The MFA game

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“Why are you applying to these programs at this point in your life? What are you hoping to gain from this experience?”

I’ve been mulling over that question all day regarding applying to MFA programs. It’s one of the questions from Tom Kealey’s book, The Creative Writing Handbook and I posted on a previous post three years ago. So as I embark on this MFA game, I struggle with this question because I’ve wanted the MFA so bad, but why? Continue reading

Five Year Blog-aversary

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Five years ago, if someone told me I’d still be blogging, I wouldn’t believe it.
I was in my mid twenties and was gung ho about working in publishing.
I was living in New York City having the time of my life.
I was working at the College Board.
I was studying for the GRE.
I took the GRE for the first and last time in my life.
I applied to obtain my masters in fine arts degree at schools across the country.
I had visited San Francisco for the first time.
I was enrolled in Landmark Education (more on that in another post).
I started my horror blog.
I saw No Doubt in concert (for the first time) at Jones Beach (fantastic venue). Continue reading

Creative Non Fiction/Personal Essay Writing

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I’m currently enrolled in a Craft of Writing workshop at UC Berkeley Extension and this week, we had to write Creative Nonfiction. As a fiction writer, this was difficult to do. You can’t hide behind fabrications of your creativity. This kind of writing is about putting yourself on the page using conventions of fiction writing. Continue reading

Statements: how much can they help?

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bkwriter4life:

I applied to MFA programs four years ago and am gearing up to go through this again. However, I don’t feel as anxious because I am confident with my writing this time around. And also, I’m applying to only two schools. This post (which I just recently discovered and will be re-visited) was helpful regarding the personal statement. Check it out!

Originally posted on Affording the MFA:

Writers often ask what they should put into a statement, and how influential these very short writings are in the whole of admissions. 

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25 Things a Former New Yorker Learns The First Year in SF

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Piggybacking off of Bold Italic’s article about 25 things you learn first year in SF, I have compiled a few of my own.

BART is a joke. Public transportation doesn’t run 24/7. If you live in SF, your social life won’t be too bad, unless you want to spend mad dough on late night taxis. If you live in Oakland, Good luck with that.

Which brings me to, Lyft, Sidecar, Uber, etc. Use these apps. They are more accessible than yellow taxi cabs.

Bars close around 2 am. This means two things: lots of day drinking parties on the weekends and getting to a bar and/or club around 11ish to be kicked out a quarter to 2 am.

People Actually wait at the crosswalk when there is a red light. You will look weird for crossing the street when they aren’t approaching cars.

SF Fun cheap is the website to check daily for kool activities to do in the Bay Area. Including a shout out to The Guardian and SF Weekly.

Museum Mile? Psh. SF has First free Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sundays of the month of most museums in the Bay Area. In addition to the many art walks that occur on every other weekend/day of the week.

The SF public library is gorgeous, has many resources, and a great place to spend your time – if it wasn’t smack in the middle of the Tenderloin.

Drink and smoke grass in public? In a park? During the day? Don’t mind if I do! No way that would Ever happen on the east coast.

Union Square in SF is Not the same as Union Square in Manhattan. Think Fifth Avenue.

You can find a Farmer’s Market in almost every part of the Bay Area year round.

SF rent Really is more expensive that Manhattan rent. Seriously.

Hmmm…pupusas in the Mission are the Best…ever!

Chain bookstores in the Bay area? What’s a chain? Lots of awesome bookstores to browse new and old books all over.

There’s a lot of friendly flirtiness going on here; so girls And guys, tread lightly.

The sights in this town are literally to die for. Gorgeous. Can’t get enough of the eye porn.

Muni, BART, SamTrans, CalTrain, AC Transit – all different transit agencies with different fares, schedules, and service different sections of the Bay Area. Clipper Card is like the Metrocard. As thick as a credit card. Register your card online. Very helpful to track down if and when you ever lose it.

For Broadway lovers, the Theater district in this town is non-existent. There are traveling big name shows and a handful of theaters that all together make up a theater community, but no, there isn’t a theater district where you can show up and decide to see a show for the day or night. There is no TKTS, unfortunately.

It’s-It – is a thing. One bite of the yummy ice cream sandwich deliciousness and you’ll be hooked.

Free walking tours of SF all the time. Yes, Free! http://www.sfcityguides.org/

Old school movie theater houses are beautiful and a must to watch a movie in them; the experience is unforgettable.

Safeway is on every corner. It’s like your [insert closest supermarket here]. Same difference.

No bodegas. There are many delis though.

Union square and the Westfield Mall are good for shopping. Any name brand and familiar chain store you like or love? You’ll find at one of these locations (also in walking distance of each other).

Super Duper Burger is the poor man’s Shake Shack. And you will never want to eat McDonald’s again after eating at In-and-Out Burger.

Layers are your best friend. Always always always carry a light sweater or jacket. You never know.

What Makes a Good Live Show?

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What is a good performance? I recently went to a few concerts back to back this past weekend, Live 105’s BFD and The Faint, respectively, and discussed a few performers from the BFD concert with a co-worker. Continue reading