I've always been a big fan of the word Official. But like in the "Official Secret Decoder Ring" sense.
But today's news is Official, but not in that sense. On Thursday afternoon I got a phone call from the director of the Creative Writing Program at UNM to let me know that I'd been accepted into the MFA (Masters of Fine Arts) for next fall. This was a huge relief for me as I'd been sweating it out.
The next step is to somehow get awarded a teaching assistantship, which means that A.) I won't pay any tuition, B.) I'll get paid about $20K for two semesters, and C.) I'll have health care again. In other words, I'll get paid to get a Masters degree. Of course I will have to teach English to a bunch of college freshmen, but hell. I can do that.