• Thomas Gaffney

Almost done

It's been a hot minute since I last blogged. Been busy with school and work and writing. But I don't have any homework to do tonight, and the short story I'm working on needs to marinate some more, so I figured I would type up a new post.

I have two weeks left of undergrad classes. To be honest, my only concern is making sure I graduate and get my official transcripts to Emerson by their due date. Today, I got a grade on a LIT-201 discussion post that guaranteed the lowest grade I can get is a C- for the class. In my second class, the lowest grade I can get (at the moment) is a D. I think that would count as "passing" but I'm not certain. I want to pull both grades up to Cs, and then I'm done putting in effort. My overall GPA can take a down semester and I've already been accepted to my #1 choice in MFA programs so I will be packing it in and getting myself mentally prepared for grad school. The wife and I have talked about going up to SNHU for commencement in the fall—if they go back to having it in-person and not virtual.

But in the meantime, I want to get back to writing, learning about publishing, and being part of a critiquing workshop again. I know I'll be busy beyond belief with my Emerson classes, but I want to start. My short stories are keeping me busy, I want to begin my novel. To sit down and seriously plot, outline, and begin something I want to try to sell. I'm chomping at the bit to get better and pour my time and energy into it.

The short stories are going well, however. I managed to find a place for HOUSE to be published—and that makes all four short stories written for SNHU purchased and published. HOUSE will be published this coming Tuesday (June 15th, 2021) on Tales from the EekZine. I really don't have too much else to write—part of the reason I haven't blogged in a while. I've been working on edits of DRIP, SICK, and BUGS (more short stories for my upcoming collection). And I just started the first draft of something I'm calling PLANE. I'm not in love with PLANE at the moment (it's the one that needs to marinate more), and I'm not really sure where I'm taking it. I'll probably throw stuff at the wall and see what sticks once I'm done here.

Keep writing!

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