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Begin as you mean to go on.

2010 has been a year of transitions. There have been a lot of changes for me — some good, some bad. I managed to finish my writing degree at Columbia College Chicago. This, of course, is wonderful, a goal that I’ve been working toward for longer than I care to admit. But it’s bittersweet, also. What people don’t realize about writers, I think, is that we spend so much time in imaginary worlds, in front of our computers. Alone. That’s why community is so important. I found a community at Columbia. I’m heartbroken to leave it behind.

I left my job in the summer, which was a good thing. I finished a novel manuscript, which was maybe the highlight of my whole year, no lie. I found out in the fall that I have celiac disease, which meant an immediate and drastic change in the way I eat. No more wheat, barley or rye for me! And to tell you the truth, I feel so, so, so much better that I wouldn’t eat that stuff if you paid me. Again, good and bad — two sides of the same coin.

Changes, changes, changes. I am now to the point where I have to figure out what I want to do with the rest of my life. I’m getting my stuff together to apply to grad school, which I didn’t expect, either.

But like I’ve said before, I don’t do resolutions. I don’t want to spend the rest of being thirty (all two hours of it) thinking about those big and scary choices I am going to have to make. I’m going to watch some Doctor Who with P — another of this year’s wonderful surprises — and at midnight I’ll be right here in front of my computer, writing. Begin as you mean to go on. I’m not superstitious, much, but that one I do believe in.

(originally posted at elizawrites.com)


( 12 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 1st, 2011 04:35 am (UTC)
Happy birthday, baby! Hope you get everything you want out of the new year with your new degree! xoxo
Jan. 1st, 2011 06:22 am (UTC)
Thank you! And happy belated birthday to you!

I hope we can get together soon -- maybe once everything thaws? I'm sorry that I've been MIA lately, but I just got so sick that anything beyond school was out of the question.
Jan. 1st, 2011 06:14 am (UTC)
Happy birthday and congrats on everything. :)
Jan. 1st, 2011 06:22 am (UTC)
Thank you! We definitely have to stay in touch. That sounds like I'm signing your yearbook but I mean it.
Jan. 1st, 2011 07:48 am (UTC)
Your post title makes me think of some lovely 90s-era noise from Aphex Twin.
Jan. 1st, 2011 03:46 pm (UTC)
Congrats on finishing your degree! And Happy birthday! :)
Jan. 1st, 2011 05:48 pm (UTC)
happy birthday and lots of love! hopefully we'll get to see each other sometime this year. :)
Jan. 1st, 2011 08:00 pm (UTC)
Happy Belated Birthday. What wonderful accomplishments!
Jan. 2nd, 2011 07:18 am (UTC)
Belated (I forgot it was after midnight already) Happy Birthday!
Miss seeing you around these parts, Eliza. Congratulations on finishing your degree! :)

Edited at 2011-01-02 07:19 am (UTC)
Jan. 3rd, 2011 06:14 am (UTC)
I love updates. I want to write one, but I'll need to do it when I'm feeling much more able to give myself some credit.
Jan. 4th, 2011 12:39 am (UTC)
Just take 2011 one big and scary choice at a time. :-) And lemme know when you're free to hang out!
Apr. 2nd, 2011 08:37 pm (UTC)
bentley bookstore 336
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