Back to Basics – A Writer’s Journey

It's never too late to start over. The original plan after graduation was to turn my thesis back into the novel it was on the way to becoming. At the time I was working on a novel of linked stories and to comply with thesis requirements I had to choose three to present. After thesis … Continue reading Back to Basics – A Writer’s Journey

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Unfinished Business

Life after graduation feels a lot like being on a Ferris wheel at the carnival. The ride begins slowly. When it picks up the pace it sometimes takes you places you realize you don't want to go, but you must stay seated until the ride comes to a complete stop. At times, it seems as if the ride will never end, but eventually it does, and you get to try something else.

Plot Twist: Destination Unknown

In fiction, conflict can arise and create a plot twist. These plot twists propel the story into a new direction and help "build" the character or get them to where you want them to be. If life were fiction and I were a character, right now we would be encountering my plot twist. It reads something like this: The fearless Texan, with … Continue reading Plot Twist: Destination Unknown

“I Should Be Writing” and Other Things I Keep Telling Myself

I should be writing. I know. I'm blogging, so technically I am writing, but I'm not writing. My MFA defense was nine weeks ago - NINE WEEKS, and I still haven't written anything that doesn't fall into the category of editing my thesis. I now hate the word "thesis". The mere thought of looking at mine … Continue reading “I Should Be Writing” and Other Things I Keep Telling Myself

Man down! Life After Defense

MFA creative writing student returns from thesis defense with a bruised ego, but a sea of supporters rebuilds her confidence as she makes plans to return home to Texas.