Sunday, April 20, 2008


School almost at an end . . .

In less than two weeks, school will be over and then I'll be able to get back to my writing. But I have been having a bit of a problem lately. I seem to be having a writer's block in relation to my school assignments, one of which is due this Tuesday.

What a stupid problem to have at this late stage of the game. *Rolling my eyes.* And instead of trying to finish it now, I'm here trying to complete this post for Blogger. Go figure.


Graduation . . .

I'm scheduled to walk on May 2 at 9:00 am. My classmates (some of us have become very close) and I are planning an exit party that will probably span the whole darn weekend. Then sleep the whole week that follows.

We have been extremely lucky. We all went through this process together from start to finish. We have helped each other, guided each other, and encouraged each other when necessary. We each understand what the other has gone through, all the obstacles we each faced whether personal, professional, or academic. And we have all grown stronger because of them.


Support systems . . .

I'm a loner by nature and I don't like crowds. I am more comfortable in smaller (more intimate) groups. I do my own research, dig for my own answers, and only ask questions as a last resort. But I did see the value of being a part of a larger group when it came to a support system for school. This could be study groups, bouncing ideas off each other, comparing notes and answers to see where we went wrong.

And now that school is almost over, I am recognizing the beauty of another kind of support system: one that is directly related to my writing. I am joining groups and communicating with other authors and doing my best to live in this writing world that is so new and exciting for me.

So, do you use support systems (not the familial one, which I tap into regularly)? But ones that are related to your passion or work or studies, if applicable? Let me know. And until next time . . .

3 comments:

Amarinda Jones said...

Uni assignments - how pukeable they were.

Support groups? I tend to rely on myself. I enjoy chatting with you and others. I like to hear what other people are writing and I like to hear of their successes. But on the whole I support me. I believe you have to.

Anika Hamilton said...

I see what you mean. But it is also good to know there are people out there that will help answer my questions, if I have any. And that for me is what having a support system is about. :-)

barbara huffert said...

AJ is an entity onto herself. I'm not even though I'm a loner at heart. Like I have, I hope you find a nitch which includes a handful of other writers you feel most comfortable with. I was first published a little over a year ago and one of the things that still amazes me are the individuals who are out there, ready to offer a shoulder when you need one, advice when you ask, and willingly share in your truimphs as well as their own. Best of luck on your new journey!