I love being a teaching assistant.Since my last update, I’ve started my work as a teaching assistant. I’m really enjoying it so far! I’ve observed class for two weeks now (though I am only there one day a week and the class meets two days each week), I’ve tutored two students, and I am really … Continue reading MFA Update: TA-ing
In February 2017, my friend Ann Winters and I published the first installment of a serial work of science fiction called Hybrid. We had a lot of fun writing it and were eager to get it out into the world. But recently, Amazon made some changes to their treatment of authors that will make it necessary, … Continue reading Moving Hybrid
What we call ourselves--and others--is important. We begin identifying others early. Infants learn that their caregivers provide them with food and comfort, and learn their names. At around seven months old, many babies start to get nervous around strangers. They can't identify them. Later, babies learn to self-identify. This usually coincides with them deciding the … Continue reading What’s in a name?
When I saw what was going on in Charlottesville over the weekend, I wasn't shocked. I was disgusted. And since then, I've thought about what I can do to help improve our nation's situation. Last autumn, I did not vote for Donald Trump. Like so many, I was certain he could never win, that his … Continue reading Write back to fight back!
Two weeks ago I submitted my first assignment of my first MFA semester to my mentor. For the last two weeks I've been working on reading my assigned craft books and trying not to gnaw my fingernails off. While I wasn't concerned about receiving constructive criticism--in fact, I crave it--I was waiting to find out … Continue reading MFA Update: First Feedback Received & Gearing Up for TA
I’m a week late putting together this update, but there’s a good reason. I fell down the rabbit hole. I realize that in the midst of writing short fiction, novels, serial fiction, participating in a writing contest, reading and writing craft essays--oh yeah, and let’s not forget work for money--that might be vague. The rabbit … Continue reading MFA Update: Falling Down the Rabbit Hole
I meant to post this entry last week, but there just wasn’t an opportunity. I’ll get to that a little further on. Last week, I attended my first ever MFA Creative Writing residency week. The event is like entering a bubble and, going in, I had certain assumptions that either proved true or did not. … Continue reading MFA Update: 9 Assumptions About My First Residency