(Now the formatting is back to normal. This is exhausting).
Personally, I think it’s one of the most incredible covers I’ve seen. It perfectly depicts the tone of this sequel. You know, sequels are tricky. While I’ve been writing this sequel I’ve been pursuing a second masters, an MFA at Vermont College of Fine Arts. It’s a low residency program, meaning, you live at home and go there 2x a year for residencies. Between residencies you work one on one with an advisor. These advisors are not just any old writers either. I worked with, in order: AM Jenkins – Printz winner – (Damage), Sharon Darrow (Trash, Painters of Lexiville), Franny Billingsley – NBA Finalist – (Chime) – Sarah Ellis – (Odd Man Out). Yea…you get my point. Amazing.
And it’s hard. And complicated, and you think you might die. But you do it because you will not quit. No you won’t.
So during all of this amazingness, I was working on my sequel. I learned an enormous amount. I know that seems rather general, and it is. But what can I say? Okay, I learned about the balance of scene and summary, focalization, objective correlative, etc, etc. You can call these terms whatever you want but the purpose of an MFA as far as I am concerned is to deepen your understanding of the English language while honing the craft of creative writing. If that’s the purpose, then I have never felt more prepared to dive back into my work.
Also, there is a themed party every residency. There was an 80s party during the summer and I thought I would share this gem with you:
But in the mean time, I will keep working and updating more (I promise).