I just found out I received my first grant!! YAY!!! It's a small grant through the University, but still, I had to write a proposal, which had to be reviewed and accepted. So it's a victory.
Actually, I have to really credit one of my classes from Spring Semester. It was a grant writing class and it really forced me to figure out what I want to research and how I want to do it. The purpose of the class was to prepare a NRSA pre-doc proposal for submission in the fall. It wasn't a pleasant experience, but it certainly solidified a lot of my formerly nebulous thought processes.
So what next? Actually, I'm not sure. I suppose I'll have to figure out how to access the money I've been granted. Go grant-writing!