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First off, I would like to apologize for any typos... I'm typing this on my phone, which I'm horrible at.
So as you guys have been repeatedly told by me, one of the biggest reasons for my absence on this site is due to the fact that in about three weeks, I will be beginning my Masters of Arts in Education program! I've been working on studying for the tests I need by the time I begin! I also just got a call from a middle school to ask about meeting in order to discuss the idea of me student teaching! It's becoming real and, to be honest, I'm nervous! I know I can hack being a teacher, since I taught in Korea for a year, but somehow, this seems more real. Probably because this time, I am going into something with the intent of making it a long-term career! It's a big step for me, so I'm excited, but, like I said, super nervous!
I'm also working at my part-time to help with my bills until my financial aid kicks in. Yay, student debt! *shakes head*
BUT. What I'm REALLY excited about is a project that I've been working on for roughly seven years! A story! I call it a 'story' now, because it's incomplete, but when I enter the editing phase, I will start to call it my 'manuscript'! I read somewhere a long time ago that people who call their stories 'novels' as in "I'm working on my novel" are pretentious, and I agree with that. It's not a novel until its published, you know? Anyway, I can't even begin to explain how many false starts I have had. I don't even have the first rough drafts of my story anymore because they were written on computers that I got rid of years ago, but I know I've written well over 30 first chapters for this story! I've hit the 150-page mark (double-spaced), and have successfully written further than I ever have before, and I'm feeling good about the direction it's going! I feel optimistic about it, which is something that I haven't felt in years! I just wanted to share my good feelings, because becoming a teacher is a noble pursuit, and one that I am passionate about, but writing has always been my first love. Since I started to read Harry Potter back in fifth grade, I have wanted to be an author. I still have the first chapter book I ever wrote, back in second grade (one page long)! It's sort of my dream job, even though it will take a lot of work and dedication. Wish me luck!
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