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Off-Topic: College Applications Rant

Hello readers! Welcome to my current state of crazy.

Writing has taken a back-burner this summer as my wonderful, crazy kiddios are home from school. I try to get some writing done. Truly I do, but it’s like they have a sixth sense whenever I open up the laptop. With swimming, playdates, football practices, wrestling practices, and other pre-teen to teen related activites, it’s been downright mind-blowing how I haven’t found time to finish Book 3 of the Greylyn the Guardian Angel series.

This week starts a whole new chapter in “not getting it done” regarding my writing. My oldest son started the college application process. Sounds simple, right? WRONG! Nothing is simple about applying for college.

Let’s take into account, his grades may not be the best. He’s incredibly smart. Just a little problem with motivation those first two years of high school. Add to that, the school guidance counselors set up students accounts on various state websites to “help” students send their transcripts, SAT scores, ACT scores, etc. without having to annoy the counselors with endless requests. I completely understand. I do. But, no one gave us parents the account information and getting Mr. Senior Student to recall this information is beyond impossible. He claims to never having seen the website EVER. So, now we’re back to annoying the guidance counselor in order to obtain this stuff.

And thus, my annoyance factor has quadrupled. Instead of writing my lovely novel, I am overwhelmed with college application stuff. And I’m not the one needing to go to college. I did my time (B.S. and MBA) back when applications weren’t online. You had to mail the forms in, with a check. I don’t recall having to pay for transcripts or additional ACT or SAT reports to be sent to colleges. Somehow, without the internet I applied to colleges, received acceptances, and managed the entire college orientation process (including obtaining scholarships). Applying online sounds easier, right? Not so much.

What does this mean for you, the reader at large? Nothing, except our heroine Greylyn is stuck in Hell (Book 3) for awhile longer and the series will not be published any sooner. And I just needed to vent a little.

My recommendations for those with soon-to-be college age kids…Before they sprint out of the school at the end of their junior year, make sure they have all their ducks in a row — CFNC log on information, log on information, common application log on information, a current copy of their transcript (detailed), and the guidance counselor on speed-dial.

Any readers out there with additional suggestions, please pipe up. It’s not even August, and I foresee a long senior year ahead.



PS: I am excited to announce that I will have a short story (romance) being published this fall in The Bowman’s Inn Anthology. It’s romance with a splash of supernatural elements. Lots of fantastic romance authors have contributed to this anthology series, so please check it out.

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