Author: Kerri

On the Confusing Process of Revisions & Where to Start

I’ve been away from any sort of structured writing program for over a year now. I haven’t been working on a large writing project during that time, but had been working on some shorter projects. Short stories, flash fiction, poetry, pieces of shorter substance that have, for whatever reason, been easier for me to stay focused on.

Lately, I’ve been thinking hard about the novel I used as my thesis in my MFA program (if you’re curious about some of my experiences in that program, be sure to check out the links at the end of the post). I haven’t completed any writing on this project since May 18, 2014. That was the day before the final thesis was due to my mentor and program director.

This Will Always Hold True

  

I forget where I found this. It was a few years ago now, but I remember that it came right before my first residency at Lesley University.

It was true then, and it’s still true now.

Looking Back: A Year Since MFA Graduation

June 29th, which is only three short days away, will mark one whole year since I graduated from Lesley University’s Creative Writing MFA program.

To say I miss it would be a gross understatement.

Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts and the greater Boston area were my home away from home from June 2012 until June 2014. That tiny campus on the back side of monstrous Harvard University was where I learned to be myself, believe in myself, and believe in my work. It was where I finally understood that I was a writer.

On Writing Podcasts & What I’m Listening To

In a world increasing overtaken by technology, you may be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t listen to podcasts these days. I like to describe podcasts as talk radio, but in an episodic format. Topics vary, of course, and if you’ve avoided podcasts by using the excuse that there’s nothing that’ll interest you, you’re likely wrong.

On Mental Vacations & Writing Feels

I’m definitely not one of those lucky folks who gets to take vacations. I mean the long vacations to some beautiful place where work can be left behind and relaxation is the only thing on the to-do list. Every once in a while (read: maybe once a year), I go to Chicago. That’s the extent of my vacations, mostly because I don’t have the funds to go anywhere further away. To compensate, I take mental vacations. They’re usually pretty short, but the idea of it is that I can go wherever I want to, even if it’s only for an hour (or sometimes less).

I’ve been taking these little “vacations” quite often lately. I always go to Boston, but lately, I’ve been visiting Cambridge. It’s been six months since I’ve graduated from the MFA program at Lesley University, and I don’t know that I’ve missed anything more than I miss that program.

Missing Blogger…Found!

Can you believe it’s been AN ENTIRE YEAR since I’ve posted here? Goodness. So much has happened.

I moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa to take a new job. Six months later, I was laid off after my department was eliminated, and I moved back to Wisconsin. I bought a new (used) car and started a new job.

Perhaps the most important part of the last year was my graduation from Lesley University’s MFA program, which happened at the end of June. That was difficult for many reasons, the biggest being that I miss all of my writing friends terribly. And it feels odd to not having set writing deadlines.

But I suppose that’s something that we’ll all deal with and learn to work through.

Along with graduation comes a small amount of extra time. I’ve been using some of that extra time to get back here. I’ve given my site a little makeover, which I hope you’ll enjoy. At the moment, my pages are set to private so I can give them a facelift as well. I have some big(ger) plans and can’t wait to start implementing them.

So, here we are. I’m still writing, still reading, and still learning. I’m still here. So stay tuned, friends. I’ll write again soon.

Cheers,

-K