Going back to school in my mid forties was a challenge. Maintaining a business and working a 40 hour plus week, plus full time classes seemed like an up hill battle, but I was determined to do it. As a history major, there is a load of reading and paper writing the accompanies your classes. Along with research and outlines, you must learn to write with an eye towards the analytical and argumentative, especially as a student aimed at obtaining a PhD. In accordance with the required dressing of a CV Resume, you also strive to submit articles to history periodicals and journals, as well as presenting papers at history conferences. Writing and research become your second life, next to the life as a student.
It was during the first semester that I was also finishing up Book One of my series.
I can honestly say that going back and re-reading the manuscript before I came back to school made me ill. My writing pretty much sucked. I used to be very eloquent and artful with my words back in youthful days when I wrote alot. But when you do not use your talent, it grows tarnished. History became my writing tool as I delved back into school work and writing papers.
I was blessed to find myself amidst three wonder History professors who helped me shine off the dullness. Dr. Thomas Stearns, Dr. Natalia Starostina and Dr. Matthew Byron here at Young Harris College are very kind to their pupils, but they push for excellance, in a polite, but demanding way and make you believe its for your own good. It is the push that has helped me pick up the pace in polishing my skill. I can certainly tell a difference in my writing.
It took me a semester to go back over Book One to re-create the chapters. I had my boyfriend review it, as well as my son who was in boot camp down in Ft. Benning, Georgia. (I sent him a couple of Chapters at a time with his letters.) He is a much better writer than I, and if it passed his examination, then I know I succeeded in getting to where it needed to be for publication.
While teaching History is my career objective, writing is my passion. With preparing History papers and articles, it is the tool I need to help bring out the skill I once possessed.
Book Two is shaping up pretty well. I was very excited as I did some additional research on the Formorian connection in the book to find some other interesting things as I studied the theory of Atlantis. I ran across a book by Frank Joseph called “The Atlantis Encyclopedia.” What was fascinating to me was some other connections I discovered.