This weekend I reached a writing milestone for the first draft of Orphic: 15,000 words written!
It won’t come as a surprise to anyone, but living with untreated sleep apnea is utterly exhausting. Unfortunately, treating it can be pretty annoying, too. Continue reading “The Inconvenience of Treating Sleep Apnea”
As a leader, you soon learn: You can’t please all people all the time. Continue reading “Leaders Can’t Be People-Pleasers”
“I am a runner because I run. Not because I run fast. Not because I run far. I am a runner because I say I am. And no one can tell me I’m not.”
Now that I have a few years of (fairly) consistent running under my belt, I can tell you definitively: I am not a good or fast runner, and I rarely enjoy it. Continue reading “When Running Frustrates Me (I Keep Running)”
Recently, I joined a writing program called Novel in 6 offered by my local writing group. If you can’t tell from the name, the goal is to write a novel in six months.
We just finished the second month, and it’s been a real kick in the pants. A real wake up call about what it takes to finish this project, to be the writer I want to be. Because I’m not hitting my writing goal each week.
This is my weekly progress report for Monday, January 8 to Sunday, January 14.
Happy New Year! 2018 is officially here, and to commemorate the event I’m sharing my writing resolutions.
Let’s take a look at what I accomplished this week! Continue reading “Weekly Progress Report #1”
I’m excited to be participating in the July edition of Camp NaNoWriMo 2017. I don’t always take part in the NaNo Camps (run in April and July since 2013, according to Wikiwrimo), but this year I’m setting a modest goal. Continue reading “Camp NaNoWriMo 2017 Writing Goals”
“The most beautiful part of your body / is where it’s headed.” – Ocean Vuong, “Someday I’ll Love Ocean Vuong“
One of my goals for this year was to apply to graduate schools. I’ve long considered going to back to school for a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. I thought it would help me improve my craft, give me time to write, put me in touch with others in the writing community, among other things. There were a few obstacles in my way, but I was working on them. I took college classes to improve my undergraduate GPA. I produced a body of work for my portfolio. I narrowed down my program choices, then narrowed them further.
Finally, last December, DH and I sat down and review the numbers.
A budget is that magical place where dreams either hit the pavement running, or just hit the pavement. Because even at a low-residency program where I keep my day job, we were looking at a cost of $60,000. That is just not feasible, given our current financial situation.
It’s a disappointing reality to have to choose between things like “having a kid” and “buying our first house” in the next five years and furthering your education in pursuit of a dream. But ultimately, education can be postponed, whereas other goals have stricter timelines.
But these kinds of moments can have a clarifying impact, as well. It cuts away the coal to reveal the diamond truth beneath: My dream is not to get an MFA. My dream, in its clearest expression, is to have a career publishing my work. The only thing that requires is hard work, some luck, and a lot of writing. I can manage that on my own.