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yesterday—June 22, 2019—I graduated with my mfa in fiction from southern New Hampshire University’s low-residency mountainview mfa program. the 48 hours I spent among family and friends were beautiful, hectic, a little saddening (only because it’s the end of a fantastic two years), humbling in the sweetest ways, and a weekend I will never forget.
Not only did I have the honor of having my story, “have mercy,” published in assignment magazine, but I was surprised to be awarded the lynn safford memorial prize for fostering camaraderie amongst my peers. to me, any and every effort i’ve expended to bring my peers closer together has allowed me to reap immeasurable benefits in friendship, lessons learned, inspiration, and so much more. this award, along with the notes left by my peers in my graduation journal, and along with the hugs and smiles and tears and laughs over these last 24 months have left an indelible mark on my heart that i’m honored and happy to have.
Tonight, after a big party last night and a 4.5 hour drive home today, I will rest. Then, tomorrow, it’s back to writing: drafting, researching, editing, revising…because there’s always more to learn, always more to explore.
I was going to share this news yesterday—and I don’t usually post on weekends—but i was hanging out with some good folks i’d not seen since September, so here’s my second bit of good news for this week:
my short story, “have mercy” won the student fiction award for 2019 in assignment magazine. the issue comes out this summer. I have some thank yous to share:
i’m grateful to robin wasserman, my second-semester mfa mentor, who assigned the exercise that led to this story. it was a pastiche of a novel, and I had a lot of fun writing it. it ended up becoming its own thing, but it would never have come to be without that assignment.
i’m also grateful to Adam wilson, who not only selected my story for the win and publication, but also helped me hone it, name it, and invited me to participate in a reading in New Hampshire last month. i’m planning to read again from this story in august—keep your eyes out for more details. I know that reading will be in Brooklyn, ny.
the publication link will be live on my website when the issue comes out.
it’s been a really busy week for me. I had a freelance project I needed to finish up for a gig i’m actually leaving behind because even though I like the work overall, there’s just not time for it with my full-time job. so because of that, i’ve worked a lot of hours this week.
i’m also trying to work a little extra so I can take a shorter day tomorrow in preparation for Memorial Day weekend. as a result of all this work, I didn’t get around to a blog post yesterday. I did make progress on one of my novels, but the blog, while important to me, will always come after that work.
what’s the big news?
today is two weeks since I submitted my thesis to my mentor and second reader. in fact, by the time this post goes live, it will be really close to two weeks on the minute.
i’m actually grateful i’ve been so swamped with work because it’s kept my mind off checking my email obsessively this week (unlike last week when every ding on my phone or haptic buzz on my watch pulled me out of whatever I might have been doing at the time, save driving of course).
well, today I saw an email come in from my mentor. right cross the upper right corner of my laptop screen. the subject? “congrats!”
I fumbled with the trackpad and tried to open the email before the notification bubble disappeared. I didn’t make it, so with frantic fingers, I zoomed the mouse pointer to the dock and opened apple mail.
there it was, the email from my mentor. “congrats!” in the subject line. my mentor and second reader agreed that my thesis passed!
it’s official—i’m graduating with my MFA in Fiction on June 22 of this year. that’s less than a month from now.
I have to submit my thesis for archiving. before that though, I’m going to go through it one more time with a fine-toothed comb. this is perfectly acceptable behavior, and in fact, it’s recommended.
but after receiving that email this evening, nothing could hamper my elation.
stay tuned tomorrow for more good news, because I have more to share…but it deserves its own blog post.