The title is from the Robert Burns poem “To a Mouse, on Turning Her Up in Her Nest with the Plough” written in 1785.
I’m so behind on this blog but that’s okay.
There are a few changes to life and that impacts what I can do. It’s great to have a plan. Don’t stick it it.
Rather, treat the plan as a working document. Adjust it as needed and it will serve you well. There are so many things that we have no or little control over that impact what we do that when those things in life happen it’s just part of life. Life happens.
The original plans for classes were fine and robust. Because I took 2 (or crazily enough) 3 classes each semester I had a good plan in place for finishing sometime this year. A few things happened. I decided to take a couple months off from shooting and reevaluated my life and work again. I’m shifting my product mix which means going after different customers. This in turn requires more and different marketing. The studio I’m building is getting more attention and I’m making a lot less money.
Just before the beginning of the semester I reevaluated my school-work-life mix. I needed 3 more classes to graduate. Two of them are electives and then there is the thesis prep class. Thesis prep is only taught in the long semesters (fall and spring). I could take two classes in the fall then my final class in spring of 2014. I turned this option down as I was and am reinventing my business so two classes on top of a heavier business requirements was too much work to anything well.
Another option would have me taking one class in the fall and then two in the spring. Springtime in Austin brings us SXSW, I’ve almost committed to volunteering as a photographer to the festival (in prior years I was being paid to cover it for various media outlets), so between teaching a couple of classes, taking out a lot of time for SXSW and taking an elective class plus my thesis preparation and presentation is a recipe for disaster.
Still another option is to take one class each semester with my thesis work completed in Fall of 2014. The problem with this option: If (big IF) I am looking for a full-time tenured-track teaching position most of these positions open up about now and applications are due around the start of 2014 for a Fall 2014 appointment. These positions typically require that the applicant have a completed MFA before they start teaching. I won’t qualify.
Then, Fall 2014 is a year away and there is a lot of life to live. The last option is the current plan.
“And forward, though I cannot see,
I guess and fear!” – R. Burns.