The Maze Runner trailer comes out in 2 weeks;
I FINALLY KNOW WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH LIFE AFTER GRADUATION
I got offered a spot in the Disney College Program again! I was seriously freaking out about it the past few days, but now that I’m accepted I feel so relived.
And I got Attractions this time, which is what I’ve wanted since I applied for my first program back in 2011.
Seriously. This is a big deal for me. I cried.
I see that on Tumblr there was a petition to stop bad things from happening to Adam Parrish
My Workshop This Semester Did Not Start Out Well
I’m used to tough criticism on my work, and I do enjoy getting it. There’s nothing else that improves a story like a critical eye or two.
But something new to me was getting a bad grade on a creative writing assignment.
My workshop professor this semester is actually my adviser, but I haven’t had her as a teacher yet. So I turned in my first writing exercise and didn’t think much of it. I could make the excuse that I was drowning in other homework and post-graduation plans at the same (I was), but I can’t give reasons for why my work sucked. If I have excuses, then there’s something not working the in piece.
I got my exercise back and my professor had been brutal with her comments have given me a grade of check-minus. Which is the equivalent of failing. And I was super upset. I wasn’t angry at her, but angry at myself that I could produce something that has nothing going for it at all.
So I worked really hard on the revision and put more time into my second exercise and also for my full story that was workshopped today.
Still, I was really, really nervous to get everything back from my professor today.
But on my revision she gave me a B, which is a HUGE improvement from failing. My second exercise got a check-plus, her equivalent of “excellent.”
The big thing was my workshop piece. It was probably the only workshop I’ve had where my piece didn’t get completely ripped apart, which was surprising. My professor seemed to genuinely like it, so I read her comments right away when she gave them to me.
She told me, in her words, that it was “one of the best stories she had ever read” and she “felt like she was reading a published work.”
Seriously, this is a big deal. I went from “There really isn’t anything constructive about this story” to “This is fantastic and all I have is love” in the span of two weeks.
Writing is such a roller coaster of a life choice.