Alvy Singer:Yeah, why not, because we're just gonna go home later, right, and then there's gonna be all that tension, we've never kissed before and I'll never know when to make the right move or anything. So we'll kiss now and get it over with, and then we'll go eat. We'll digest our food better.
“In our twenties, when there is still so much time ahead of us, time that seems ample for a hundred indecisions, for a hundred visions and revisions—we draw a card, and we must decide right then and there whether to keep that card and discard the next, or discard the first card and keep the second. And before we know it, the deck has been played out and the decisions we have just made will shape our lives for decades to come.”—Amor Towles
The process of writing my thesis has been exciting, grueling, rewarding. And it’s not completely done yet… However, as with much of the process of creative writing, it has also been solitary. I am incredibly happy that I picked the thesis committee I did, and that they were all from the same department, so that the four of us were able to have an illuminating conversation about my writing. The only person to have seen my collection all year was Danit, and it was nice to hear feedback—good and bad—from two of the most influential professors in my undergraduate career. It was great to hear them say that not only was the collection sound in technique, but also a joy to read. I still don’t quite know if I have the skill set necessary to publish a novel, but it was incredibly moving to hear them say that my passion for writing is evident in the finished product. I can count on my one hand the number of people who will actually read my entire thesis, but to know that they did—and found evidence of my ability—means a whole hell of a lot to me. And you know what—it was even nice to hear them tell me about what they want me to work on in the future. If I have learned anything in the Creative Writing program here it is to listen closely to criticism.
I am just glad that last year I recognized that writing a thesis, while demanding, would be the perfect capstone to my undergraduate career.
“… we’re not involved in a ‘relationship’, you and I, we’re involved in a collision. Collisions don’t much lend themselves to secure futures, but the act of colliding is hard to beat for interest.”—Tom Robbins