Check out this gorgeous horse. I used to be a total horse freak when I was younger. Why do so many girls go through a horse phase?
New year, new me. Sorta. Not really. But I will be having to make some life adjustments, because I've begun my MFA in Creative Writing! I am so grateful to have been accepted into my top choice, and I am extremely excited about the upcoming semester. It will be interesting to see how well I can juggle my coursework, my full-time job, gym trips, and a social life. I think the fact that I am super pumped about my semester plan will make a big difference. Work is always easier if you enjoy it.
I am also tentatively discussing publication with one of my favorite journals. I won't say anything until (and unless) my piece gets the final green light, but I am completely delighted and honored to have even gotten this far.
Picture by Anton Darius at Unplash.com
The holidays are just around the corner. The holidays have always been bittersweet for me. I enjoy seeing my family and I enjoy all the food, but at the same time I find the season incredibly stressful. This is magnified by the fact that I am in the middle of my MFA pre-course work. I am very excited to begin my program, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't more than a little nervous. There's a lot about this program that is uncharted territory for me, as I do not have a degree in Creative Writing and have very little workshop experience. With all that said, I do think this will be a very good experience for me, and will go a long way in making myself more comfortable with and confident in my own writing.
In other news, I have had a short horror piece published in Soft Cartel, which you can read here. I really like the work they've been putting up over there, and they are quickly becoming one of my favorite journals.
I hope your holidays are as painless as possible.
Photo from Jeremy Cooper over on Unsplash.
Good morning, or afternoon, or evening,
I have received my first publication! I submitted two stories to The Molotov Cocktail's Flash Beast contest. One made it to the Close-But-No-Cigar list, and the other placed 6th out of the top 10. The piece that placed is called The Lions, and is about a man struggling with his deteriorating mental and emotional health.
I am still in shock. After over a year of submitting work to journals and magazines with no luck, this has encouraged me to continue to put myself and my work out there. Incredibly validating, and I am honored to be featured alongside such talent.
You can read The Lions (and all the other amazing pieces on this list) here.
Photography by Bhargava Srivari, taken from Unsplash.com.
It's been a couple months, so time for a quick update.
I am continuing to submit fiction to lit journals. So far, no acceptances, but I am well aware that failure comes with the territory and I am not letting it discourage me.
I visited AWP 2018 at the beginning of March, and it was a wonderful experience. I had never been around so many people who were interested in writing. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend every panel I wanted with some time left over to explore the exhibition hall. I left with a ton of notes, merch, and new journals to submit to. I highly recommend AWP to anyone with the time and funds to attend.
I was extended an offer of admission by my top MFA program. I am beyond thrilled, and will begin in 2019.
Vowing to exercise and eat right, but we'll see how that goes.
Photo by Dana Critchlow over on Unsplash
I will keep things brief and straightforward, as I value both privacy and honesty.
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