Tag: Novel Writing

On Preparing for Residency

LUIn less than two weeks–On January 3rd, to be exact–I’ll be leaving for Boston to attend my second residency in Lesley University’s highly-touted MFA in Creative Writing Program. Like the first one last June, I’m nervous, but I think this second residency will go much smoother, mostly because I know what to expect now. In certain ways, I’m looking forward to it.

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Because we change mentors each semester, throughout this second semester I’ll be working with children/YA author, David Elliott. That’s him above. A friend in the program worked with him during our first semester and had nothing but good things to say. He’s a nice guy and he knows his stuff. I think this second semester is going to be a productive one. I sent in two chunks of different manuscripts this time, so I’m looking forward to his comments in the workshops I’ll be participating in.

Over the last couple weeks, I’ve been printing, reading, and commenting in order to prepare for this second residency. It’s been difficult as a result of being diagnosed with occular neuritis and other pre-multiple sclerosis symptoms. I’ve tried my hardest and am hoping it will all end well once I get to Boston. There are some great workshop stories both from new students, as well as the “veterans.” I can’t wait to get into full days of discussing writing again. That’s something that I’ve continually miss over the past six months.

During this second semester, my Interdisciplinary Studies project is a class. It’s online and is called “Psychology for the Creative Writer.” It’s taught by Dr, Jorge Amenteros, who is a psychiatrist, as well as a creative writer (he got his MFA from Lesley University, too). The one book I’ll be reading for the class is The Writer’s Guide to Psychology: How to Write Accurately About Psychological Disorders, Clinical Treatment and Human Behavior by Carolyn Kaufman, Psy.D. I’ve already started reading it and I love it so far. I think it’s really going to help my main work, the story regarding the school shooting. Much of what I write has psychology ingrained, so this class is really perfect for me. I’ll be meeting with Dr. Amenteros during the residency, as well.

This is one of the few things i’m looking forward to in the coming months. Barring any major health shifts, this residency will be a great one. I’m so glad I decided to stick with it after a rough semester. Stay tuned for a full report on the event after I return on January 13th!

In the meantime, Happy Writing!

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Why I’m Doing NaNoWriMo and Thesis At the Same Time

Photo courtesy of Creative Commons & Horia Varlan.

Anyone who’s been reading me for a while knows that I participated in NaNoWriMo for the first time last year and that I won, finishing my novel in only twenty days. Anyone who’s been reading me for a while should also know that I’m currently writing my thesis for my Master’s program. It’s been tough and I have two weeks left to get my final draft in order for my thesis committee.

As you know, it’s November now and NaNoWriMo is in full swing once again. After a few months (yes, months!) of thinking it through, I decided to participate again this year, even in the midst of thesis. Why did I do this? I have a few different reasons:

  1. This is probably the biggest reason: Because I have more than one story in me and need to get a specific one down on paper while it’s still fresh in my mind.
  2. I HAVE TO WRITE. I have to, and if I can flex my creative muscles on more than one story at a time, I’m going to give it a try.
  3. Because working on more than one story helps me to figure things out in my other stories when I’m at an impasse with them. This is a bit hard to explain, but sometimes, while I’m working on one story, something from another story will pop into my head. When that happens, I can write it down for alter or switch stories. I like this…flexibility (for lack of a better word).

My novel for NaNoWriMo this year stands a high chance of not being finished. After all, thesis is much more important right now. But I’m doing both of them because even if only one gets finished, I can still say that I tried, even if NaNoWriMo is a failure this year.

Remember what Samuel Beckett said? “Ever tried? Ever failed? Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” So, this year, if failure happens, I’ll do it “better.” It’s possible, right? Yes. Yes, i think it is.

Happy Writing,

A Few Changes


It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted, but a lot has been happening on my end. My computer decided it didn’t want to work properly anymore, so i’ll be buying a new one sometime next week. My last semester in my Master’s program has started, which includes a final literature class and thesis. My first individual thesis meeting with my advisor is tomorrow and I’m very much looking forward it. I’ve also recently started a new part-time job.

It’s been a busy few weeks.

I’m one chapter away from completion of the first draft of my novel/thesis. I’ve decided to temporarily take the chapters down from this site as I continue to finish and then revise the work as a whole. Once the final version of the novel/thesis is completed in mid-November, I will repost the chapters here. As it stands right now, it’s just too much work to post and repost chapters as I revise them, mainly because so much revising is happening. Don’t worry, though. They will be reposted.

I’m hoping to get back to regular posting here, but until I get my new computer next week, that’ll have to wait.

Stay tuned,

New Work: “The Consequence of Liking Girls” Chapter 17

It’s been a busy couple of weeks, but I’ve finished chapter seventeen and you can read it here. It’ll go through changes, but for now, I’m focused on getting the first draft of the entire story finished.

As always, any feedback is appreciated. With any luck at all, I’ll have some more for you to read very soon.

Happy Writing,

New Work: “The Consequence of Liking Girls” Chapter 16

It’s been a busy couple of weeks, but I’ve finished chapter sixteen and you can read it here. It’ll go through changes, but for now, I’m focused on getting the first draft of the entire story finished.

As always, any feedback is appreciated. With any luck at all, I’ll have some more for you to read very soon.

Happy Writing,

New Work: “The Consequence of Liking Girls” Chapter 15

I’ve made quite a few changes throughout the manuscript in the last couple of weeks, but I’ve been trying to stay focused on writing forward. It took some work, but I’ve finished chapter fifteen and you can read it here. It’ll go through changes, but for now, I’m focused on getting the first draft of the entire story finished.

As always, any feedback is appreciated. With any luck at all, I’ll have some more for you to read very soon.

Happy Writing,

New Work: “The Consequence of Liking Girls” Chapter 14

I’ve made quite a few changes throughout the manuscript in the last week or so. I’ll update all of the chapters as soon as I get some more free time. Summer classes are over, so I should have a little more time to write now. I’ve changed a lot within the first three chapters and have changed a few names throughout.

As far as new work goes, I’ve finished chapter fourteen and you can read it here.

As always, any feedback is appreciated. With any luck at all, I’ll have some more for you to read very soon.

Happy Writing,

New Work: “The Consequence of Liking Girls” Chapter 13

I’ve made quite a few changes throughout the manuscript in the last week or so. I’ll update all of the chapters as soon as I get some more free time. Summer classes are over, so I should have a little more time to write now. I’ve changed a lot within the first three chapters and have changed a few names throughout.

As far as new work goes, I’ve finished chapter thirteen and you can read it here.

As always, any feedback is appreciated. With any luck at all, I’ll have some more for you to read very soon.

Happy Writing,

New Work: “The Consequence of Liking Girls” Chapter 12

It’s been a busy couple of weeks, but I’ve managed to get some writing done in between classes, getting ready to start my new job, and family obligations.

I have a new chapter for you. You can read chapter twelve of “The Consequence of Liking Girls” here.
As always, any feedback is appreciated. With any luck at all, I’ll have some more for you to read very soon.

Happy Writing,