Feb 13, 2010, 10:56 AM
Post #1352 of 2090
I just might have ended up there. Actually, I didn't realize how cryptic I'd been, but I got my MFA at FSU and am now at Utah, so if anyone has specific questions about those schools (or the decision process in general; I had 3 acceptances and visited each place), feel free to message me. Now that I'm at a school, I don't want to speak to candidly on the public forums.
I know my friends here said they heard around this time from U, but I didn't hear until late March. But I started out on the waiting list and now I'm on fellowship, so there is always hope (up until April 15....though, actually, I think my funding came in after that date, when I'd already accepted U.'s offer...)
Anyway, I am here.
To answer someone else's question about time to write......I was actually just talking to someone about this the other day, and how it is kind of a myth that you go to school to have time to write. Though that's actually not fair. Like I said, I am no fellowship, which means I'm not teaching while I take coursework. Because of that, I've felt a real responsibility to get my ass in gear and really make the best use of my time. Last semester I was writing more (though not all that much...I was a little burnt out from my MFA, and I was more focused on revising my mss than creating new work) and sending work out all the time, and I did have time for that. This semester I'm technically doing less, because I'm only taking two classes, but both of them are extremely demanding, and while I'm loving it, it has been rough not having as much writing time.
When you're doing your coursework, it is just harder to eke out time to write, but that's how it was during the MFA, too, at least for me, going to a lit-heavy program. That's what I, personally, really wanted then, because I was not an English major in undergrad, so there's a lot of gaps in my lit knowledge that I want to fill. I also think that sometimes it's more important to focus on making friends, going to all the events the dept. puts on, go to the visiting writers series and the student readings, volunteer for all kinds of shit. My writing practice has definitely changed since coming here. I actually write every day, but not for as long. Whereas I used to spend entire days writing, now I'll spread it out into little 20-30 minute chunks over the week, which feels like I'm writing all the time, because I'm just letting myself be with the project, even if nothing good comes from it.
Okay, I've rambled on way too long. Continued good luck and crossed fingers for you all!