First and foremost, I would like to apologize for my lack of content lately. Due to unforeseen circumstances, my blog fell to the bottom of my To Do list. For this, I sincerely apologize.
However, I would like to offer you an explanation for my Absenteeism:
First, I’ve been tossed into the line for a promotion at work. This is fantastic news as it would allow me a more flexible schedule and a significant raise. In an effort to obtain that promotion, I’ve been busting my butt to make an impression on the eBay Powers-That-Be. As you can imagine, that takes up a good portion of my free time!
I have also been working on books 2 and 3 in The United Series while I wait for my last beta reader to get her notes back to me for the first book in the series. I’ve got a lot to do before my December 1st release date! (Yes, this is the official announcement of the release date!)
Yesterday, I got a letter in the mail from my school. While this is nothing out of the ordinary, it does give a little bit of insight as to why my blog has been a little stagnant over the last few months. I pulled the envelope out of my mailbox and, assuming that it was a letter letting me know that the financial aid office was missing yet another piece of paperwork that would end up being vital to my continued education, I opened it post-haste. The piece of paper that I removed from that envelope knocked me on my butt and moved me to tears:
Congratulations! President Cythia Bioteau and Academic & Career Adivising are pleased to announce that your outstanding academic performance in Spring 2013 has earned you a place on the President’s List. The effort you put forth to earn the grades necessary for this recognition is commendable.
This selection is based on the completion of at least 15 graded credits, while earning a grade point average of 3.8 or above. This accomplishment is a source of shared satisfaction – the pleasure we feel in your outstanding scholarship in our college and the pride you must feel in your own success.
We hope the certificate below will have meaning to you and that you will continue your hard work. We are proud of your achievement and wish you continued success.
Sonia Parker, Director
Academic & Career Advising”
Needless to say, I was floored. The highest my GPA ever reached in Junior High and High School was 1.6 so this is a HUGE accomplishment for me and has sparked my desire to remain on this list and graduate with High Honors. As you can imagine, this requires a lot of time and devotion to attending classes and doing mountains of homework.
Now, a lot of you might be saying, “You wrote a blog to tell us that you’ve been busy?” The answer to that is both yes and no. You all took enough interest in my blog to follow me, so at the very least you deserve an explanation for my lack of faithful posting. More importantly, though, is the example that I hope this provides. I have suddenly become the poster child for the phrase “You can do anything you put your mind to.” and I sincerely hope that SOMEONE walks away thinking, “Hell, if HE can do it, so can I!”
I want to take this time to assure you that my blog will be moved up my priority list and I will make a conscious effort to continue to provide high quality information as my adventures in the industry continue forward. Stay tuned for more inspiration and advice!
As always, happy writing!
Not a single one of you submitted any pieces to me for my Free Publicity! Every Week Even! post… So I think I am going to change it up a little next week, so make sure you keep your eye out for that update!