Sunday, January 29, 2012

New Year

So my program at Bellin College has begun and it's very clear that I won't have much time for anything else when school's in. There are breaks, but they'll be way too few and far between for my sanity, I'm sure. I will hopefully be able to document a great deal of my struggles here. So for the next year or so, this will effectively become "Adam's struggles in Nursing School".

To give some background, Bellin College is a private school that used to be only a nursing college, but they've added a degree program for a bachelor's in radiology science, so it isn't kosher to call it "Bellin College of Nursing" anymore, even though a lot of people still do. I've begun a program that they call the 15-month option, that is an accelerated program designed mostly for people with degrees in other fields that want to become nurses. Well, I don't have a degree, but I met the prerequisites, so they took me.

While I'm not totally convinced that I've made the smartest move of my life, quitting at this point would be pretty ridiculous and I'm sure I'd regret it, so there's really not much to do but grind it out. Even if I graduate and decide not to go into nursing in the traditional sense, there are a lot of jobs that I'd qualify for with a BSN that I don't currently qualify for.

Here we are almost into February and I hope that I can use this as a means to keep writing since I'm pretty sure I won't get any stories done. I hope this doesn't get too boring.

Welcome to the new year!

Friday, August 5, 2011


So the summer semester is over for me and I've finally found myself with only a honey-do list to hang over my head. My hope was that I could take this month before the Fall semester starts to catch up on some "me time" but I'm still unsure about how much of that I'll be getting.

I don't really have anything profound to say here, but I thought I'd update my current plans. I hope to catch up on some writing and maybe even get to the editing stage of my novel (that's not going to be much fun). Fishing and other total recreational things will be crunched between watching the munchkin and taking care of household chores. I need to baby-proof the kitchen, which might require extensive home modifications...

On the writing front, I got around to submitting the stories that have been sitting around and I want to find a Halloween short story contest for a story I wrote last year. Still waiting on two more stories that have been out for WAY too long. I might have to query them to make sure they didn't get rejected and I just never got notified.

That's about it for now. I hope this is the beginning of regular postings again.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Hello? Are you in there?

The title of this post has actually two meanings: I haven't written anything here for a while, and so I thought that it might be what anyone who is foolish enough to follow me might be thinking, and that my writing has kind of fallen into a stagnation period.

As I've said before, my writing tends to go in spurts, so I might just be in a dry spell, but I think that there is more to it than that. By way of explanation, I'll tell you that I'm currently finishing up my summer semester, which consisted of 3 online classes (one that required me to read 4 textbook chapters a week!) and that I haven't really found all that much time to work on my writing lately. In fact, I've had a few stories that got rejected a while ago that I haven't even submitted again.

The academic writing that I've been doing has not been cutting it, and the lack of any semblance of writing lifestyle is starting to wear on me, I think. Next year won't be any better, but I can hope that I figure out how to balance finishing school, finding time to write the nightmares before they take over, spending time with my family and maybe even spend some time on hobbies like fishing, playing video games, etc.

In the meantime, I thought I'd throw this out so that people don't think I'm dead and hopefully I can get myself back in the swing of finding a few minutes to scribble a post here and there.