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.
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