hey naebs :) i think you definately should do the school thing. find a school that is not just an online or correspondance school. check out the university of toronto, they should have programs for the non-traditional student. i worked part and full time while attending classes, it's not that hard and work was a nice place for me let my mind wander, think up paper ideas and connect the ideas and things i was learning.
i know at the university of minnesota, their night classes (which use to be strictly for continuing education but not anymore) meet the same standards as their daytime counterpart. same credit, same assignments etc.
so if i was you, i'd set up an appointment with an advisor at where ever you are looking at attending and they can tell you all the programs they have available. or check out their website :)
anyways, just do it! you have talent and i think even without a degree you can go far with it but school will help you tons. and you will actually put your degree in english to use!
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