My Aesthetic Manifesto

As the fall semester comes to a close, I reflect on how my first year in graduate school flew by and what I’ve learned as a writer and about myself.

First, updates! VONA (Voices of Our Nation) is the best workshop I had the pleasure of attending this past summer. I connected with wonderful writers of color and it rejuvenated me in ways I couldn’t even put into words. I now have another family that I will always be connected to until I die. It’s amazing, really. Continue reading

AWP and other things

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AWP is, as I’ve been describing to non-readers and writers, is the Comic-Con for word nerds, with networking in the mix. Some people can find this networking aspect at writing conferences in general, exhausting and inauthentic. I get that. But because I’m not daunted by this at all, I always enjoy these conferences. Also, there was a book fair! I had to buy all the books (but not really, some books were free) and support not only my instructors at school but to the upcoming writers of color as well.  Continue reading

Instead Of

Instead of writing…I’ve been spending time with a new kool guy that makes me happy. I’m having a great time but I’ve been crazy distracted. Continue reading

Writer Shenanigans

I’m so behind ya’ll. Life and stuff. But ya know the da deal. Continue reading

Experimental Fiction

Learning a lot this week.

The Bachelor shows me what not to do while dating.

Prose and poetry can copy each other.

Playing with form opens me up to try new experiences with my work.

Experimental Fiction

My future has film criticism on the horizon.

Re-watching The Office reminds me why I can’t stand office culture. And how much I love Pam and Jim.

I have fallen in love with Gina Rodriguez as a real person on Jane the Virgin.

In relation to my MFA and writing? Lot of fodder to get on the page. I also realize that I am a romantic. And that I’ve never dated, really.

I also work well under pressure and hard pressed deadlines.

Real brief. There will be more next week.

Also, Kendrick Lamar speaks da truth!

Yoga & Writing

Last week, I had some funky energy and had to take care of myself emotionally, so that affected my flow (hence my lack of post). But everything turns around so very quickly when you are mindful and take care of yourself mentally and physically.

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Second Semester Thoughts

First week of classes of graduate school. TA-ship is going well so far. Jazzed about my workshop class – it’s a non-conventional approach I’m really responding to. We’re doing in class writing, out of class experiences to infuse in our work and some fun projects to keep us exploring the way we generate content before putting it down on the page.  Continue reading