Hello there! I think I’ll address another question/comment today. Remember, feel free to send me questions or comments or whatever here or at Facebook or Twitter. This one is from Dallas Funk. She recently brought it to my attention that we aren’t preparing for a new semester, we aren’t panicking to finish up our last packets, and we aren’t getting ready to travel halfway across the country for ten days of writerly business and fun. How does that make me feel? Well…
Actually, that’s only kind of right. Sure, I’m sad, but I’m also a little excited and relieved and not as stressed (though I fully admit to facing new kinds of stress). I mean, right about now is usually when I’d be starting to prepare for the residency and worrying over the drive that isn’t for another month (irrational fears FTW!) and all that. Instead, I started writing a new novel this month while I wait for feedback on the other one. I had been working on a collection of short stories, which was becoming tedious, so I switched projects. The fact that I’m not working towards a thesis, and that I didn’t have to check with anyone first, made it much easier to convince myself that this kind of shift is okay. The freedom, man! The freedom!
I will definitely miss everyone, but this is what happens as we grow. We lose touch with some and make new connections with others. Also, I’d normally have a social buffer right around this time to make the transition easier. A weekend out among other similar minded freaks (granted, these are anime lovers, not writers, but still). Also known as A-Kon weekend. But I’ve chosen to skip it this year (that was a dumbass move on my part). I think that has me more sad than anything. I knew school was a limited time thing going in, but this is the first time in thirteen years that I’ve skipped A-Kon.
Don’t get me wrong, it is time for a break from A-Kon, but I kind of regret doing it the same year I finished school. However, I am trying to stay a little social by going to readings and stuff. Yeah… I guess that’s really the biggest “sad” part about not prepping for a new semester. It’s just the lack of socializing that’s got me a little down. That’s actually a pretty terrifying revelation for someone who never really cared about having a social life. Gee thanks, Stonecoast!
I guess what all this boils down to is that I’m having feels about the situation, but none of them are really standing out. Actually, I posted a Facebook status a few days ago that said “It feels weird to not be prepping for A-Kon or a new semester. I shouldn’t have stopped both in the same year. Sad Cyn is sad. In other news, I decided to start a new novel tomorrow. It’s a standalone. Much more post-apocalypse (but not really) sci-fi than I’m used to writing. I’m kind of excited.” That was when a friend’s mom asked if I was bipolar (jokingly, of course) and I replied with “It’s a writer’s life! Conflicting emotions are the norm.” So, that there’s the short version of everything I just said.
A writer’s life… So many feels, bro. So many feels.