After is looming…

This whole experience is getting a lot more real now!

Last night was my thesis defense. I sat down with three of my professors, three people whose opinions and work I deeply respect, and tried not to sound like a blubbering idiot as I fielded questions about my project. It started out pretty rough, I forgot everything I wanted to say, couldn’t remember anything about my stories. Bit by bit I warmed up. By the end of the meeting I felt like a rock star.

And I passed.

Sorry, let me rephrase: I PASSED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I chose my board because I knew they’d be hard on me and and demand excellence, so I was anxious about the defense. They ended up having a lot of very complimentary things to say about my writing. Some great ideas about where to go next, too. Plus they all encouraged me to keep writing and working and pushing myself. As if I could stop!!

It’s been a long and stressful process, but I’m so proud of my collection and so excited to have been deemed worthy by three people whose opinions matter on a personal level. Now I just have to finish up my kid’s lit class and Life After MFA will really be in the “after” stage.




  1. Mommabear

    NO, not YIKES – HIP HIP HOORAY! It may feel like out-of-the-frying-pan-into-the-fire now, but you are about to embark on the REAL adventure! Cannot wait to read your novel…

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