One of the reasons I decided to go to university in Germany – as opposed to the States – is that German universities are much easier to get into – not to mention way cheaper. However, getting out is so much harder. Yesterday I turned in my bachelor thesis. I can’t believe I spent four months writing it. So much happened during that time.
▪ NaNoWriMo. A non-writer friend saw that I was going to participate and she said, “Oh, is that for your thesis?” Me, “Nope.” I wrote 50k for a contemporary fiction novel. The story has a lot of issues, but I really enjoyed some of its elements that I might develop and use someday.
▪ Christmas and New Year. Christmas break was the best time ever. I didn’t work on my thesis at all. Instead, I wrote the first draft of Hidden People.
▪ Blogging. I got back into blogging. During November, I met great people in the writing community on Twitter and such. I thought it would be over after NaNo. But I have connected with a lot of great writers.
Oh yeah, and I wrote a thesis.
▪ Libraries. Twice a week, a fellow student and I visited libraries across Berlin and each wrote our theses. I couldn’t have done it without the company. Sitting next to each other kept us focused on our work.
▪ Hysteria. Yeah, towards the end it got a little freaky. I started talking to myself a lot – pep talking and stuff. Once, I started laughing at myself. And I couldn’t stop laughing so the people around me starting questioning my sanity. I am surprised I didn’t shed a single tear for my thesis throughout the whole four months! Hardcore woman here.
▪ Working at night. I don’t know why my prime time is between 10 p.m. and 2 in the morning. I got most of work done then. (Are you a night or day worker?)
▪ Finishing. I am still very nervous about formal mistakes or typos or formatting issues in my thesis. Otherwise, I feel so great about having completed it. Yes, I finished the night before it was due; but I didn’t feel like I was rushed or under a whole lot of time pressure. I don’t think I’ll ever forget sitting on my bed with laptop and iPad, reading the pages, editing mistakes, chatting with Chris until finally finishing at 3 a.m.
And now real life starts and I have to think about getting a job and such.
Er, let’s not think about it.
What’s the biggest/most important project you have ever completed?