Ah, hell. I’ve been thinking about this forever. If not now, then when? There’s only me stopping me now.
I haven’t written in a while. “A while” is an understatement. It’s been over a year — 16 months, to be exact. Some of you probably thought me dead. You certainly thought my blog dead. For all intents and purposes, I guess it was.
But I was not dead — far from it. The irony of my last post does not escape me. I really had hoped to start blogging again, but truthfully, I knew I wasn’t ready. I was on a roller coaster and the end was far from sight.
But things have settled down now — some. I’m in a new town in a new home with new things in front of me. I’ve just started graduate school at the University of Tennessee (UTK) in Knoxville. I’m working on my masters in Rhetoric, Writing, and Linguistics (RWL) so that someday I can teach and write again — for real. I’m also continuing to work for my job in California. I wasn’t meant to be a tech writer, but the Water Agency is an important organization powered by amazing people. I learned so much there, and I’m blessed to be able to work remotely among them.
Why Tennessee? you might ask, to which I’d reply, “Have you been to Tennessee?” UTK has a great English program and, when I visited the campus, I was overcome by the teachers’ enthusiasm for their profession and field, as well as by their interest in their students. I haven’t known how I want to tailor my degree (RWL is vast, to put it lightly), but they were eager to talk with me and hear about my passions and experiences, and to guide me along my way.
So what does this mean for my blog? Well, first, it means I aim to start writing again. I’ve never been good at writing on schedule, but I’m hoping “beginning again . . . again” will serve as a catalyst for future posts. I’m also hoping blogging still has the power for impact. In today’s day and age, where everything requires sound and video and mobile accessibility to be of interest, it’s hard to imagine how one girl’s words could make much of a difference. A few of you have reached out to me in my silence, though, and shown me that, actually, they can. It is for you (and because of you) that I am in graduate school and writing this post today.