I’ve neglected this blog for nearly two years. The last sabbatical was because my mother passed away and I was learning how to live without her. This time, I have a more positive reason for my absence. I spent the last 16+ months completing my Master’s Degree. Magna Cum Laude, thank you, very much. I’m extremely happy and feel accomplished. I’ve wanted to earn my master’s degree for a while.
So, even though I’ve not been blogging, I’ve still been writing lots of academic papers. Regarding my novel, though, it pains me to admit that I’m still not finished. But I’m farther along than I’ve ever been. I know the outline for the rest of this story, and everything. I only have to finish. Seems easy enough.
A woman in my writers’ group (which is still in high gear) told us about a free semester-long creative non-fiction workshop at George Washington University. The program only invites 15 people to participate and they had 78 applicants this time. Here’s the deal: I was not invited into the program. I even posted the workshop notice on my vision board and still didn’t make it! I received the insipid rejection email notice today. How many rejections did Stephen King get before he finally published? Dozens. How many active years did Alex Haley write before he found success? Eight.
I am a wee bit disappointed I didn’t get into that writing workshop. Maybe my cover letter was too weak. Maybe they hated my writing sample. Maybe I was the 16th person on the list (or the 78th) and just didn’t make the cut. Or, the main reason could be that God doesn’t want me there right now. Besides, the workshop would have been yet another distraction away from finishing my novel. I’ll just keep my rear end at home and get ‘er done.
If any of you out there missed my blog, thank you! I’m sorry I was away so long. But I’m back now with a song in my heart, a story in my head, and fingers aching to tickle the keyboard. Thanks for staying with me. Your prayers and encouragement means a lot to me.