|Celebrating our Success--so far|
Then I had to put the ten essays in order. Since they are far more associative and topical than chronological, this task proved most challenging--especially since by that point my brain had the consistency of scrambled eggs. Nonetheless, it was amazing to me how many themes or images, without my being conscious of them while writing, linked one essay to another or contributed to a narrative progression, even as there isn't a more traditional narrative arc like in a memoir or novel.
Now my adviser, who is not familiar with any of these pieces, is reading through the whole manuscript with fresh eyes. Next week she will present me with written feedback and we'll discuss next steps in a three-hour meeting. Then I'll have ten weeks to turn in the whole shebang, plus a preface, to her for final copy editing (with three deadlines followed by three more feedback sessions in between).
Thus far, my summer plans include a major overhaul (more cutting away, more development, more rearrangement), which requires rewriting and restructuring. In fact, something I plan to do before our first meeting is to comb through all of my class notebooks on lectures and readings to glean whatever craft techniques I can apply to my own work. I know the margins of those notebooks are filled with scribbled insights, none of which I compiled into a thesis notebook, of course!
In the meantime, I got laid off from my four-year position at the teen parent program childcare. But I've applied for a part-time position as Editorial Assistant at Sonoma Family Life Magazine, I had an interview this week with the Press Democrat for a position as Petaluma Towns Correspondent, and I will soon meet with the founder of a very cool local tutoring center, Go Grade A, which also offers workshops in creative writing, digital storytelling and college essay writing. And I may teach in the fall with Take My Word For It, where I helped secure a local class to expand the program to the north bay!
Coming Up Next--
- Life After the MFA: Publishing Your Writing
- Writer Residencies, Fellowships and Retreats