with changing the POV (point of view) from 1rst person to 3rd person. After conferencing with my teachers we decided this was the best direction for the story and the characters since it develops over a three year period. Changing POV allows more dynamic and diversity with my characters so while I’m excited since I have been experimenting with this lately it does require a different mind set than what I had created originally.
My weekend’s have been full of fun activities with my co-hort from braving the cold on Halloween with my trio or spending game night’s indulging on wine. I love being in different situations where we get to see different aspects of each other outside of our classroom writing. Whether it’s discussing pop culture, writers, personal woes, Chicago,my co-hort is full of such interesting people and I’m happy to call them my friends.
Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and though I’m not going home to Texas,I will be spending it with my writing family here in Chicago in what we have dubbed “Co-Hortsgiving”. Good fun, friends, and company is all you need sometimes to make a holiday when you’re void of family so I’m looking forward to my Chicago style Thanksgiving.
Has it snowed yet? Nope. I got teased with some flurries that I documented on my snapchats (dezij) but no REAL snow yet. I am fully prepared though with winter mittens, gloves, jackets, and boots so I hope I can see a white holiday before I head home to Texas in December. That arrival is roughly a month away where I will bounce between San Antonio and Killeen for a good month in a half.
I’m excited to have break to not only catch up with friends & family, but to get in some leisurely reading and writing (yes I’m a nerd I know). Other than that I’m trying to brave the elements and survive these weather changes that are destroying my allergies. I thought SA was bad, but nope this is much much worse, I’m sipping soup and tea as I speak.
I hope your November treats you well 🙂