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A list for the future

I made a list of short-term goals in order to make the next few years fall into place (assuming, of course, my goals don't change, as they are apt to do).

1. finish editing first NaNoWriMo 2009 novel
* This may involve at least one more rewrite. Beta readers at some point would also be a good thing.
* research agents and publishers; start submitting
2. Start the Wiki of Doom1
* research wiki possibilities
* Register domain name
* Write documentation
* Write enough articles to give newbies an idea of where to start
* Figure out how to limit editing privileges
3. Do Blogathon (31 July 2009), likely for the Office of Letters and Light (they're a registered nonprofit, you know!)
* This will be at SWAT. Speaking of which, my domain name renewal is coming up next month.
4. Find a job after my temporary job ends
5. Look at master's degree programs
* No, I don't want a Ph.D. Not yet, at least. A lot of math programs in the US are Ph.D.-focused, and as such it can be harder to get funding for just a master's program. Another point for going abroad. On the other hand, actually getting into a school as an international student could be difficult, as I don't have stellar grades but could make up for it. Non-US folks, this is your chance to sell me on the country of your choice.
6. Study for GREs, both general and subject. Take them in October or thereabouts. Get the highest score I can possibly get.
* I'll have to take the subject GRE in October or November since it's offered only three times a year, and no way in hell am I taking it in November.
7. Write. Create. Read.

There. Now you folks can hold me accountable for stuff. That's much more fun than doing it alone, isn't it? I have a handwritten list containing the main points of this entry as well. As soon as I get up and find some tape, it's getting taped to my desk.

1Wiki may or may not contain actual doom.

OH OH OH. You need to watch this episode of South Park right now for everything that's wrong with Facebook. DO IT.

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reiknight
Apr. 10th, 2010 04:35 am (UTC)
The universities in Australia seem to like having international students. The one nearest where I live has quite a few international attendees, mainly from Asia.
sushimustwrite
Apr. 10th, 2010 06:47 pm (UTC)
I've gotten that impression from quite a few schools, though I haven't had a chance to dig too deeply into Australia's universities yet. Hooray!
magiuspendragon
Apr. 10th, 2010 11:08 am (UTC)
1) *waves hand* I've been wanting to read this one since you started.
2) http://www.wikimatrix.org/ + wikipedia landed me on my choice (apparently parts of the university use it too). DOcumentation is often included, and most wiki's can limit editing privilages (mine uses ACLs - Access Control Lists, for a keyword to start with).
3,4) Good luck :)
5) THey don't like you to know this, but most programs have a facility where you apply as a ph.d candidate, so they fund you, and then you leave w/ your masters. Obviously you have to be a little careful not to piss off your advisor, but it's a possibility to keep in mind. Alternitivley, when I was in Scotland, they said they were looking to import more tech students from other places. Best city I've been to so far :p
6) Math general will be easy for you, because it's the same as the SAT II's if you took them, or SAT 1 + trig. Math subject will probably take some studying, but check the schools your considering, not all require them (and some that do don't look at them). Writing portion shouldn't be bad for you, and Language just requires finding the right vocab list. You read/write enough you should be fine.
7) Horray :D
sushimustwrite
Apr. 10th, 2010 06:58 pm (UTC)
1. I know! I've just been lazy. :P
2. I've been using Wikimatrix. The big thing is linking the wiki so only members of a given site can edit. This may mean jumping through some hoops and other authorization issues but somehow keeping it secure so neither account gets compromised.
3,4. Thanks. :)
5. I've heard that and have considered it. It's on my list of options.
6. I didn't take any SAT II's, but I'm trying to get the highest score I can on the general. I'm also taking the subject test anyway because someone will want it, and it may bolster my application given my less-than-stellar grades. My last two years were great socially but not so great academically, even though I took just about all the math that the most hardcore graduating seniors had taken by the end of my junior year.
7. :D
magiuspendragon
Apr. 13th, 2010 11:48 am (UTC)
2) A quick search turned up some info on how to do it on mediawiki. It basically invovles rewriting the authentication in PHP though.
6) Consider not releaseing the subject tests to universites until you know what the score is. This is made trickier by the fact that you didn't take it last weekend, since it's only offered 2-3 times a year. If they dont' require it and you don't do amazing, it's a mark against you.
crookedfingers
Apr. 10th, 2010 12:18 pm (UTC)
Write.Create.Read.
I have read many biographies about writers-every writer has to spend years of writing-it is hard work-keep writing-keep creating-keep reading-hopefully some day one of your books will be published-peace
sushimustwrite
Apr. 10th, 2010 06:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Write.Create.Read.
You really do have to throw a lot of junk on paper before finding something worth keeping. Thanks.
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