Always a step behind

I. Am. So. Dumb. Three semesters into a nonfiction MFA I’m still having things fall into place which I should have already figured out. Last semester I started kind of writing anything at all, since my word count was so low and I was still so unfocused with my thesis.  One of the things I wrote about was going to […]

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Mental health and the MFA

I read with interest this piece by Sara Finnerty on Brevity’s Nonfiction Blog. It’s a list of things she wishes she had told herself after her completing her MFA. I would argue that they are things one should address during the MFA. She writes about failure, about abandoning the goal of getting published and fear of others’ opinions. I think […]

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Commuting sucks

My new day job requires a 25-mile commute (each way), so I now spend an hour and a half to two hours every day in my car, and thanks to Houston’s horrible highway designs it often feels like a fight for survival. Here’s a Transtar photo of what I have to do as soon as I hit the highway on my way home: I get on 288 and immediately have to make my way across the three right lanes leading to highway 59 in order to get to I-45, accessible only through the two left lanes. During rush hour that means I either rely on the kindness of other drivers or cut them off mercilessly. Every day I go through that. Sometimes I have stayed late at the office just to avoid the time of greatest congestion. But it should be better now that I finally – just yesterday – got an audio book from the library.  At least there will be some purpose to the drive besides testing my and my car’s ability to simply survive.

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