In which Leinad graduates from high school

On Tuesday, Leinad walked into a large, brick church building and sat down on an old sofa in the foyer. He waited around for a while, glancing briefly over a sheet of paper with some scribbled facts about Mexico City’s pollution and crown-of-thorns starfish, before standing up to chat nervously with a young man in a bow-tie. Presently, an elderly man entered the foyer and ushered the two young men into the large church hall, which was filled with desks — all empty, except for two which had booklets reading “2014 HSC Geography Exam” lying on them.

The two young men sat, nervously emptied their pencil-cases as the old man intoned the malpractice warning, and then tensed, ready to begin.

Three hours and five minutes later, having filled in 20 multiple choice bubbles, answered four sets of short-answer questions, and written eleven pages worth of essays, Leinad straightened up. As he walked out of the church hall into the bright, spring day, he was filled with one sublime thought: he was done with school forever. The only thing preventing him from skipping down the street was his backpack, filled to bursting with books to be returned to school.

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I have, of course, been very busy with study and exams — and more study, and more exams — for quite some time. Two years ago, I quit homeschooling and started studying in the public school system by a distance. Though I was fortunate to have excellent teachers and classmates, and I learnt a lot of things, the sharp increase in workload kept me from regular blogging and recreational fiction-writing for quite some time.

But now it is over! After a hectic three and a half weeks, in which I sat 18 hours worth of exams (and wrote about 86 pages of essays, 18 pages of short answers, 20 pages of Maths working, and filled in 57 multiple choice bubbles), I am free. Just in time to catch the second half of NaNo WriMo!

As I write this post, I am on the plane home from my exams (I had to travel a fair way to sit them). Earlier in the flight, I began my NaNo Novel. It’s the first novel I’m writing since 2011, and I daresay my skills in writing long fiction have grown rusty (if I ever had them), but I am eagerly taking on the challenge. My hope is that by the time I start University in mid-February, I will have written and polished my first ever high-quality novel.

But I won’t bore you by blathering on about my life. I’m writing this because I’m so relieved and happy to done with school (and because I can’t seem to sleep on this flight). But you shouldn’t be relieved and happy. Your NaNo Novel is calling you. You should be writing.

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About Leinad

Leinad, also known as Keras the Unknown (Keras for short), also known as Thevarul, is an MK who likes to run, read, write and play board-games.

Posted on November 12, 2014, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. YAY!!! Congratulations, Leinad!

  2. Congratulations (a little late)! That is quite a lot of essay pages and relatively very few multiple-choice…

    Have fun with your NaNo novel. Mine is calling to me. I should be writing. (Actually, I’m about to eat my dinner, but still.)

  3. Thanks, Amanda! It is a somewhat lopsided ratio, largely because I have got good at writing essays pretty fast (I need to, because it takes me twice as many words to communicate the same thought, as compared with everyone else).

    And thanks. The novel is coming along quite slowly though — it’s a little bit too experimental, and thus challenging (I underestimated how difficult it would be to tell the story from the point of view of a ghost). I hope you’re having fun with yours 🙂

  4. *jaw drops* That is an incredible amount of essay-work. I commend your for surviving your exams. 😀 And congratulations on graduating! That’s definitely a huge accomplishment, and now you get to move onto wherever God will take you! 🙂

    I’m not doing NaNo, but the story I’m supposed to be editing is giving me that look. 😀

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