How has that worked out so far?
Well, I've managed to get a "day job" that has nothing to do with writing, but that feels important to me, doing HIV outreach for the AIDS Office of the San Francisco Department of Public Health.
I've continued learning, because even when I'm not in school I can't stop doing that. Some endeavors haven't quite worked out. The Free University of San Francisco, for example, has continued to face its challenges, and has moved in some directions I've decided to step away from, though I wish them the best of luck. But there have certainly been other bright spots in my learning about the world from outside of academia.
I've done readings, at events like Quiet Lightning, Bitchez Brew and New Poetry Mission.
I've lived as a writer, yes. And I believe I've earned that er most of all because, as I set out to do in that first post, I've been writing.
Now, I'm preparing for next steps. I've been hearing back from MFA programs, and so far, every school I've heard from has accepted me. Joyful news, yes, but so much for the rejections helping me narrow it down! Now I have quite the decision to make, including whether I want to study poetry or fiction.
I'll let you know as soon as I'm sure where my next steps will take me. Until then, I'm getting giddy for change...