I am not lost…

March 13, 2017

Money vs. Dreams

Oh, I got going about this the other day. This got me going so much that I’m going to move blog posts around so that I can have this come out closer to what time it actually is. Oh boy. Here we go.

So it’s no secret, if you look back through the archives here at I Am Not Lost, that I have strong opinions about writing degrees, and if degrees make the author. (My opinion is no. My father is a published author, and his degree is in theatre. There are plenty of authors who didn’t study English or writing. But.) I have an MFA in Creative Writing. I chose this because I believe it was the best path for me. I can only speak for myself there. I don’t claim that it’s necessary, and sometimes it might even be unwise. But let’s talk specifics.

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December 6, 2015

NaNoWriMo Recap and Future Plans

So NaNoWriMo is over, and our TGIO party is tomorrow. It’s always a bit of a bittersweet feeling, coming to the end of November. This was a more difficult one than usual, as I mentioned at the beginning of the month. (Just before? I can’t remember anymore.) As usual, I always think that knowing the story–knowing the characters–all of that planning kind of stuff will help me. And it never does. I just get stuck because in my head, the story is already told and writing it all over again feels repetitious–and there are few things I hate more than repeating myself over and over and over again. (I have trouble with revision for this very reason. Go figure.)

So despite the fact that Manhattan and Damian are characters I know as well as any I’ve worked with in many ways, it was a battle to write their story. And yet again, 8 years running now, I’ve failed to actually finish the STORY in the month of November.

Some day. SOME DAY.

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June 2, 2015

Long Time No See / MFA Programs

Hey there everyone! I know it’s been a while since I posted last, and I apologize for that. (Actually as I look back, it’s less time than I thought. But it’s still more time than is really permissible.) I still owe a good friend a review for her book that I read, and I intend to deliver. Things are still going a little rough for me; I haven’t found a new job yet, I’m still doing battle with depression (though the new meds are working better than any of the others), and it’s hard to find a pattern or routine when there’s–quite literally–nothing forcing you to do anything. But I’m still going to try.

However, I’m back today to bring some attention to an article I just read, and talk about what it made me think. Before jumping under the cut, go take a look at Kameron Hurley’s article “I Don’t Care About Your MFA.”┬áThen let’s chat.

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