Going Beyond Reconnecting...

By Charlotte Bennardo 

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The theme is reconnecting. It's a popular one around the holidays and the end of the year, and especially after the Covid pandemic. I've stayed connected with family and friends via Zoom and social media, so there was no 'reconnecting.' However, I've 'reconnected' with my love of learning- and am enrolled in graduate school, working on my Master's of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. It's always been a dream of mine to get my MFA. With low and now no residency required, I can achieve this goal. I'm nearing the end of the first term, and if all goes well, I will graduate in July, 2023. There's a long road to go, but it seems that reconnecting to academic reading, doing research, writing papers, and discussing topics with the class is like riding the proverbial bike- once you learn, no matter how many years are in between, it's not hard to pick it back up. 

So don't just reconnect- realize a dream, right a wrong, take a bold step. Go for it.

When it's graduation day, I'll be walking that stage to accept my diploma and check off one item on my 'Dream, Accomplished' list.  

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Charlotte writes MG, YA, NA, and adult novels in sci fi, fantasy, contemporary, and paranormal genres. She is the author of the middle grade Evolution Revolution trilogy, Simple Machines, Simple Plans, and Simple Lessons. She co-authored the YA novels Blonde OPS, Sirenz, and Sirenz Back in Fashion. Currently she is working on several novels for both children and adults. She lives in NJ with her family, two demanding cats, and a crazy squirrel couple who just moved into her backyard oak tree.


  1. Go you! Covid has helped many of us realize dreams and explore talents we never even knew we had. Thanks for sharing your dream.


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