It’s hard to know where to begin this post since so much has been happening, and most of it within the past four weeks.
- I guess the first thing to talk about is that I bought my first car! It’s a white 2017 Kia Forte. I bought it used and it’s been wonderful to have my own set of wheels. I’ve already been planning lots of different trips, both local and long distance, for the future, the first of which is happening this weekend for a friend’s wedding. It’s also been kind of interesting at what an insight into the relationship between adulthood and money this has been. When I parked it on the lot at work, my coworkers kept congratulating me and telling me that they were proud of me. A few of them commented on how responsible I had been and how this was a step further into adulthood for me. And yes, while I did work hard to save up, I felt odd accepting their praise. All I did was spend a bunch of money, money that could have been spent in so many other ways. It seems that spending certain sums of money makes you appear to be “more of an adult” or more “responsible”. Yes, having the car means I have another loan and an insurance policy to pay into now, but I’m not sure it makes me more grown up or responsible, especially since as I was driving to work that first day, I accidentally drove onto the curb of a street while unintentionally running a red light. I’d like to think that I possessed those qualities before I made this purchase; spending money should only grant you the physical things you’re paying for, not status or approval or maturity in the eyes of others. Reading over this, it makes me sound like I’m upset with my coworkers’ reactions, but I’m not. I’m lucky to have and am grateful for their support, but all of that attention, while nice, made me feel quite strange. Sorry for the tangent.
- A week after I got the car, I finished the second draft of my book! IT IS FINALLY DONE! Yay! I feel like I should have told you about that sooner, given that I posted about my struggles with heading toward the finishing line. But I finished it on Memorial Day, which I had off of work, and wrote with a single-minded determination that I have never really displayed before but would have been nice to have had during finals time in college. I wrote nearly 18 pages in one day, about thirteen of those in the span of two or three hours. I write longhand and by the time I was done, I was totally brain dead, unable to do more than be glad and text my friend about it, who has cheered me on through so much of this process. I also damaged my thumb from all that writing, which has not been fun and is only now, a little over two weeks later, just feeling better. The second draft totals at 343 pages, bringing the combined total of both the first and second draft to 619 and a fourth of a page. It still hasn’t sunk in that I’m not working on that story right now. I miss it. I’m not ready to try draft three, but I do miss it.
- I’ve decided that I’m going to try to pursue a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. I made this decision a few months ago, but I’ve been loath to talk about it even, to my family. Those programs are incredibly selective and I don’t want someone coming up to me and saying “Well why aren’t you in graduate school?” after I applied to and was rejected by different schools. I know there’s a whole debate about whether an MFA is necessary in the writing world, especially since those types of degrees are held by fiction writers who produce literary, oftentimes contemporary, fiction. I’m not brave enough to try for an MFA in poetry, but we’ll see how it goes with fiction. I’m still trying to figure out exactly why I want to do this thing, but the plain and short of it is that it feels right for me and I think it will help my career in the long run. We’ll see how it all goes. I’m going to spend most of my summer writing different short stories for my samples. And if I don’t get accepted into any of the schools I’m going apply to, at least I’ll have those stories to submit to publishers. Any thoughts or advice about applying to an MFA would be appreciated.
- My first poem got published! I’m now officially a poet! You can read it here. As always, this will be linked under the writing tab. Also, for you fellow writers out there, if you’re looking for a place to submit to, the editor for this website, Nate, is incredibly nice.
- I’ve become obsessed with PBS’s new adaptation of Little Women, this scene in particular. I could do a whole post about what I think about this adaptation. Is that something you’d like to read?
I think that’s everything. Like I said, it’s been a busy few weeks. I think that’s all I have to update you on for now. I’ll write again soon. Thanks, as always, reading. Take care!