Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Writing Update

I haven’t done a writing update in forever.

* Two weekends ago I sent out a bunch of query letters to agents. A bunch probably totally about 4, but I don’t know because I don’t have my list on this computer. I’ve gotten one rejection already, and one letter telling me to send the query to a different email address (and thus contradicting the information on the website.)

* Emma’s finished the illustrations! Unfortunately due to my Flash Player problems, I can’t really get them uploaded the way I want to right now, so the site remains unfinished.

* Remember how I mentioned the problems with the Wizards of the Coast Discoveries website? Well, apparently, according to several spots on the internet, they’re folding at the end of the year. I have been unable to locate any official announcement, just several authors complaining because their projects were canceled as a result.

* I did a lot of research into a couple more MFA programs, including a very exciting one at University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Not sure how I’d afford it, but it’d be fun. The deadline is November 7, so I need to get my ass in gear. On the upside, once I get everything together for that application, I’ll essentially have everything I’d need to apply to any other program (US application dates are generally in December or January).

I’m still unconvinced as to the value of getting my MFA, so I’m narrowing my search to only programs I find really exciting.

* I also found this interesting article in the NY Times about writers who teach. It didn’t make me want to run out and get my MFA so I can get a teaching job.

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In 1789, the governor of Australia granted land and some animals to James Ruse in an experiment to see how long it would take him to support himself. Within 15 months he had become self sufficient. The area is still known as Experiment Farm. This is my Experiment Farm to see how long it will take me to support myself by writing.