I graduated with my MFA in Creative Writing a year and a half ago. Since then, my life has not changed much. I write a little more, but not enough. Professionally, I’m still working in education. I had a stint at adjunct teaching at a local community college, but it was ESL, not Composition or Creative Writing. For a while I really wanted to find a job teaching writing on the college level, but 1) I haven’t published enough to get a full-time position; 2) I just cannot handle a full-time job AND adjuncting AND a family; and 3) Honestly I probably make more teaching public school than I would teaching full-time at a community (or maybe even four-year) college.
As far as publishing, I published more in 2009 and 2010 (i.e., while I was still in school) than I did in 2011. But I didn’t send out many submissions in 2011, either. What I did to in 2011 is blog more, join Twitter, and network with other writers more. I am hoping this will eventually benefit me when it comes to writing, but for now I am really excited to have a cyber community of writer-types!
So all this brings me to today, with my not-quite-finished poetry chapbook, a few fiction works-in-progress, and a amalgam of non-fiction pieces. I’m reading a spiritual memoir right now called Girl Meets God, and it’s really inspired me to write a spiritual memoir. I have a lot of stuff on my blog that I can use, plus I have 40 pages of a manuscript I submitted to a contest that I can use. Initially I was just going to write about my conversion to Orthodoxy, but now I am working on pieces about growing up as a missionary’s kid and the Protestant church (Church of the Nazarene) I was raised in also. I think I have some really good material that can eventually be an interesting spiritual memoir.
Most of my problem is finding time to write. I work full time, so I am gone from the house from 6:45 to 4:00ish each day. When I get home, I try to devote time to my kids, catch up on laundry, cook supper, etc. While I sometimes blog or surf the net during the kids’ one hour of TV every night, I rarely write until after they have gone to bed. However, there are many nights that I go to bed right after the kids go to bed. Meaning, in bed by 8:30, asleep by 9:00. Pitiful!! But I’ve been getting up at 4:30 to try to exercise, so I’m pretty beat by 9:00.
Whine, whine. I know.
But. I now have a little more motivation. My husband is writing a book proposal. He and his friend have a good – well, let’s just say it – great idea for a book about the Christian faith for teenagers. As in an idea that will probably fly, a book that will probably sell.
And if my husband publishes a book before I do, I’m going to be so pissed!!!! I’m the one with the MFA! I’m the one who’s been writing since age seven!!!
Sorry. Calming down now.
One word: Motivation.