To Surprise Myself Again

I feel pretty guilty that my unplanned hiatus from this blog lasted so long.  I’ve kept up with other things—Facebook, posting relevant articles and lists I’ve found on Twitter, trying to keep up with events in the writing communities I follow—but what began as taking some time off blogging to finish my final assignment for my…

Why I Write

In one of my recent classes for my MA, we discussed the origins of our desires to write.  As usual, most people talked about either always having this drive, or, in later years, suddenly desiring a change or experiencing something which led them to write.  I fall into the former category. Thinking about why I…

Applying to an M.A. Creative Writing Program

Recently, one of my old classmates asked me this:  How did you apply to your M.A. program? I remember how lost I felt while applying to my creative writing program.  While I asked a lot of different people for help, I was frustrated by how uncertain I still felt about the whole process.  Was I…

The writing life

I don’t have a good, concrete reason why I haven’t updated since October.  I know last semester I got caught up in things that were going on, personal struggles, and simply getting any creative writing done in the midst of that was an accomplishment.  Like other things, this blog fell by the wayside a bit….

A cup of tea

I’ve never been very good at keeping these things updated. Well, I’m back stateside now.  As soon as I got back I was caught up in a whirl of traveling, seeing family, and just trying to spend time with my boyfriend.  Life has a way of catching you up in a blur of passing time….

When to Hold Back

My problem right now is concentration.  And willpower. I keep jumping between stories.  I have so many that I’ve begun, but am unsure how to complete them.  At the moment, my primary concern is one I’m working on about an illegal immigrant in Texas.  It began as a five-pager for my creative writing class last…