It is spring, nearly summer and I’m so excited to be at the end of another semester and my first full year as an MFA-seeker. I have done very little new writing in the last quarter but it’s not been a creative loss. I’ve been learning what “revision” truly means and how it differs from editing. About … More It’s Been Awhile: Revise vs. Edit
Let me preface this by saying I have only been published in a Lit Mag once, so I am no expert on getting published. However, I am a volunteer reader for Blue Mesa Review–a really fabulous magazine from UNM (with free submissions!!!) and I get to read A LOT of submissions and with that, a … More Five For Friday: Things to Avoid When Submitting to Lit Mags.
Hello! I have been on quite the little sabbatical since my last Five for Friday post on the 18th–nearly a month!! I’ll be honest, I wasn’t so busy working on my novel or editing to write a blog post. I basically haven’t written anything since then. I spent about 20 minutes editing my first-born, which … More Five For Friday (actually just 3): Holidays, Homes, and Harried Living
What an incredible semester this has been! I finished the year, turned in all my final portfolios, and finished registering for the spring on December 2nd, my 29th birthday. I can hardly believe it’s over and I’ve finished my first year of graduate school and my first semester as an MFA student. I can’t even … More Five For Friday: Semester’s End
My husband is always nervous when I start conversations with the line “I’ve decided…” Usually, this line is followed by some life-changing epiphany for our future. “I’ve decided I want to work full-time.” “I’ve decided I want to go to graduate school.” “I’ve decided I’m only wearing neutral colors and real jewelry.” “I’ve decided we’ll … More Decisions, Decisions: The Golden Apple’s Coming Makeover
Perhaps you’ve noticed my absence from the blogosphere this month (probably not). October was a fabulous month full of celebration and excitement and it wiped me out. November has been mad and a little more focused on my non-blog writing. In addition to the semester wrapping up–the last day of class for me is the … More November madness, NaNoWriMo, and the end of my first MFA semester.
Debra Monroe was our guest speaker last night in 501 and she was great. Debra writes memoir and fiction and teaches writing at Texas State. She has 7 books to her name, one of which was recently released. She is reading from her new memoir, My Unsentimental Education at UNM this evening and is very entertaining so I … More Posing and Opposing: A lesson from Debra Monroe
I’ve been compiling a list of words to eliminate from my writing as much as possible. These are weak, crutch words that lend nothing and keep the story from being shown. They are “tell” words and as we all know: “Show, don’t tell.” My instructor points these out and I find myself crossing them off as I … More MFA Monday: Words to Eliminate
We had a guest speaker in a recent MFA class–Intro to Writing as a Profession. She was really great, funny, clever, and an alumni of our program whose fiction, though not yet published, has made the finalist cuts for some note-worthy awards. She shared a near-universal frustration with trying to get her novel published and … More My Name is Faerl Marie and I Write Chick Lit.
My 5 favorite books on writing craft: 1. On Writing, by Stephen King An iconic, must-read for all people, everywhere, who have ever aspired to write anything more involved than an email. And they’ve just come out with a 10th anniversary edition! 2. Lessons from a Lifetime of Writing by David Morrell (Now titled The … More Five for Friday: Craft Books