This is Colleen, and and I'm finally back. I'll be posting my regular weekly schedule from now on, and boy do I have a lot to tell you all.
First and foremost, I'm a grad! As of a week ago, I have graduated from college cum laude. The ceremony was beautiful, and my whole family was there to celebrate. There is nothing I would change about it; the food, my graduation dress, the time with family, and other details were all wonderful (though I would change the stumble and the small blisters my shoes caused me walking around in them!).
The term leading up to graduation was good as well. It turned out that the final portfolio I was stressing about wasn't as bad as I'd thought it would be. I had my partner, and we looked over each other's works and gave constructive criticism on it. Even the essay wasn't all sorts of awful: we got weekly prompts that gave us the twenty five page minimum we needed, and after meeting with our professor we'd reevaluate them (my essay ended up being 37 pages long). All in all, it went well. And my other classes were fun too; I read a whole bunch of amazing plays in my theater class, and I can honestly say that my gender/woman's studies class was one of the best courses I've taken in college. It was just so informative and pointed a lot of equal right issues not just for women, but for everyone. I highly recommend any college student reading this to take a class. (And all my hard work paid off, because I got all A's on my final transcript. Also, I managed to get myself hypnotized this term, but that's another story). Lastly, the story written for the school newspaper that I interviewed three times for came out this term, and it was a really good article. I'm happy with it, and Lena did a good job writing it. I don't know if there's an online link, but I'll check.
As of now, I'm currently looking for a job and a place to live. I'm keeping an eye on some publishing places that I'm sending resumes to, but also trying to apply to Barnes & Noble as well. Haven't found anything yet, but still searching. As for a place to live, I'm hanging out at home right now and then moving to my grandparent's place; the latter is helping me look for townhouses. We've already found a possibility, but until we have a better idea of where I'm working (here or a different state), we'll put buying in the back seat.
Book and writing wise, I'm still getting back into the swing of things with my latest manuscript. Like with this blog, I put it on hiatus so I could focus on my last term, but with the moving and events, I haven't reestablished a normal writing schedule. But I'll get to it! No new to report from Leticia or SHP, but I'll be sending a email to Rich asking if he wants to take a look at some of my other manuscripts.
Lastly, my summer so far is going well. I went to my library's used book sale and got some wonderful books, including a copy of JRR Tolkien's THE HOBBIT (which I've been wanting for a while). I also attended my church's garage sale and found myself some excellent clothes, including a pair of white DKNY slack that fit perfectly. Once again, both events live up to expectations.
And that's really everything I have to say. Check back next week for a return of my usual blogging style, but as always I end with a quote:
"My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person; he believed in me." -Jim Valvano
Bye (and Happy Father's Day!),