Not many people know this, but I started graduate school for my MFA in January.
I am still working full time, but I decided that this goal was one I seriously wanted to accomplish for myself and to push myself academically and personally, to become a better writer.
My motto for this new year has been to just go for it, and that’s what I am doing. The residency proved to me that I made the right decision. Never in my life did I connect so quickly to my peers and mentors. I felt like even though I only met these people ten days ago, it felt like we had been friends for a lifetime! I was surrounded by the most brilliant writers, and the energy was contagious. All in all, it was the single most overwhelming (but in the best way) thing I had ever experienced.
And now, the real work of practicum begins. For those of you who are or have previously been in grad school, especially a low residency program, what advice would you give?
As most of you know, I started this blog in the summer of 2015 with the intention of sharing my travel photos and stories, and also reconnecting with my passion for writing. If you’ve been following my journey, you know that recently that passion has blossomed and resulted in many publications and even my first chapbook!
It is for this reason that I wanted to announce my new website, www.karaknickerbocker.com. This is a more professional site where I will list my publications, upcoming readings & events, author news, etc.
I will continue to have this site for my travel blog and other experiences.
Those who have stuck past me the past year and a half, I want to extend to you the most heartfelt thank you. I never knew what your support could mean to me.
I may be taking a break from traveling, but don’t worry- you’ll find me in some corner of the universe soon!
Remember that time I joined the Madwomen in the Attic workshops at Carlow University? If you don’t, I wrote all about how excited (and nervous) I was, and about the class here.
Time does fly when you’re having fun. I have been a Madwoman for over a year now, and it’s one of the greatest chances I’ve taken on myself.
I’m thrilled to announce that on Friday, December 2nd, I will be reading at the Madwomen Book Party from the anthology Voices from the Attic Volume XXII, where I have two poems published.
Here are the details:
Madwomen Book Party, Reading & Fundraiser
Voices from the Attic, Volume XXII
Friday, December 2nd, 2016
Community Broadcast Center
90.5 WESA Studios
67 Bedford Square, South Side
Hope to see you there!
Great news! My poems “Formula” and “Saved” will appear in the anthology Voices from the Attic Volume XXII, which will be published Fall 2016.
Remember my last post on becoming a marathoner?
It was an incredible experience, but let’s get real- I still felt like I was getting hit very hard by an 18-wheeler in slow motion. For those of you who swear on your life you’ll never run one, here’s an inside look from my perspective.
1.Really, all races are just an event you pay for just to stand in line for porta potties and slowly die.
2. Wow. I can’t believe I am actually about to do this. Why would anyone do this?
3. OMGherewego! Can’t turn back now.
4. Remember, start out slow and get comfortable, we’re gonna be here for a while. Like, a VERY long while…
5. You’re running a full marathon while everyone else is still asleep or nursing a hangover. Yay, go you! (Oh, how things have changed.)
6. *Sees sign “If Trump can run for this long, so can you.”* Oh boy, that’s a good one.
7. Look at these women. They are kicking ass right now and are probably twice my age. #GOALS
8. This sunrise would be so much better if I was sitting on the beach instead of running past it.
9. I really have to pee. Already. Ugh, of course I do.
10. Down goes gel #1. This won’t be pretty.
11. Yep, that’s the most disgusting thing I’ve ever had. *Chases with water.* Whoa, they’re wearing speedos at this water station. *Chokes on water.*
12. Great job on running a half marathon! Now, all you have to do is just do it all over again. Piece of cake.
13. Look, there’s my family!!! Thank God. (Running this isn’t easy, but standing & waiting this long for me probably isn’t very fun, either.)
14. I didn’t even know I could chafe there.
15. Swallowing a salt tab while running…probably not the best idea.
16. If I drink more, I’ll have to pee more. But if not, I’ll risk dehydration. Decisions, decisions.
17. *Smiles at every camera man* If I’m only doing this once, I need to look good in these pictures.
18. Almost to mile 20, I can do this!
19. Is that Lake Erie in my sports bra or just a pool of sweat? Ick.
20. What’s the probability that I will lose a toenail from this? Because I think I am right this second.
21. Oh. Crap. So this is the wall they were talking about… just ran smack into it.
22. Do I even have kneecaps anymore? I can’t even feel anything.
23. *Thinks about quitting 587 times* *Curses everything under the sun* *Hates people who have already finished and/or are still looking good at this point*
24. This is the worst. Why would anyone put themselves through this? Dedicating this mile to how stupid I am for signing up for this in the first place.
25. You’ve got less than a 5k left. SUCK. IT. UP.
26. You are SO close! Soon you’ll be eating chocolate cake and celebrating and wearing that medal around your neck all damn day. Keep going!!!
26.1. DONE. I FINISHED. OMG. I DID IT. I can cross this off my bucket list and NEVER do it again.
26.2. I heard Richmond has a nice fall marathon…I wonder if I could get a new PR if I just train harder?
Never say never 😉
Yes, I am. Check out my new piece over at Odyssey here.
Then tell him #boybye.