Aced It!

underwood3Well, I couldn’t sleep tonight, so I decided to focus some energy on the final lesson of the writers’ workshop I’ve been taking online through my local community college. Finished the final lesson and submitted my 500-word creative writing piece; I’m just waiting for the instructor’s critique. I took the final exam and aced it!

I know it is just a simple online non-credit course (though I did earn a few CEU’s:) But it has sparked the flame for me to finally work towards a degree. I started my FAFSA application earlier today, and I know there has to be some scholarships or grants out there for which I’m eligible.

I decided to select three schools (one in MA, one in NH, and one in RI) and see how the numbers work out. I’m partial to the NH one because the courses look like exactly what I want (although it is the most expensive of the three), but I decided to check out the one in MA (also an online program) because I should be eligible for the lower resident tuition, and the one in RI just to see how the numbers measure up.

spiralboundThe RI school is my last preference because it would be a campus course, and while I have nothing against a campus-based course, I like the flexibility of the online programs; there’s a lot to be said for being able to work on the coursework without having to be present somewhere at a designated time/place, especially when you have a full-time day job and have to also fit dinner and sleep in there somewhere, among other things:)

I’m excited, really and truly, and very proud of myself. My next goals for this weekend (since it looks like we’ll be either rained- or snowed-in yet again) are to post my Thoughtdivers story for the first challenge and complete my FAFSA app.

New Beginnings!

smileyWell, ambition seems to have taken hold of me lately:) I decided to create a new collaborative writing blog. It’s over here!

The project was inspired by a book I read recently where two authors gave each other a 48-hour writing challenge and they each wrote a story based on the challenge topic. The result was a collection of short stories.

I’m changing things up a bit and using a weekly deadline, but it should be interesting to see the various stories the participating authors create! First challenge is already posted – with a March 1 deadline as we get started.

gradI’ve also been in touch with a local university, and once we have our taxes for 2012 completed, I’m going to see what kind of financial aid I can get and finally start accomplishing my dream of a degree in English with a focus on creative writing. I haven’t decided on whether to pursue the 3-year bachelor of arts degree or the combination program to get both my bachelor’s and my master’s degree in 5 years. That would depend on the cost, I think. Either way, I can’t wait to get started!