I know I haven’t updated my blog very often in the past year or so, but I’m slowly trying to get back into the swing of things. I had an unintended hiatus because, as we all know, life and jobs and health do get in the way sometimes. But I also know that keeping my blog updated, at least once a month, will help me feel better about my dedication to my writing career.
In other news, I’m also doing more short story and essay writing lately, as well as submitting to literary magazines. I just received my first “nice” rejection from One Story the other day, so that was encouraging to keep on going.
This video was filmed a little more than a year ago when I spoke to Marist College English majors about post-grad life and how to get a job in the professional world. Play the video below to watch the full talk.
Just wanted to quickly announce that I’ve accepted a Marketing Associate position at Penguin Random House where I’ll be working on audio books for the Books on Tape (BOT) and Listening Library imprints. I’m so excited to be working full time in publishing again!
I’m pretty sure this past October has been the oddest month I’ve ever experienced, in a good way. I signed the lease on an apartment in New York City, met one of my favorite writers, Karen Russell, at a Center for Fiction event and asked her about MFA programs and for her autograph (she also wrote, “keep writing, yo!”), went to Vegas, and came back to a hurricane. No power or internet for a week–which I must say is a literary person’s haven, but not great for blogging. And it looks like the weirdness will continue this month too with the Nor’easter raging outside my window right now.
With all of the above going on, I’ve delayed a few posts I planned to put up in October and am just starting fresh this month.
I am honored to announce that Aine Greaney, author of Dancing Lessons, The Big House, and Writer With a Day Job, recently published an interview with me on her blog (check it out). In the interview, I discuss ways I’ve been trying to balance work and writing, and also why I care about having a day job in the first place, especially as a young writer.
Thank you, Aine, for your terrific work as a writer, and for helping me get my voice out there.