Yesterday, I had the dubious "pleasure" of chatting with someone about a full time application. No callback, but perhaps some adjunct work was available. I spoke with the chair, who informed me that without a Ph.D., I will never get a full time job at that particular institution, and most likely, no institutions within the … Continue reading Ph.D. or No Ph.D., Part Two
Sometimes, decisions have to be made. Saying no to one thing means saying yes to something else. It is a hard decision when both are really good, plus there's the sunk-cost fallacy to factor in. (Tuition dollars, time spent, etc.) My dilemma was simple: get the Ph.D.? After all, for eight years as an adjunct … Continue reading Yes or No? Stay or Go?
Well, with all the MFA coursework, the blog went to the wayside again. The MFA was a rite of passage in some respects. Somehow, getting a "terminal" degree did not kill me. It gave me deeper insight into craft, and an added benefit is being able to start searching for a permanent position again. It's … Continue reading Commencement: A New Chapter!
Piles of papers vie for my attention right now. Digital files also compete on any given day. Some are for the day job, some are for graduate school work and the novel. Four and a half weeks from now, I pick up my regalia. Five weeks out, I go to the Futurescapes workshop. In six … Continue reading Dreams, Deadlines and Diplomas….
I am using Halestorm's "I Am The Fire" to start the writing sessions for chapters featuring my female protagonist. It's appropriate for the character's situation, since she tries to deal with her fears and take her rightful place as a strategist in the military fantasy I'm working on. (I have a Green Day song for … Continue reading Conflict and Character
Packing boxes seems surreal, especially in the middle of a semester where I'm working towards finishing my MFA, and yet, here I am. The good news is that we're going to a bigger place, which means that the writing space I've dreamed of for years will finally be reality. (Nothing like the thrill of writing … Continue reading Transitions
I can't believe I've let the blog lapse since June. A lot has happened since then, including Readercon, day job stuff, and a few personal things. However, that's the past, and as New Year's creeps up on us, it is time to look ahead and get ready. 2018 promises to be a lot of work, … Continue reading 2018: Getting Ready
June is shaping up to be a record month. Despite a number of other things claiming my attention, including two graduate classes, I managed to edit two short stories and submit three this month. For someone who's been rather slim on the short stories being finished, this is definitely a lot of progress. When one … Continue reading Submitting Short Stories
2017 started slow, but time has really flown by this last month or two, especially while wrapping up the semester as a graduate student. Not to mention the mountain of grading (my day job is teaching history at the college level, so I've seen both sides of academic life). Suddenly it's summer. A day after … Continue reading Summer, Suddenly
Some look back over the year gone by to see what they achieved. I think that's a good idea. So, for 2016: Celebrated 18 years of marriage. Earned 12 credits toward my MFA for a total of 18 credits, 23 to go. (Accomplished one of my goals from January 2016!) Accepted to and attended Viable … Continue reading Looking Back, Looking Forward