Friday, January 7, 2011

Conquered Lands, Lands Yet to Conquer

In 2010 I …

1) Earned my MFA, completing a thesis-length novel

2) Held a teaching job at a private nursing college over the summer and was offered employment there for fall.

3) Was offered and accepted a full-time postdoctoral teaching fellowship at LSU

4) At LSU Press helped in the editorial process for several books, such as Ledgers of History, Selected Letters of Robert Penn Warren: Backward Glances and New Visions, 1969-1979,and Abbot Awaits.

4) Gained the interest of an agent in my fiction

5) Completed a semester of full-time college teaching

6) Maintained friendships with a large circle of people

7) Kept two cats healthy and happy

8) Practiced making pizza, chicken kiev, and a few other things

9) Prepared house for sale

10 Won the graduate playwriting award

11) Planted pansies

12) Made a lot of pies and cheesecakes

13) Continued helping judge the book contests at Carolina Wren Press

2011 Goals

1) Revise my novel to the point that I want to resubmit it to the agent

2) Write several first drafts of plays

3) Continue revising and submitting poems to magazines

4) Submit plays to contests

5) Sell house

6) Continue the gainful employment at LSU

7) Seek gainful employment in North Carolina upon relocating

8) Learn to make bistro-style lamb and pork dishes

9) Pursue exercise I enjoy

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