So next month I’ll be starting my Open University course studying English Literature and Creative Writing (a slight but I feel important course correction if you forgive the pun!); I wrote previously about how I came about deciding to embark on this endeavour and fair to say I’m both excited and extremely nervous but it’s something I want to put my all into.
Seeing as this website has been a pretty effective vehicle in hosting my writing and being a cart onto which to load my thoughts about writing (and, yes, the eventual, intangible realisation that writing is something I want to do professionally) I figured it would be only fair to say how my studies will affect the output you see here.
While my studies are going to be a priority for my free time, I’m definitely aiming to keep the publication of short stories and project updates as business-as-usual as possible; I’ll try to put up a new short story once a month or thereabouts. I’m also aiming to chronicle my journey through the Open University with monthly posts. (Like my website updates; these’ll probably fall into the category of “academic updates”)
Certainly, disappearing into a bunker for the duration is an option but one I don’t want to pursue. Studying doesn’t mean giving up my hobbies and pursuits; indeed, the former would never have happened without the latter and working on my ‘casual’ writing projects is as important to me as my studies. I’m studying to professionalise my talent and make my work better! Also, I feel maintaining a foothold in my other pursuits is important for giving me a bit of variety – burnout is not something I want to experience!