March 2014 ~ Word Alert
I am a word person. I love words. See? These are all the books I’m reading for school this semester.
*I’m earning my MFA in Creative Writing (with a concentration in Creative Non-Fiction) at Rosemont College (go Ravens!).
In the midst of all that reading, I’m also writing, writing, writing.
I write for my courses. I write articles on arts and entertainment and community news. I write commentary and personal essays (check out my Published page for recent additions). I write profiles. I write short stories for fun (new genre for me). I continue to write sections of several personal projects. I write a monthly newsletter for people who sign up here. I write Tweets and FB updates. That’s all through my computer. I also write by hand, too, in a notebook — ideas, outlines, quips, whatever pops into my head. I write letters. Oh, and I journal.
Did I mention that I love words?
My one memoir (I have three) began as an idea about nine years ago. I worked on bits and pieces, but the subject matter wasn’t ready to be fully explored at the time. Now, it’s about 1/3 of the way completed and is my thesis. It has its very own flash drives, too, along with more form and structure than before. I’m typing and organizing the handwritten notes I scribbled during the past two years in my spiral-book-for-jotting-things-down-before-I-forget-them. This work is coming together in a real way for the first time and there’s one word for that — exciting!
And that’s just one piece I’m working on. I hope my fingers can keep up with my brain! I have much to say (apparently) and love to create with words. In school and in my free time (what?), I’m reading others who feel/felt the same way. In graduate school, I’ve not only met others who *heart* words and language, craft and form, writing as art as much as I do, but I spend enormous amounts of time with them reading, writing, critiquing, collaborating, sifting, crafting, and then cheering when it really REALLY works.
Working with words and being creative in these various ways is so overwhelmingly awesome, it could cause me to be at a loss for words… almost.
There’s so much to read, so much to communicate and convey. I often find myself wishing there were more hours in the day. Since there aren’t, I’ll just keep plugging away: one book, one course, one memoir, one spiral notebook — one word — at a time.
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