This spring everything seemed to change all at once.
On a low day at work, I signed up for a 'Career Coaching' session with the University of Bristol. Three months later I found myself at the careers office (clearly, they are very over-used and understaffed), explaining the possibilities I saw open before me, including a random course at Bath Spa University I had recently applied for. After I finished talking the counselor said, "Well, it seems obvious to me what you should do."
Clearly it was not obvious to me. My head was racing. What, what should I do??
"Tell me about the writing course," she said.
What the counselor helped me to realize in that short session was that I had a golden opportunity staring me right in the face. More than ever I wanted to take some time off to work at my writing. I dream of becoming a published children's author. And the Bath Spa program seems like the perfect opportunity to critically apply myself to my writing.
I could think of every reason in the world not to sign up, and I shared them all with the counselor. But at the end of the session I realized for once in my life I was going to give myself permission to do exactly what I wanted.
A week later I received my acceptance letter for Bath Spa University's masters in Writing for Young People. A week after that I signed my name and returned the form. Friday will be my last day of work at the University of Bristol and in September I will begin classes.
I ended my last blogging foray a little over a year ago. I missed it terribly, but I couldn't find enough time to write, and many of my posts seemed so whiny to my ears. Whiny and overly critical.
But now that I have been granted a bit of time in my life, I want to try my hand at blogging again here at 'Critically-Yours'.
But my goal is a more complex than pure criticism. This year I want to throw all my powers of criticism into ripping my writing, my plotting, my voice, apart so I can become the best writer possible.
But aside from my fiction writing, I want to work at being less critical. I want to open my mind to my fellow classmates, my teachers, Bath Spa's beautiful campus, and try to learn everything I can. I also want to open my mind to life in a new country (even though I've lived here for two years, it still feels so new and bizarre) and a new way of living as a full time writer.
So to hold myself accountable to these goals, but also to give myself the opportunity for a little fun writing, let this blog commence!