I met with the director of my graduate program earlier this week. I was really worried about my physical limitations, but everything seemed to be OK. The nerve in my hip was pinched last night, which made sleeping a little difficult. I think if I had taken the time to stretch a few times, it wouldn't have been so bad. I will definitely do that next time after I get home from class.
I got my admission date bumped up and start class in two Saturdays. Yikes.
The director said one thing I want to share today: I need to make all of the assignments relevant for me.
I'm writing historical fiction set in Appalachia between 1830 and 1941. If I write a research paper, I should write about that time period. Same with compositions or work for the creative non-fiction class.
It is my responsibility to make all the work I do relevant for me.
This morning I read Matthew MacNish's perhaps premature post for the A-Z Challenge and had an epiphany. I will A-Z about the time period I'm writing in. (Yes, I just used A-Z as if it were a verb.) My posts will be snippets about the history, the people, the coal mine towns, the culture, how they lived, what their limitations were.
I wasn't going to do A-Z this year because I need to work on my novels. But if I make the challenge relevant to my fiction writing and what I'm doing in class, it's definitely worth doing.
Are you A-Zing this year? Are you thinking about a theme already?