It's been such a long time since I posted. I think my focus has on my kids lately, yet at the same time it feels wrong to let things slip career-wise. Still trying to find a good balance.
Having said that, about a week ago I went to an appearance by Laura Moriarty, author of The Chaperone and creative writing professor at KU. The library was packed with people—a good sign. I went because I wanted to speak to her about getting an MFA, but I ended up enjoying her chapter reading, especially as it dealt with the Orphan Trains. I've told you about my grandmother, who was a mere baby when she travelled the trains from New York to Missouri. Not having read The Chaperone yet, I was pleasantly surprised to hear Ms. Moriarty touch on this subject. It, in fact, brought me to tears. While taking questions, I raised my hand and told her about Grandmother Marion. Afterwards, many women came up to me expressing their interest in the story. I think it's a good sign I should be writing that book one day! I've always meant to, wanted to, but it's a delicate subject in our family, and you can imagine my desire to handle it with the utmost care.
Then came the book signing I almost didn't get in line for because I didn't want to bug Ms. Moriarty, but I just had to ask about the MFA. I stood in line and finally got my chance to ask about the whole thing. Apparently one must have a degree, which I don't, to qualify for the MFA program. She said something about sending in a writing sample, and also about taking writing classes on the side. Anyway, the deadline to apply is December. I just don't know what to do, really. Right now I'm so focused on finding ways to make money to take care of the kids, and I just don't see that pursing an MFA would be the right thing to do. Maybe later. I think when it comes down to it, my kids need money for clothes and food and the dentist more than I need to go to college. When Liam starts all day school next year I'll most likely try to get a full time job. At least I have one book to be proud of.
I hope everyone is doing well. Fall is here!