It's going to come down to the wire, folks. Luckily I have an entire week between my last day of Chipotle and my first class of the semester, and two weeks into the semester before my new job technically starts. Basically, I need to scramble and get my manuscript done and also finish getting everything together to apply for a teaching assistantship.
That will require some editing and schmoozing on my part, but hopefully I have made enough of an impression on my professors to get them on my side. Anyways, I am at least working towards stuff, and I feel like on some level it is all starting to come together.
2013 is going to be a year with a lot of changes in my life, hopefully for the better. When I come through it, I will definitely be different in some way, again, hopefully for the better. No matter what happens I will always find a way to express my thoughts about it, deal with it and rationalize continuing to move forward with my life (I have already gone this far...) and hopefully be successful the next time around.
Hopefully it won't come to that. Hopefully everything will come together and work out this time around.
Days Go By (is still the title) of the novel, and I am in the process of a final edit. My goal is to get done editing and proofreading it, and put together to on Monday, January 14, 2013, enter it into the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest .
I feel like I am finally willing and ready and able to finish it, and that I have a solid support network that is sending me good vibes to get it done and entered and that it will be something even just be getting it into the contest (it is only open to 10,000 entries). I will be proud of myself no matter what the outcome. I would be lying if I said I won't be disappointed if I don't do anything in the contest, however, disappointment and discouragement are two entirely different things.
If I don't do anything (which is likely), if I get any feedback (which may or may not be possible, I'm not sure), I will make some changes and continue seeking to get it published, and if I fail at that (after I have literally tried everything), I will at the very least self-publish it on Amazon and try to promote it and sell it myself.
Either way, it is a worthwhile pursuit as I continue on in school until I max out or run out of funding options or can get a job with my degrees.