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Wherefore Art Thou, Shakespeare?

Once again, it’s been a while since I’ve written. Sorry about that. School has kept me busy, and then I got rather sick. So sick, in fact, that I’m behind in school and trying to catch up.

It’s Week 5 (of 8 weeks) of my Shakespeare class and we’ve just finished reading A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It was fun, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I enjoyed Hamlet. This week we are starting to read Richard III. I don’t think I am going to like this one, but it may surprise me, who knows.

All I know is that I am getting really tired of school and I can’t wait for it to be over soon. One more class after this – that’s all I need.

I am just glad I’m getting over whatever stomach virus had a hold on me for nearly a week. I had lost 10 pounds before it was over! I had to go to the urgent care to get a shot to keep me from throwing up, and then the next night I was in the ER throwing up again and they gave me another shot plus stuff to take home and a prescription so I wouldn’t have to come back unless it got seriously bad. With the meds, which dissolved under my tongue, I was able to start drinking and eating in small amounts again. I was on the B.R.A.T. diet for a while. That stands for Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, and Toast. I still haven’t been able to sit down to a full meal but maybe tomorrow.

Anyway, I hope everyone has been well while I’ve been away. It’s time for me to get to work on some homework on this dreary, thunderstorm-y day.

It’s Been a While!

I can’t believe how long it’s been since I’ve posted here. So much has happened since the last time, too!

My doc added a new med (well, an old med, as I was on it before) to my medication stack before. I think I might’ve mentioned it. Anyway, he’s been slowly increasing that (it’s Lithium, by the way, the gold standard in Bipolar treatment) and soon he will start to decrease the risperidone, which is what I had been on before as a mood stabilizer. I am hoping all of this goes smoothly, as I can’t really afford any more manic or depressive episodes like I was having before.

Class is going well right now. We’re in week 3 of the 8 week class and I’m all caught up. I have two more classes after this and then they will send me my degree in the mail (I have to take them both at the same time – it was a stipulation of my walking in the graduation ceremony last weekend). And yup, you read that right! I graduated! Well, sort of. You know what I mean. 😀 Wanna see a picture?

Krysha's Graduation

Krysha’s Graduation

Yup, that’s me and hubby outside after the ceremony. There were over 1,300 people graduating so it took a while!

Oh, and before I forget, I have a flash fiction piece published! You can read all about it HERE. Don’t forget to tell me what you think of it!

Trying Vietnamese Food, and Other New Things

I tried Vietnamese food today and boy was it yummy! I had some type of Pho, with rare beef in it. It was very good. I’ve been wanting to stop by that shop for a long time now and finally I said I would today, and I was hungry too, so that worked. *laugh* But you know what? It’s all about trying new things!

I also want to try to get a bicycle this summer and go for bike rides. This would be new for me. Well, new since I was an adult. I haven’t done bike rides since I was a kid. I think it would be a good way to burn some extra calories, and we all know how important it is for me to do that! I think getting active will also help me sleep better, which will help with my bipolar moods (always a good thing).

I’m working on getting caught up on my schoolwork ever since that manic episode. So far, I’m making good progress. And I ordered my books for next term, which is already open for viewing. I am getting a little nervous about it because it’s basically the course I’m taking now, but on steroids, so if I ran into trouble taking this one, what’s going to happen taking the next one? Oh, boy. The good thing is that I still have a decent grade in this class, because the professor approved my late work ahead of time.

However, to help me get through this tough next class, and the full-time term after it, I am going to start mapping out my time throughout the day. When I get up, I will check my email and all that, and spend some time looking at what needs to be done that day as far as schoolwork. Then, I can write down what times I will do homework from and when I will eat my meals, and when I will take other breaks, so that I don’t get burned out. But this way I can keep myself accountable during the times I should be working on schoolwork. (And I can actually sit down during those times and do it!)

So these are some new things for me that I want to do, or have done, in the case of Vietnamese food. Try some of these things or make a list of your own “want to’s” and try to get as much of them done as possible – make them your goals!

Procrastinating Away

Just like the title says, I am procrastinating away. I am usually guilty of this to some degree, but not with so many things on my plate. I don’t usually let things get so piled up. When things get backed up like this after I’ve procrastinated for awhile, I usually get a tad bit overwhelmed.

But I’m not getting overwhelmed today. In fact, I’ve already made myself a to-do list and I checked a few things off it before I stopped to relax for awhile again. I will probably get back to things after I’m done writing this blog post.

So what exactly is on this to-do list?

Well, I need to do more reviews for the poetry contest on Writing.Com (yes, I am still working on those), and I am also still working on my homework for this week as well. This week for homework, I need to read a short story and analyze it for showing vs. telling and I need to do a few critiques for the stories we wrote last week. And I told a friend of mine that I would critique a story of his so I need to get on that, as well as critique the two stories for the writers workshop on Friday.

When I look at it that way, it seems like a lot but I think that if I break it up into manageable chunks, I can handle it and get all this stuff done ahead of schedule. I’m thinking next week will be quieter and I can focus on some things that I want to do rather than have to do which will make it nicer, plus easier to get through.

