Recently there have been a few developments in the school/career part of my life. I thought I'd share them.
1. I am officially part of the Honors program at the U. The English Honors adviser has suggested that I start getting ready for my Summa Thesis if I want to do that, and I'm in the GPA range that I need to be in for that to be a possibility. The summa thesis is a 40-50 page paper that is written over two semesters, is supposed to deeply researched, and has to be advised, read, edited and approved by three faculty members, two from the English department and one from a different department. I have an idea for it, I'd like to do a study on female characters in literature who take on supposedly male characteristics while still remaining feminine and being viewed positively. I'm hoping to include a lot of historical information about the ideas of true womanhood and manliness during different periods of history, and I'd be particularly interested if a particular female character helped change the idea of ideal womanhood for the culture it was written for. I've talked to two professors about being possible advisors and they both seem interested and willing to help. That is to say, this is cool and really interesting, and there is a book cave in my future.
2. The other day my dad had lunch with an old friend who is a literary agent for Christian authors. He's the agent for Chuck Swindol and that set. Dad mentioned my latest book to him, and the guy asked if I had representation (an agent of my very own). He went on to tell Dad that he's expanding his market since Christian fiction is tanking pretty hard (I'm shocked, truly shocked), and if I had a nice clean copy of the book he'd like to look at it. This is actually a really big opportunity, so if you're the praying kind, please pray that he loves the book and immediately thinks of a prominent publishing company that would love it too.
3. Yesterday I found out about this organization called HECUA (it stands for something, but I'm not going to remember what it is), it's a social justice organization that does classes and internships that count for credit at several universities including mine. I heard this presentation about it, and the guy just briefly mentioned one branch of the program called "Writing for Social Change", which sounded like it had my name all over it. It does actually have my name all over it. It's a semester long internship that coincides with four classes (read, won't be taking or doing anything else that semester), and the internship can take place at several different presses, publishing companies, or booksellers. I know the American Women's Press is on the list, which excites me. I might have to give up my history major or take an extra semester, but unless there's another shoe somewhere it'd totally be worth it.