Busy busy

So I haven’t been posting here like I’d like to. I know there are a couple of you out there that actually miss it—and you do my ego good, so thanks. It isn’t that I don’t want to post, it’s just that I’ve barely had the chance to even breathe.

Let me catch you up!

For the last year and a half, I’ve been “commuting” back and forth from Mississippi to Orlando, Florida, where I’m a Creative Writing instructor at Full Sail University. Lots of reasons for the commute, but the main one has been our house in Oxford has yet to sell. Yeah, I know—frustrating. In fact, as I write this, it still hasn’t sold (anyone need a nice house out in the suburbs of the county in Oxford?). But, since Brittany is graduating from high school, we’ve decided to suck it up, make the move, and trust God to take care of it (hope He’s listening right now!).

Still, it’s pretty scary.

I’ve been losing about a day and a half each week of my schedule to travel. Driving is about 12-13 hours (depending on whether I’m traveling east or west…and how many stops I have to make) and I lose about a half day just recuperating. Which means I have to make incredible use of the remaining days. Those of you with families know how challenging that can be sometimes.

Of course, when I can, I squeeze in writing time. I know I promised at the new year that I’d give you some updates—and they’re coming soon, promise. I should have some cool art to show you soon! The other thing is that I just got a top secret graphic novel writing gig—sorry, I can’t talk about it yet even though I want to! I promise I’ll spill the beans when they let me. While that’s great news—it is!—the publisher wants the script YESTERDAY. EEEK!

On top of that, I’m making a move from teaching in the MFA program to the BFA program. I’m excited as anything to be making the shift. Why, you ask? Because I’m getting to teach Writing For Comics and Animation. I mean, HOW COOL IS THAT?

Yep, it’s cool…but here’s the downside: the class is running NOW! I’m barely staying one step ahead of the class with lectures. I don’t EVEN want to talk about grading yet. The good news is that come June, the material will be written for the next class that comes in…I’ll have the opportunity to spell check and work out some bugs with the next class…I trust. I just hope this first class, who know they’re the inaugural class, will be forgiving of all the bumps in the road.

So. There it is…in a nutshell. Thanks for sticking with me…I hope to get back to some semblance of “normal” mid-to-late summer.

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10 responses to “Busy busy

  1. Bless your heart! I know it has been hard work, but it sounds like it’s coming to fruition. We’ll miss you! (Not like we get to see you anyway.)

    • The fact that I’m NOT driving back and forth to Mississippi has helped to regain SOME semblance of normality back in my life…now once we get out of this little apartment, I think it’ll be better! I miss y’all, too! I always wished Byhalia was just a little bit closer to Oxford. :\

  2. ChrisH

    Congrats! Even though you won’t/can’t tell WHAT, if you’re excited, we’re excited for you!

  3. Zola

    Thanks for the update. I, for one, enjoy your blog. Hang in there on the house sale. That’s a tough one; it happened to us once. So glad for you regarding the class and the graphic novel writing gig! Congrats!

    • I’m glad to hear it. I’ll definitely keep it going. Comments like this help keep the spirits up! God sent us a renter for the house, so we’ve got a reprieve. Good family and they’ll be there a bit. And I’m LOVING the class! Perfect class for me! 🙂

  4. Wow! You’re taking a huge leap of faith, but I completely understand the frustrations that come with selling a house as ours has been on the market since January and–nothing! Good luck and I’ll keep you in my prayers.

  5. Congrats on the exciting change- the MFA program loss is most certainly the BFA’s gain. I can honestly say that you’ve given me a rounded out passion for all forms of multi-media story telling- graphic novels / comics weren’t even a consideration but now are an exciting possibility.

    I’m sure He is listening, at each and every moment. God bless you for keeping your daughter’s life stable at this critical point. My wife changed school’s her last year and it was not easy to say the least.

    Great to hear exciting things are on the way! Can’t wait to find out!

    • Tis very kind of you to say, sir. Thanks for taking the time to do so. He IS indeed listening…and it is refreshing to get those little reminders that He is (like sending a renter our way!). Keep posted!

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