Monday, August 18, 2014

Warning: Change Ahead

As most of you know, my life completely changed about a year ago. My then-husband left me, I had to sell my dream house (which I'm not complaining about - too much. After all, I got to live in my dream house for 10 years, and how many people ever get that opportunity?), and I moved into my own place. All of these things tossed me head-over-heels out of my comfort zone, and if I love anything, it's my comfort zone. I'm not someone who easily ventures into the unknown (which explains why I waited so long to publish a book).

And so I made the decision, after stagnating for several months, that since my life changed, I may as well change with it. I chopped off my long, blonde hair (which I've had my whole life) and dyed it dark, and even more frightening, I decided to go back to school.

Blonde vs. Brunette

I married young and only attended a tech school after graduating high school, and didn't ever attend college. But now, the opportunity has presented itself for me to return to college and I'm terrified. Not only because it's been . . . well, let's just say a long time since I've sat in a classroom, but also because it's far, far outside my comfort zone. I'm going to be the "old" lady in a class full of fresh-out-of-school kids. I'm going to be applying myself in classes, learning graphic design which, though I do know a little about it, is still foreign to me. 

Why graphic design? Why not writing? Because I think if I take writing classes, it will change the way I write, and I don't want that to happen. I like the way I write, and while many might think it can use some improvement, I don't want it to change that drastically. I'm learning better technique all the time, so hopefully my writing is improving, but I don't want to suddenly sound like someone else.

Graphic design will help me improve my cover design, as well as all of the other things I design for my writing and for my company that I co-own with Sherry Gammon, Creative Prose Publishing: my website, banners, bookmarks, headers, CPP author's covers, etc. And, if I can work independently on the side and earn enough to keep writing as much as I'd like, then yay me! 

I'll post occasionally and keep you apprised of my Adventures in a College Education. Stay tuned, and wish me luck!


  1. You'll be great. Congratulations on the new adventure.

  2. I love the new hair. You look beautiful! So excited for your new experiences. Instead of moping, you're moving on and doing exciting things. You're an inspiration!

  3. Good luck, Cindy. You'll give those young bucks a run for their money. :)