Hello, it's been awhile. 2016 has been quite a year for me (for all of us I am sure) and I'd love to tell you about some new stuff.
For starters, I am currently over halfway done with my graduate program at CSULB. In less than a little over six months, I will obtain my Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing. I'll be a master! Just kidding. Getting a Master's Degree, I've learned, in no way makes me a master of writing. However, it has made me better (I think). It was a creative challenge that allowed me to explore my own writing process and meet great writers in my own backyard. Not everything has been a success, but rigorous workshop and lots of reading has made me appreciate the art of writing even more.
The program has also given me some time to contemplate my professional life and what kind of career situation might meet my needs as a person. Yes, I am someone who wants to foolishly love their work. Having these two years to reflect on what matters to me and to try different things has led me towards teaching.
The people that I encountered in my journalistic pursuits have been (and still are) so generous and gracious with their time. They taught me so much about writing, especially how to know your audience and to cater to them. I definitely want to keep writing and attempt to submit stories to different publications a la Rory Gilmore (i know. just go with it, ok?). The work of freelancing continues to be so formative in my own writing because keeps writing very current and keeps me thinking about the uses of rhetoric, which is partly why my professional interests have shifted a little.
Being an English professor is something I never saw for myself. It seemed to take a lot of confidence and patience that I didn't think I had. However, I had the opportunity to teach this semester and I can say from experience that I was right about the confidence and patience. I've also found that teaching also demands creativity, determination, and lots of nervous dreams. It was such an adventure to teach and work with students, something I looked forward to every time I went into the classroom (albeit anxiously).
This fresh website showcases the small steps I've taken down this new path. I honestly don't know where it's going to lead, but, I am extremely excited and hopeful.