Saturday, June 22, 2013

348. Holy...


I won...

First place in the national League for Innovation category for literary fiction. Apparently me and one other person tied, I don't know the full details. I won. I don't care.

It is, I'm not joking, the most surreal thing that has ever happened to me...ever.

Leda & the Swan is going to be published in a literary magazine that I have been assured I will receive *at least* 5 copies of, and I won $500.


Yeah, so um, stuff. I sincerely feel like I just ripped off a convenience store for a largish sum of money. Like I snagged whatever was in the till and just took off running down the street. No blood, sweat, or tears. Nothing truly earned, I just won.

I can't wrap my head around it. These sorts of things do not just happen. Not to people like me.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

347. Freak Out

Just as I was feeling much more relaxed about life financially, I decided to talk to the transfer counselor at UMSL on Monday. Apparently, should I choose to double major as I intended, it will take me four years to complete my bachelor's on top of the work I'll have already done on my Associate's, and that's if I go full time. If I try to work and go part time, I will pretty much never graduate.

I sat down and tried to do a little math to figure out how much money I would need to live on annually, should I go to school full time and either not work, or work very minimally. It's about $16,000 a year with bills/rent/food/etc. Tack that onto whatever tuition I'm paying, minus any scholarships I might qualify for, and I think that four years of full time school without a job may run up a student loan debt close to $80-100 grand.


Panicking right now.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

346. AHHHHH!!!


After 6 months of waiting on the bank, the refinance is done. I checked my bank account this morning, and the mortgage is gone! I'm freeeee!!!