About the Blog
Here is the story of why my blog was born and how it evolved during it’s three-year run…
During college, I majored in psychology and minored in creative writing. My true passion was writing, and it was my dearest ambition to one day become a published children’s/YA author. I grew as a writer under the guidance of two amazing professors and mentors, and I wrote and revised two novels during my undergraduate career. I felt as though my career goals were attainable, but I was also worried. I knew that it was very difficult to make a living on one’s writing alone. Plus, at that time (2008), the economy was at rock-bottom, and I’d had no luck with my initial submissions to publishers.
Artists of all types have asked themselves the difficult question that I had to ask myself: Is it worth it to risk poverty in pursuit of one’s dreams?
Alas, I decided not to take the risk. I believed that it would be in my best (financial) interest to stick with psychology–something that I liked and excelled at–and to work toward becoming a college professor. I thought that, with an academic career, I’d be able to write in my “free time.” (That’s in quotations because now I consider myself horribly naive for thinking that I would have any free time at all. Just because professors don’t usually teach in the summer, it doesn’t mean they don’t have plenty to do!) I entered the PhD program in cognitive psychology at Tufts University in the fall of 2008 and conducted metamemory research while there. During that time, I created this blog so that I could tie my psychology interests to my interests in writing, art, and creativity. I enjoyed learning about the psychology of creativity on my own and made multiple research posts on this blog. But, after three years of graduate school, I decided to leave Tufts in May of 2011 with my Master’s degree. I just missed writing too much, and the job market for professors of cognitive psychology isn’t exactly booming. If I’m going to be up to my ears in student loans regardless, why not do the work I truly love?
So now it’s January 2012, and I’ve recently finished my first semester as a student in the Writing for Children and Young Adults MFA program at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. I’m updating this blog summary after returning from my second 10-day residency, and I really only have one word to describe the VCFA experience: WOW! I could go on and on about the sense of community at VCFA, the genius of the faculty, and the talent of my absolutely wonderful classmates, but then I wouldn’t actually get any homework done…
And homework–writing and reading and thinking and dreaming–is my priority now, which is why I will no longer be updating this blog. VCFA’s unofficial motto is “Trust the Process,” and I’ve committed myself 100% to their work ethic. I can’t wait to see where this VCFA journey takes me. I’ll do my best to trust the process, trust my advisors, trust my fellow writers…and, most of all, to trust myself.
This blog may have reached its end, but my writing career is just beginning, and you haven’t heard the last from me.
Enjoy the archives, and take care!
- A Burning Day: Blog Rebirth Underway (psychofwriting.wordpress.com)