Today marks the start of my second year of graduate school. I work in a library full-time, but to be an official librarian, I need that piece of paper. It can get a bit tiring to work in a library all day and then study and write about them as well, especially when I want to use that time to write fiction (or relax...or take a vacation, a mythical experience I've heard about but not partaken in years) but it's an interesting career that I think I'll enjoy. Though my ultimate dream is to write something that gets published, I know there's little chance of that being able to support me financially, at least for the first couple of years. I owe it to myself, any future family I may have, and society to not be a leech when I am able to work.
So far the semester doesn't look too overwhelming, which is a relief as my last spring semester was. The material wasn't overly challenging, but the classes had large workloads and I had difficulty not so much in balancing my time but my creative energies. I was constantly drained and too determined to not give up on a novel that needed a serious reboot. This semester, though, the school workload seems manageable, constant but not too heavy, and I feel better going in about the novel I began a few days ago. I was a bit surprised that my initial writing burst didn't lead to as many words as in my previous experiences, but my control of the language was better; I wasn't just putting down pretty words because they were pretty (but occasionally meaningless or nonsensical). One thing for sure is that I am a determined brat, so I'll learn from last semester and hope to balance it all better on this go.
On another front, we've got nearly all of the authors we need for Literary Orange 2011 lined up! I'm very excited for next year's event! I shouldn't reveal any names before they're listed on the website, but I'm very pleased by the participants and excited to moderate the fantasy panel again. To address a complaint we received last year, we were able to secure enough authors to have more genre panels this year. There will be a variety of literary and non-fiction panels as well, so there's something for everyone. If you're in the Orange County, CA area, I'd recommend you attend! But of course, I am a bit biased.
P.S. My new apartment looks awesome so far. So glad to be moved in.