So Much Catching Up…

From the looks of the blog, I’ve been away for a year without updates. A lot has happened in my writerly life in that time, I just haven’t taken the time to come back and update here. So I’ll run down a brief list of what I’ve done…

Last May I attended the DFW Writer’s Convention. It was fantastic and I am going back this year. It was my first chance pitching a story to a literary agent (although I did a consultation rather than a true pitch since my manuscript was unfinished). I took wonderful classes and met some other great writer’s. I highly recommend this conference.


I took the summer off of all things writing related to drown in work. Then came fall where I completed my MA in English and Creative Writing at Southern New Hampshire University. This meant writing a Fiction thesis which was hard, and rewarding, and awesome. I graduated in January with a 4.0.


I’m currently in the process of polishing my thesis into something publishable so I can begin the process of querying agents. At DFW Con this year I’ll be pitching it to an agent for real (I guess). I should probably get on that.

In November, on top of writing my Rumpelstiltskin retelling for my thesis, I took on a retelling of Hades and Persephone set in pseudo historical England where Hades is a Necromancer and Persephone can raise the dead with a touch. It was my most challenging NaNoWriMo yet because I had work and school to contend with. I was so burned out by December that I haven’t even opened the Scivener file again. However, I don’t regret doing it at all. I’m glad to know I could take on the challenge and I love the story I created (even if it needs heaps of work).


Post graduation, I decided to take time off to relax without school bearing down on me. I’ve had two months with no writing deadlines and have frankly let myself get rusty. Now it is the first day of Camp NaNoWriMo and…uh…I am admittedly unprepared. I had a story idea percolating and when I sat to outline it I realized there was just no middle. I also had no buzz in me to create one. I decide to set that plot bunny aside until I can feed it and care for it property. That leaves me midway through the first day of Camp changing projects and starting a new outline…

And away we go…



An Acceptance

Yesterday I received the exciting news that, on the merit of my writing sample and personal statement, I have been admitted to the MFA Writing program at Lindenwood University. I am just awaiting the final admissions decision from the admission department, but I’m not concerned about that at all.

I had previously been taking classes in the MA English and Creative Writing – Fiction program at SNHU. However, I found myself somewhat disenchanted with how much emphasis was put on the literature side of things, and not the writing. I’ve been enrolled since January and I’ve only taken two writing classes, one of which I found fairly unhelpful. The program also requires that you take classes on writing pedagogy, literary theory, etc that had zero appeal to me. I went back to school (when I really didn’t need to at all) because I wanted to improve my writing. Not because I wanted to read about the Russian take on literary theory or create lesson plans. I’ve been a teacher before, I’m familiar with lesson plans. That’s not to say that SNHU doesn’t have a good program. For some people, it will be perfect. If you wanted to teach community college composition or English, for example, it is probably the ideal option. Their fiction thesis is probably also well done, as my friend recently completed her YA novel through that class. However, I felt like, even in my writing classes, I wasn’t absorbing much that would improve my craft. I didn’t feel challenged. The most helpful class I took was Contemporary Writers and Publishing. It was taught by a several times published writer who wasn’t afraid to get real with us on how hard it is to make it as a writer. I already knew that being a full-time writer is probably a pipe dream, but I fully appreciated the information we got on self and traditional publishing. That said, after last semester of taking a Victorian Literature class (which was interesting and taught by a fantastic professor, just not what I want to be taking) and a Creative Non-Fiction class (which was…let’s say disappointing), and signing up for classes this semester (Another literature course and pedagogy), I realized that I had ended up down the wrong path. I looked up my degree plan and realized that I had more than half of the program left, and yet, excluding my thesis, I only had one writing class left. One! How was a grand total of three writing classes (all in different genres) supposed to prepare me to write a book-length thesis?

Thankfully, I stumbled across the program at Lindenwood. I think I found it before but ignored it because it was a longer program (48 hours versus 36). However, at this point, I had to ask myself whether I wanted to rush through and get a degree I don’t need where I also learned very little, or take more time and have a richer experience. LU’s program appears to be more writing intensive and, besides the thesis, there aren’t any required classes. You take what you want, in the order you want to take it. After spending a week in Literary Theory being so bored I thought my eyeballs would melt out, that sounds fantastic. Also, there’s the added benefit of the program being an MFA and not MA, so the degree is better (although better doesn’t really summarize that comparison very well).

Transferring programs also had the result that I will get to take a break from school until LU’s new term starts in January (I missed the admissions deadline for the fall term). Yes, this is slowing me down again. However, I spent from June 2012 to August 2013 being a full-time graduate student in my MLS program, and then only had a short respite before I started my MA in January 2014, so a break actually sounds really nice.

So, to make a long post short, starting in January I will be a Lindenwood Lion. (FYI, lion is my favorite animal.)