Well, I’m off to tackle the first thing that’s due on my to-do list – homework!

Back to Normal with Writing

So, things are back to normal… somewhat. I am feeling better, which is great, and I’m getting back to the things that make me feel like a normal person, like writing.

I had my writing critiqued by a group at the Burlington Writers Workshop on Friday. It was a great experience and it really helped to improve my writing, I believe. I feel that the story I turned in today for the final grade for Week 2 is the best that it can be given only a week to write and edit it. I will probably look at the story again in the future and make more adjustments to things before submitting it to various publications. I might just keep it for a short book of my own flash fiction to be published on Amazon? Who knows!

Next week in class we are taking a break from writing and we are reading for a change. We are looking at the whole mantra of “show don’t tell.” There’s a story we are using to examine this principle in and I hope it’s a good story. We also have to critique at least two stories from last week’s writings. I really wish that we could have them read our revised stories but alas, they are stuck reading the first drafts. How unlucky for them.

I think I will keep writing this week even though it won’t be for class. I do have a novel to work on and it’s important to me to finish it this year so I think I shall try to write a chapter or two on the as yet untitled novel. I really wish I could think of a good title for it but I think that will come with time as I write.

Well, I am off to try to clean house before the new week of class starts tomorrow. Anyone who feels like grabbing a mop, feel free!

Getting back into the groove…

Wow, I can’t believe it’s been so long since I’ve written here! I am definitely getting back into my writing groove and you’ll find me here a lot more now, I can put money on it. But, I should probably catch you up on a few things…

After taking a term off of school, I am back at it! This term is Seminar in American Literature. We are reading a lot of popular American short stories, as well as To Kill a Mockingbird and Rule of the Bone for the classwork as assigned. Then, for my final project for the class, I am analyzing The Great Gatsby for the theme of “loss of innocence” – especially where it comes to Jay and Daisy’s relationship. It feels good to be back in school and studying. I have determined my best course of action is to continue part-time until I graduate. I can walk in the ceremony this May, but I will have to continue taking classes until February, I believe. I can do it! It will feel really strange once I’m out of school.

My Bipolar has been giving me trouble as of late and the stress of even the smallest things outside of my comfort zone have been setting me into a tailspin. Because I have found it hard to work ever since my hospitalization in 2010, with jobs lasting no more than a month or two, my husband and I have decided that I should apply for disability. I applied about two months ago and I am awaiting the first decision. I hear that it’s common to get denied on the first decision so I will probably elect to go with a disability lawyer to help me appeal if I do get denied.

Things have been rather tight financially as we near the end of my husband’s undergrad degree. We’ve been living off a meager savings and his GI Bill money, but it’s getting close now. We are hoping he will be able to find a job as soon as he graduates so that things don’t get any tighter around here. He’s found the school he wants to go to for his Master’s program, but it’s online so he can work while he attends school. That will be a big help.

Oh, and I’ve been crocheting a lot more lately! I even opened an Etsy shop although it only has three things in it. It probably won’t be a great source of income but if I can do something with some of the things I sell, then I think it’s a perfect venue for sales. Right now I’m in the process of making slippers, an afghan, and a scarf. I love having multiple projects going at once so I don’t get bored with one of them, especially when one of those projects is an afghan.

So, that’s what I’ve been up to. The next time I write, I will have an update on my writing projects!

On The Mend

So things are going much better now. It took awhile for me to get used to not having a job and I only worked there for a month. I had really gotten used to working there and I liked the routine. I am getting used to my new routine though.

 

This is the last week of my Literary Theory course. I am hoping to end the course with at least a B- but it may be a C. Not really sure yet. I will get two weeks off before my next course starts. That one will be a fiction writing workshop. I’m really looking forward to taking that class. I haven’t been inspired to write fiction in a long time and I think this will help me along.

 

And instead of looking for a new job, I’ve decided to start up my freelance writing again. It’s slow going at the moment. I’ve only completed one job and I’m working on another small one. I’m hoping to get a couple more going to keep me busy and keep the money rolling in. Hopefully I will start to get some more jobs coming in soon. In the meantime, I’ve set up a new freelance writing profile website. Check it out HERE and let me know what you think through the contact form! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts.

 

Oh, and we are helping out someone that Quay’s step-dad has known since she was a kid. She’s been homeless for over a year and hasn’t been able to find a job. I’ve been helping her fill out job applications while she stays in our guest room. She’s been helping around the house instead of paying rent and it’s been helping us out a lot since I’ve been working to find writing jobs and Quay has been busy with his internship (plus he’s been sick with a head cold the past week or so). So this is mutually beneficial, I think. Plus, there are many people grateful for us helping her, not just her. Even her friends and family are thanking us for helping her. It feels good to be helping someone.

 

Something I’m Proud Of: Helping someone who needed it

 

Three Things I’m Grateful For:

  • My ability to write to make money
  • My Lit Theory class being almost over
  • Scooby Doo cartoons (I love ’em!)