Not sure why I'm even typing this out, but here it goes anyway.
Tomorrow begins my final semester as a graduate student. (Well, technically according to the university's calendar, the semester started this Monday.) Why does it begin tomorrow? From 10am to noon on Saturdays, I get onto GoToMeeting and have my weekly class. I know, I'd rather do something else with my Saturday mornings...SLEEP being the 4 things in my top 5 list. These little class sessions are mostly used to touch-base between peers and the professor, but sometimes the prof will take the time to lecture about something.
As this is my final semester, I will be spending the entirety of it working and completing my thesis. "Thesis." Sounds horrible, doesn't it? Actually, half of it is.
As a Screenwriting student, my thesis composes of two section. Since I'll be doing a TV show instead of a feature-length movie, the first section will be pitching, drafting a full-treatment, and writing the pilot script for said TV show, including other stuff like a series bible and outlines for a couple episodes following the pilot. The second half is an actual research document, a 10-page (thank god! I thought it would be 20+ pages) analysis of comparing my show to existing work.
Back in September/October, I must have consumed 100+ hours of anime. (A little rabbit trail. I'm mostly into the action/fighting anime, but back in those two months, I watched anime I normally wouldn't watch...like the romantic and more character-driven stories.) I don't want to go into full detail about what went into this decision, but I'll be pitching an anime/animation TV show for my thesis.
I started this MFA program in the Fiction track (because I had been an aspiring novelist since the 10th grade) until I realized that I wanted to work in the visual medium; video games, television, graphic novels. After all, I spend more time watching TV shows and playing video games than I do reading books. Plus, and most importantly, I write very much from a visual standpoint--or as I put it as: "I write as if I'm looking at a screen"--so it helps that screenwriting is an art form that what you write must be filmed in some way.
The end of the semester is May 10th, but my last summer residency in the last two weeks of July where I have to arrange a script reading (i.e. "thesis reading") of my thesis script is when I'm actually done.
Lastly, check out my short stories I published with Amazon: The First Lesson
and Tempest Within