Saturday, September 27, 2008


I called Mom today and whined. Luke's at work again, the kids are driving me crazy, they won't get over their colds, I've had nothing but writing rejections this week, the house is dirty and eating me alive, blah blah blah. My mother is a good woman. She told me that it was okay to complain because I need a break and can't have one, and neither can Luke. And having her validate my frustration really perked me up a bit, which has gotten me through the day. Thus far.

She also said that nothing is going to get accomplished today, and just to accept it. And again, she was right. I've been trying to buy GRE study guides online for...about four hours now. It takes me THAT long to browse, research, put in a cart and buy. Because there are bumps to kiss and fights to referee and tummies to fill. I don't drink, and I'm very grateful at times like this, because I'd be passed out cold with an empty bottle in my hand otherwise.

So, MFA. I think it's a good idea. It isn't something that I have prayed about yet, but I'm excited to be moving in that direction. The whole "what am I going to do with my children while I'm at class" thing is a concern though, and so far I can't even find a schedule of what the classes will look like, so I can have an idea. But the GRE is good for five years, so even if it's not something feasible for next year, it will have been an accomplishment that I can use later. And honestly, how could studying for anything be bad? Education=good. Enough said.

So in November I'll be trying to write my third (and a half) novel and studying for the biggest exam of my life. Send help. Send chocolate. Send straightjackets and loving words of support. And Amy, I want to ask you about going back to school, but I can't find a way to get in contact with you! I'd like to pick your brain.


Ava Jewel Leilani said...

Your mom is a very smart woman!

Janyece said...

The chocolate I can send. Straight Jackets? I'm sure I with a little Google search, I can work something out. ;)

Amy said...

The upside is that while the GRE is super important, just studying for them and taking practice tests is enough to get a good score. You have to relearn everything you forgot, that you never thought you would actually use! But that's all. No big deal(; lol. Just take it one day at a time.

Dawn said...

This is a site I got when I went to that MA creative writing meeting (totally spelled it meating, but it's all the same, right?) Anyhow, I think they list all the MA and MFA creative writing programs here. If you look, you may be able to find a distance education one, though it could be more expensive if it's not in your state, but as far as your kids go...Yeah?