So… I’m finishing up my thesis and preparing to submit it soon. That’s a whole lot off my shoulders. And I’ve decided to take a six month break. Mostly to just enjoy my life and FREEDOM before I plunge myself into the cold, harsh waters of society. And also because I’m not entirely confident in my thesis, so I’m thinking I’ll need that second half of the break to do any amendments. And last of all, I want some time to think about what to do with my life.
First up, I plan to have a short vacation at a beach about an hour’s drive from where I live. I’m planning to go alone to have some me time. My friends tell me that it’s a little “emo”, but eh, I think it will be good for me. I’m going there mostly to get away from the hustle and bustle of life in the city to find some peace and quiet. And to see a sunset at the beach too. Been a long time since I last saw one. And possibly go walk a jungle trial, though that might be a little dangerous, considering I’m alone. Won’t want a 127 hours situation.
Next, I will do a whole lot of writing during this time. I’ll probably never be this free again. I’m planning on doing at least 8,000 words per week, probably more. And I’ll take part in NaNoWriMo too. And I’ll try doing maybe 5,000 words a day on some random days throughout the six month period. I’ll finish up the novel I’m currently writing, probably finish the novella series I wrote for Camp NaNoWriMo too. Barring a major amendment on the thesis, I’ll probably be able to do it. And I’ll need it to, because I’ll be dedicating next year to revising. So I won’t be writing new stuff anytime soon after this.
I’ll also play a ton of games (hello, Final Fantasy 15, I am Setsuna and Pokemon Gen 7). I’ll probably finally finish Final Fantasy X too. Watch a ton of movies, anime and series too. I’m open to recommendations :D. I’ll also have a lot of time to finally dive into some of the big series I’ve been putting off. Malazan and Temeraire being the big two.
And blogging too. Tons of blog posts planned, will work on something for next year too. I might do a Wheel of Time reread, like the ones on Tor.com. Or maybe I’ll just do it for Malazan. Though that will be a read along instead of a reread. I think there would be less of an insight for Malazan, since I’ve not read it before and don’t know anything interesting that could be picked up on like foreshadowing. We’ll see how it goes.
Next comes the part where I get a huge headache. The way I see it, I have three paths set before me. Path A takes me down the workforce, earning a steady pay and working fixed hours. I’ll probably be stuck there until I’m 60. Not a lot of free time. Not an enticing offer, but it’s a stable life and it’s the social norm.
Path B takes me down the path of direct sales. I can’t imagine myself doing that, but a friend has recently offered to take me under her wings and teach me how to do it. It’s a nice job if you’re good at it. Pays handsomely if you’re good at it. The successful ones have plenty of free time on their hands, so plenty of time to write! Key point being if you’re good at it though.
And Path C, I earn a living writing! Yeah… Not gonna happen. And even if does happen, it’s not happening anytime soon. There is another possible path, which is to start a business with a friend. I have some vague plans in this area, but I don’t really consider them to be really feasible and certainly won’t be really sustainable. I’ll have six months to consider this. Whichever path I take, I hope I’ll find the time to write (and revise).