Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Done... Over... Complete...

I took my last final today - think I bombed it.  Regardless, I am done.  So long as I didn't fail the class (which I didn't) I have finished my second degree - officially.  Five semesters (2 1/2 years) and I've now got three degrees - Associate Degree in Business Machines (from Blackhawk Technical Institute), Bachelor of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science (both from UW-Whitewater). 

My faculty in my department have all been very supportive and helpful. The student workers who have covered the office have been wonderful. My family has been supportive, encouraging and helpful. It has been an interesting journey to this degree and to those who have helped - Thank you. I couldn't have accomplished what I have without you.

My two business degrees got me through a career in business and public service.  My public service career will continue (until I get my best sellers out there).  My Bachelor of Science is misleading because there was as little science in what I did as I could get away with.  My degree is actually English Professional Writing and Book Editing.  I'm very proud of all my degrees but this one is near and dear to my heart.  The business degrees are just that - business to make sure I can support myself.  The English degree is to move me along my writing career. 

Writing is what keeps me sane (or as sane as I get).  It takes all the images and words in my head and makes it into stories, poems, and other various things.  Whether others end up reading them or not is a different issue but I'm hoping more will be reading them. 

Now that I've finished I have plans.  I didn't get the grant I applied for but that doesn't mean I'm not going to write.  It just means I have to find alternative ways to support my writing.  Moving forward, I need to clean my office.  I have to put away all the school stuff.  Then I have to organize the entire office.  My office has to accommodate all the genealogy stuff, writing stuff, and personal business stuff.  I need to get things organized so all of that will fit and play nice together. 

After I get organized, I will work on self publishing, submissions, completing a manuscript that has been floating for three years.  It is a matter of moving forward to getting published - hopefully paid for my work at the same time. 

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