Friday, 25 January 2019

Life After Masters

Last week I graduated. De Montfort Hall looked amazing. We all looked amazing. The University of Leicester did us proud.

I had been dreading Graduation Day - all that fuss, all that pomp and tradition. What if the gown didn't fit? What if I tripped as I walked across the stage? But then I woke up at 5 am and I was no longer anxious. I was looking forward to it. I was going to enjoy every minute, not least seeing Daughter who was travelling up by train for the day.

Now it's all over. I have my certificate for my MA. I have my Waddington Award for best dissertation and my G. S. Fraser award for poetry. But there is a void. I want a deadline for an assignment. I want the preparation for a seminar. I want the coffee and chat in the Student Union cafe. It will take a while before I stop missing all those things.

Its not as if I've been doing nothing since I finished the MA. I've sent out some poetry - three poems accepted so far this year and there are more out there being considered. What I should be doing is transforming my stage play from a dissertation to a submittable script. I worked really hard on that play, was thrilled to get an award for it, so why can't I just get on with editing and submitting? It's based on a true event from 1935 London. I became very attached to the characters, both the real ones and my fictional protagonist. Maybe I'm afraid that it will be rejected. Maybe I need a bit more time to ruminate. Maybe I should stop writing this blog post and just get on with it...

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  1. Well done you and you do look amazing. Looking forward to your new piece.

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  2. Congrats. I enjoyed this post and your Facebook posts. You should smile big and be very proud. I always love reading your blog and do keep us apprised of your work - progress on the play, etc. And extra congrats on throwing your poetry into the world. Show links when goodies get published. Happy 2019!

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    1. I hadn't thought of blogging the links for poetry publications. I'll do that later this week. Thanks for the suggestion, Joanne.

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  3. Hi Ros - amazing achievement ... things will come together - just time as life mulls its way so it's right for you to get on with ... I've a link I want to send you - when I refind it! ... But so many congratulations on your success ... and lovely you had your daughter with you ... all the best for 2019 - another successful year ahead I feel - cheers Hilary

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    1. Thanks, Hilary. Do send the link. I look forward to receiving it.

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