My plan for 2015 is to write as much as I can. I am focusing on just getting first drafts finished and these monthly updates will hold me accountable in my writing. So here is what was accomplished in January:
1. Title: The Pocket Guide to Surviving Grad School Or Getting Through Three Years of Self-Inflicted Higher Education Hell
Genre: Non-fiction, Humor
Synopsis: So you want to go to grad school? No big deal right? I mean, you made it through your undergrad and you are now older and much more mature. Grad school should be a breeze! WRONG! Learn from my naivety and make the most of your new living hell! The Pocket Guide to Surviving Grad School is here to provide advice and answer questions you never dreamed of asking!
I am here to ensure both grad students and their support teams that you are not alone and that this too shall pass. Take a quick study break, drown yourself in coffee, and flip through The Pocket Guide to Surviving Grad School for a much needed laugh!
My Thoughts: My time in grad school was tough. I worked full time, went to school full time, and did a part time internship. It was hard, exhausting, and often spirit destroying. I cried, a lot. I could fall asleep standing up. My fellow students were really the only ones that understood what I was going through. It was hard on me and my family, but I finally finished.
I expected life to go back to normal after school, but I found that I was still fighting depression and a lack of self confidence. I decided that I just needed some time to readjust, so I was content to spend my days at a dead-end job and watching hours of TV. This was even harder for my family to deal with because they felt I was wasting all my hard work. I was prepared to just ride it out, but then my best friend started going through the same thing as her graduation approached.
I decided to write it all down to help explain what we were going through. I included my unique brand of humor to help us laugh. I use my personal stories and advice to help grad students know what their getting in to and to let them know that they are not alone. There is a separate section for the family/friends/spouses of grad students on how they can survive the experience.
2. Title: Winter
(this is just the work-in-progress title and will be changed asap)
Genre: Mystery, Humor
Synopsis: Lucy Jones is a Creative Writing Graduate student at the prestigious Colorado Institute of Art. She is at her dream school working towards her dream job and her life would be amazing if it wasn’t for Dr. William Morgan. Dr. Morgan is determined to crush Lucy’s spirit, treating her more like his personal slave instead of just his Teacher’s Assistant. She spends her days surviving the stress and workload with no time for creative thought. Lucy can’t help but feel that this degree is a waste of her time and her dreams of being a writer slowly fade.
Then she finds Dr. Morgan’s dead body frozen in the snow.
Lucy tries to feel bad about the murder but she is finally free to pursue her dreams! But Dr. Morgan manages to cause problems even in death and soon Lucy must abandon her studies to prove her family’s innocence.
My Thoughts: Yep, another grad school story. I started writing this to put a much exaggerated and fun spin on the world of academia. Plus, this is one of my favorite genres to read, so why not try writing it? I am halfway through my first draft and enjoying every minute of it! Side note: None of the characters are based on real people.
Let me know about your writing goals! Lindsay