A Personal Post

tumblr_n6b9r6MhCw1sfsz49o1_500I just thought I would take the time to say hello to everyone and mention some things I’m doing, not doing, plan on doing —  because I can. I’ve been busy finishing my undergraduate degree in Writing Arts at Rowan University as well as applying to grad school (also at Rowan University). It’s been very hectic completing work for my capstone classes, my senior level classes required for me to graduate, in such a short period of time. I decided to walk at commencement in May and to finish my courses in accelerated classes over the summer. If I could go back in time, I would tell myself to just bite the bullet and do it in the Fall. What other students did over the course of 15 weeks, I did in 6. And now that it is all out of my hands, the panic has set in and I am obsessively checking online to see if my grades are posted. If I receive an A for my portfolio I will maintain Magna Cum Laude.

Let me tell you about my most recent Saturday morning… I woke up to see an email from my admissions counselor that I was still missing my letters of recommendation and could I please get those in and the forms which accompany them. Forms? What forms? I didn’t know there were forms that were supposed to go along with these letters! I followed the directions in the email to log into my banner information and get the forms from the graduate section. But to my dismay, Rowan’s self service (the only location I knew of at that point where these forms existed) was down and would not be up for a few days. The application is due August 1st, 2014… the only known place for these forms is down for maintenance

I was literally frozen with panic. I mean, I needed those forms! So after I calmed down, and regained my sanity, I looked on Rowan’s CGCE website and found them. Now I feel like a tool. All that panic and they were just sitting out in the open. Go ahead and roll your eyes at me, I know I have.

So now I’m playing the waiting game. The worst game for any student. All the work and responsibility is in someone else’s hands. How is that not nerve wracking for everybody?

In the meantime I’d like to address some questions I’ve received:

1. Where did the vlogs go?

They’ll be coming back, don’t worry. As I just detailed, I’ve been busy. Even just cutting a single take involves time that I just didn’t have. They’ll be back and they’ll be on Sundays.

2. Why don’t you post any of your creative work?

Because it’s mine and I am no longer in the “work for free” portion of my life. I will be publishing some of my work online and will direct you with links to be able to purchase my work. I’ve begun work on some more children’s books and I will be publishing a picture book and a few personal essays soon if you would like to check those out.

You can also check out Round Robin Writes, a blog between 5 writers on which I post portions of stories if you’d like to see how I write creative work.

3. So… you’re a student?

Perpetually. Yes. Moving on.

4. There isn’t a lot of you on this site.Untitled-2

Sure there is. There’s a lovely new head shot on my about page. Oh… oh you mean… Well, this site is meant to be worked into my Writer’s Platform (a bulk sum of social media output and fan base which I can take with me to a publisher when I so choose to beg to be published) and so my personal blogs are very few. But since I seem to get this question often, I will begin writing more.

5. Jessica M Tuckerman is a weird pen name.

Well… it’s my real name. Sorry.


ALSO-I’d love to get more feedback from everyone. Please feel free to comment or send me questions, writing or otherwise, that you would like me to answer. See you next time!


By J. M. Tuckerman

J.M.Tuckerman is a neurodivergent writer with a big education. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, an MA in Writing, and a BA in Writing Arts (specializing in Creative Writing, New Media Writing, and Publication; concentrating in New Media Production), which she somehow managed to earn despite her three very loud and large dogs. Jessica was lucky enough to intern at Quirk Books and Picador, USA while earning her master’s degrees. Her service dog, Ringo, is very proud of all that she has accomplished and hopes to be on a back cover of a published book with her very soon. An avid reader, writer, and lover of young adult and middle-grade literature, Jessica’s bookshelf is overflowing with hardbacks, paperbacks, and a million half-filled notebooks. She is a proud fur-mommy to two lab/st-bernard littermates, a retriever-mix service dog, and one orange little hobgoblin cat, all of whom have made very audible appearances on the Booked All Night podcast.

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