Just a quick note here to let you all know that I’m standing on the edge of the grad school pool once again, preparing myself to dive headfirst into the application process a second time.
(So if I have a posting hiatus, please do forgive and understand. I’ll try to share new word things again with the world once all my digital app pigeons have departed on their separate journeys. And if I’m kind of out of it, gone from the world, or wrapped up in my own for the next 2 weeks, know that it’s me, not you, and that I like food and beer and would love to grab either/both with you after the app season has passed.)
But, know that I’ve been training these damn pigeons all year for this. I’ve put in a shit ton of hard work this past year — like writing 120+ new poems, taking a handful of writing classes (poetry and otherwise), reading a bunch of books (poetry and otherwise), performing around Atlanta and elsewhere, and even having things published in real-life journals — to better my odds of beating the odds. Like the literal 5-7% acceptance rate odds. Like “as hard as getting into med school” kind of odds. Like “damn son, you crazy” kind of odds. Here’s to hoping that maybe the crazy will be enough this time around.
And know that I’m extremely grateful for all my friends, family, and mentors who’ve helped me along in this process, each in their own ways. Despite our preferred love of alone time, us writerly folk do like the companionship, too, and you’re good people.
Catch y’all on the flipside.
— Justin / LWM
(P.S. – If you’ve got any good resources about MFA Creative Writing apping to share, please send them my way!)