Hey, it’s October!

That means fall colors, cooler weather and white girls with pumpkin spice everything.

I’m buckling down on the off chance that a hurricane hits me this weekend and preparing to go gung-ho over the next 31 days to complete Kraken Mare. I’ve been pretty slack these past few days (been battling a cold that was gifted to me; that will teach me to kiss someone who just got their flu shot) but, if you ask the readers, that never matters. You are a creator — you create, or you starve (unless you have a good paying job to supplement your writing habits). I’ve harped on how hard it is to start writing again once you’ve given yourself a break and how it’s like school in that regard, so I’m not going to do it again.

Speaking of school, I’ve been looking at going back for another degree. Only this time, my goal is to get one that I can actually use in the real world. Penn State University offers a B.S. in Accounting online, which would be very convenient (since I live in Virginia and don’t feel like moving). The downside is the $40,000-$65,000 in student debt I’d accrue (I’m guesstimating because I have no idea how many credits will transfer over). Now, the positive side of this is that I have no student loans at this time (thank you United State Navy!), so debt for a degree that can provide me with a huge potential soon afterwards is not as big of a risk as it would be if I were getting a liberal arts degree. Now, I’m not saying there is anything wrong with a liberal arts degree, but one should not expect to come out of college with an undergraduate degree like that and expect to make much money. I can vouch from past experience on that one.

Don’t worry, this won’t cut into my writing career (I think). This might slow it down a little but considering how slowly I’ve produced this year I don’t think it will be too much. I’ve been talking it over with a few people and outside of the Iberian Accountant/Writer’s Club comments, it seems like a solid plan thus far.

Of course, this all assumes that I stay in Virginia and not move to a state that is a little more… ahh… resident friendly? I miss Kentucky a lot, and I find myself longing for the beaches of the Carolinas on a regular basis. Who knows? I’m still relatively young for an author, and I could go just about anywhere with a B.S. in Accounting, so maybe this is the right thing to do.

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