Graduate School

I heard today, a little earlier than usual. I didn’t get in.That puts me in with the 817 people who are getting rejected, rather than the 25 who get in to the world-renowned program. I can live with that…

This means I don’t have to worry about how to juggle school with a husband who lives in another town and a baby. I will be able to focus on the family and start the next novel when I get finished rewriting the one I’m working on.

Speaking of rewriting, I finally got a good idea of where i want to go on that last YA novel, so focusing on that one is good. I probably rushed it – it takes me time to get enough distance to really know what I want to say and how I want to say it.

If I ever apply again, I’ll take all the things I learned this time and make a better application. Might even get in. I must remember it isn’t a commentary that I’m a bad writer – I’m just not ready at this point for the program. It’s not a commentary about publishability, either. (Is that even a word?)

On to the next challenge.


  1. Jamie said,

    5 March 2009 at 10:38

    Sorry you didn’t get in (I am assuming you are talking about the MFA at Iowa in Creative writing?)

  2. Dawn Embers said,

    5 March 2009 at 14:11

    Wow. Sorry you didn’t get in but it’s awesome that you applied. You’re my hero with all you have going on.

    I’ve considered Grad school but keep changing my mind on everything.

  3. Sarah said,

    5 March 2009 at 18:12

    You rock, with or without an MFA!

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