Friday, February 18, 2011


OK, so for the last two-plus years, I've been using the phrase "When I'm done with school..." to start a wide range of sentences.

"When I'm done with school, I will take on more paying work."

"When I'm done with school, I will keep the house clean."

"When I'm done with school, we'll look into taking in a foster child."

"When I'm done with school, I will make dinner for my family every night."

"When I'm done with school, I will do yoga every morning."

I pictured my post-MFA life to be this magical time of, well, time.

I mean, no more packets! No more thesis! No more reading list! No more monthly essay deadlines!

But then I remembered that the whole goal of getting my MFA was to (1) become a better writer; and (2) do more of my own (read: non-client) writing.

Which means, if you're following me here, that I still need to be writing essays. And reading. And setting those deadlines.

Why hadn't I realized this?? Why is this such a shock??

To keep myself going, I'm considering registering for a post-grad workshop with deadlines that are even TIGHTER than the ones I had during my MFA work.


It needs to be done, though. Because I don't want to get lazy. I didn't spend a bazillion dollars (and a few tears) on that degree to spend the rest of my writing life with regrets.

And, plus, who wants to just sit around scrubbing the floor, anyway?

P.S. In addition to the workshop I'm (almost sure I'm) joining, I'm launching another of my own here in Rochester! There are just three spots left in the March Small-Group Writer's Workshop. This relaxed, fun and productive workshop will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on March 3, 10, 17, and 24. To get in on the action or to learn more, send me a message at


  1. Sounds so familiar. I said the same thing as I worked on my master's degree. Hard to believe I'm almost a year done, but I've been working hard with a lot of new things to show.

    Keep working at it! With time and aggressive goals, you'll get there!

  2. Oh, I'm working on it... I'm just not sleeping. :)

    Thanks for your kind words -- it's reassuring to know I'm not alone!