I have found that when you are not actually in school, the semesters go by much faster. A year ago today, I was celebrating my independence from graduate school. I'm not going to get all caught up in what's happened in the past year--especially since nothing much has happened and I don't really have anything to show for my MA. I am getting some writing done, though. Which is all I ever wanted, so I guess I'm happy.

I'm extra happy that I'm done teaching for the next month! I need a break before the summer quarter. But I'm not sitting at home, being unproductive. Nope, not at all. I'm working at the testing center, like I did last fall. I'll be here about 17 hours/week. It's pretty freaking sweet, too, because there are no classes while I'm here, and only a handful of testers. So basically, I get a nice, quiet place to work for 17 hours a week. In June, I'm going to start teaching again, and in July, I'm going to start getting more hours here at the center. All this adds up to a pretty nice summer.

Sigrid and I are working on the novel we plan to pitch in June. We started last Monday, and we're already at 30,000 words. This is writing quickly. But even better than that, we love the story. I adore the characters. The plot is wonderful. And the other night, when we realized something about our villains, I felt a thrill of genuine fear. I mean, a real, honest-to-God chill raced down my spine. I may not know much about pitching to agents, but I'm going to walk into that meeting with a lot of confidence. Also? Our hero is such a cuddly Woobie! Or maybe I'm slightly biased because I'm writing him.

Last night we were watching The Big Lebowski, and for the first time, I began to suspect that movie doesn't make any sense. What do you all think? I knew it was supposed to be like The Big Sleep and The Maltese Falcon, so I guess I shouldn't expect it to make sense. Who got the money in the end?


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