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College Writer Blog Tag!

College Writer Tag
I was nominated for the College Writer Tag by Patrice of Whimsically Yours, whose blog you should totally read. There are owls all over it, if that makes you more inclined to do so. (I like owls.)

Oddly, I don't seem to know as many college bloggers as I knew high school bloggers. Several of the blogs I used to follow in my age group dropped off the map during college. Luckily, this hasn't been the case for everyone!

The Questions:

What year are you?

I'm a senior. Ack. It's senior project and senior recital year. It's also "finishing up all the gen eds I didn't take before" year. I should have done the gen eds back in freshman or sophomore year, when I still thought that every class was a life or death matter. I recently got my grades in, and they were a lot better than I had expected. I really want to go on to grad school. I want to focus my studies in the area that I know I am interested in and good at. Unfortunately, I still have to take classes that fulfill my service learning and social sciences requirements.

What's your major(s)/minor(s)?

My major is Theatre, and my minors are Music and Spanish. My senior project will combine my music and theatre interests.

What types of writing do you do?

Right now, I am working on a fantasy wip, Contracted. It's around 95k right now. I'm also making extensive revisions to a YA high fantasy wip, known on this blog as The Book.

And I'm really...excited. About both of them. I did a mini-victory dance last night when I finally figured out how to solve a plot problem and what to rename a few characters. This is the wip that went through the wringer with a CP. I took some time off, plotted out some rewrites, and am now making major changes. And it's fun.

As for types of writing, I usually go for fantasy, horror, and supernatural. Though I have been known to attempt YA contemporary. I almost always write novel-length projects. That, or poetry. I have won a few contests. However, I'm in a "I hate all my poetry that I have ever written" phase, so it'll be a while before I write more.

What are your plans after college, both career-wise and writing-wise?

The usual response I hear after answering this question: "Well good luck finding a job/Hope you like working in fast food/Have fun living in a cardboard box/So what will you do for money, then?" Those and similar responses are all things that people have said to me, and they are never ok, nor are they clever or funny. 

I want to work in theatre. More specifically, Shakespearean theatre.

First, though, I want to apply to grad school. If that doesn't work out, I want to audition at theaters and get a job somewhere. 

I will definitely be writing the whole time. I hope to one day have a book published. Hopefully more.

What is one thing you've learned about writing while in college?

Your life experiences will change you and your writing in surprising ways. You will not be the same, and neither will your writing. And you know what? That's ok. That can actually be a very good thing. Sometimes it can be hard to accept, though.


I nominate...Brooke at Paper Mountain and Alyssa at I Am Writer - Hear Me Roar! 

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  1. LOVE this! Shakespearean theater is the best, honestly if I had continued theater after high school I would've wanted to do that & study in London or musical theater. Good luck with the rest of senior year. Also, I'll have all of Contracted to you either this evening or tomorrow :)

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    1. Why thank you, fellow theater lover! :D

      Also, thanks. I'm stepping up my game pace-wise on ISIS over break. Holiday chaos...sigh...It will be done sometime in January.

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