sabbatical update – fall 2022

One month away from returning to teaching, and I’m feeling okay with my accomplishments. I completed my chapbook manuscript. Here’s the synopsis:

Unraveling disentangles the strands of the narrator’s life in order to reveal a woman’s capacity to unknot pesky relationships and unsnarl nasty situations. As she unravels the troubling bits, she knits together a freshly-pressed fabric of hope, joy, and love.

And here’s the full list of stuff I did:

July

  1. submitted VCEL article to Metropolitan Journal (7/7)
  2. connected with writing group
  3. compiled list of journals & deadlines
  4. researched chapbook publishers

August

  1. applied to artist residencies
  2. read various essays, memoirs, and books re: writing
  3. submitted “a rip in the fabric” (8/15)
  4. began The Artist’s Way 12-week course (8/24)
  5. submitted “Why I get up early” (8/31)

September

  1. met with memoir chat group (9/6)
  2. submitted three shorts: “black coffee,” “disorganized,” and “mouse” (9/9)
  3. attended Creekside Arts residency in Eureka, California (9/21-9/28)
  4. read three works (“Unraveling,” “Three Shorts,” & “Bubba”) @Creekside Arts (9/25)
  5. published “Why I get up early” on Brevity Blog (9/26)
  6. read various essays, memoirs, and books re: writing

October

  1. met with memoir chat group (10/21)
  2. submitted “a retreat to advance” (10/24)
  3. received acceptance for “three shorts” from Rathalla Review (10/30)
  4. read various essays, memoirs, and books re: writing
  5. started Write Your Memoir Month 2022 self-guided class (10/31-11/25)

November

  1. submitted Unraveling chapbook (11/11)
  2. completed The Artist’s Way 12-week course (11/16)
  3. submitted “cousins” (11/20)
  4. outlined memoir, Fanning the Flame
  5. drafted first chapter of memoir
  6. completed Write Your Memoir Month 2022 self-guided class (11/22)
  7. submitted “between” (11/22)

December

  1. began weekly blog posts (12/9)
  2. read various essays, memoirs, and books re: writing

Classes completed

  1. Personal Essay (April)
  2. The Artist’s Way (August – November)
  3. Write Your Memoir Month (October – November)

Chapbook completed

Unraveling (November)

Essays published

  1. Why I get up earlyBrevity Blog
  2. three shorts: black coffee, disorganized & mouse – forthcoming in Rathalla Review
  3. a retreat to advance?
  4. cousins?
  5. between?

Residency attended

Creekside Arts (September)

About BJ

living the dream in northern Utah
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