Writing Review – April 2016

After graduating in January, I spent the remainder of my paternity leave (a couple weeks in January) working on a revision of my middle grade novel. Then I went back to work, and the writing slowed down quite a bit. A well-timed weekend writing retreat at the beginning of April was just the kick in the … [Read more…]

On Being Pushed

So, it looks like all of March went by without me posting to this blog. Classic me. I have been writing, though. I’m still working on an overhaul of a middle grade novel. And while I know what I must do, actually sitting down to work on it can be daunting. Also, real life is … [Read more…]


I graduated from Hamline’s Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults this past Sunday. I knew the journey would be a quick one, and it was. It’s hard to believe that I won’t be working on a writing packet and I won’t be assigned an advisor. It’s been a great ride. … [Read more…]

Critical Thesis Presentation

I just completed my third semester in Hamline’s MFAC program. I had to write and present a critical thesis. If you’re interested, here is the presentation I gave on my paper. Maybe I’ll post the paper at some point, too. One semester to go!

In Defense of the M.F.A.

I read an interesting article titled Why Writers Love to Hate the M.F.A. The article details the rise in MFA programs and discusses the backlash to it. Overall, it’s a pretty balanced article that says, “There are more MFA programs now, and some people don’t like that.” (Don’t be threatened by my mad summarizing skills – I’m … [Read more…]

Sunday Was Not a Day of Rest

I woke up today with the hopes of finishing a writing project that I started with a friend. It’s not for school, but I’m a little ahead of the game in that regard, so I thought it would be good to knock it out. Bromleigh was otherwise occupied presenting her thoughts on parenting to a … [Read more…]

Semester Three

I am halfway done with my MFA program. This realization makes me sad. I predicted that the program would go by quickly, and unfortunately that seems to be the case. I enjoy it so much that I don’t want it to end. I’m entering my third semester, which means that I have to produce a … [Read more…]

The Curse of Getting Better

When I was in fourth grade I was convinced I would be an author. I wrote stories. That’s what authors did. I had no thoughts to the difficulty or pragmatism of such a pursuit. In fact, as a fourth grader, I collected stories from my friends, and was fairly certain the anthology would be published. … [Read more…]

A Breath

The last time I wrote on this blog, I was preparing to head to summer residency in St. Paul. It’s been a whirlwind since then, so much so that I don’t even think that I’ve had time to properly reflect on my experience. Fat cat teachers like me have summers off. Of course, my “summer … [Read more…]

Hopped Up On Blog

This is the first time that I’ve participated in a blog hop. Basically, it’s a virtual game of hot potato – a blogger answers some questions and then passes it on to the next blogger. I find myself in this position thanks to fellow Hamline writer Anna Palmquist. I met Anna at residency in January. … [Read more…]