Last Friday night, I started writing again. I started a new story. I started writing it by hand in a small pocket staple notebook from Story Supply Co., a company I had backed on Kickstarter. When I start on new project ideas, I almost always do so by hand, as I’ve always been the type …
I’ve been a big fan and loyal user of Evernote since it appeared as an open beta back in 2008. Over the last year, I’ve considered moving away from it. Today, I’ve started doing so. When I first started using Evernote, I had no idea what I’d do with it. I had less of an …
…to be passionate.
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.
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.
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.