It’s almost here! I go back to school the week of August 22nd. The deadline for finishing the revisions of my next book, You’ll Think of Me, is the 19th, so good timing on that!
Anyway, regular readers of this blog may be sick of my semi-annual “back to college” posts. You’ll all be glad when I graduate. Right? And when will that be? you ask. Lots longer than I would wish because my writing deadlines require that my school attendance be very part time (I may have mentioned that before). Last semester, due to my non-credit college math prep course that I was required to take, I ended up earning only one credit. Ack! Not good.
Sometimes people ask me what my college goal is. I answer truthfully (I probably have told you this before, too): “To go up to get my degree before I need a walker to get there.” I’m only half-kidding.
And to tell you the truth, as I’ve watched the CWI graduating classes since registering to attend, I think I have a good shot at being the oldest graduating student of whatever class I end up with. I told my husband that if I find out there is an older student that semester, I just might have to wait and take one extra class just so I get that recognition. Hey, I can’t hope for Dean’s List since I am part time, so I may as well go for the old-timer recognition. LOL!
In Fall 2015, I took a class called The New Dystopian Hero. Was that a class made for a writer or what!! I loved it, and since it was filled with book nerds like me, I reveled in all of the class discussions.
For Fall 2016, there is another class I am ultra-excited about. It is so new that it didn’t even make the catalog. When I saw it mentioned in an e-newsletter from the college, I promptly dropped one of the classes I had already registered for.
The new class in my schedule? Introduction to Film Studies. The description? “Watch some of the world’s greatest movies, Study the art of filmmaking. Do you wonder how directors work their magic with pictures and sound? Do you try to analyze a film, but just can’t find the right words? Do you understand why movies make you laugh or cry? Wonder no longer! Take Introduction to Film Studies – and your questions will be answered.”
As with The New Dystopian Hero course, where we discussed books like The Hunger Games, Divergent, and The Giver (i.e. talked about storytelling), now I’ll get to watch “great” movies (still waiting to know which ones the instructor considers “great”) and discuss them (i.e. talk about storytelling). Right up my alley once again.
Of course, I will have another book to write while all this studying is going on so it is going to be another lengthy stretch of Don’t-bother-me-I’m-chained-to-my-computer. Good thing I have a husband who takes care of me, the pets, and the house while I’m writing and completing school assignments. I am blessed, indeed.