I’m Only Happy When it Flows

If you’ve ever spent any considerable amount of time pounding away at a story then you know the frustration that comes with getting stuck on some idea you’re trying to convey. You writers know what Im talking about. No matter how hard you try, you just can’t seem to put things down in the right way.

On the other hand, there are the times when you cannot seem to get anything wrong. These are the spots in your writing where you are hammering away at the keys and it seems like every effing word you put to the page is solid gold. I like to call this writing sweet spot, “The Flow.”

Right now I am up to my temporal bones in some serious Flow, my friends. I started working on a new story on February 19th just for poops and chuckles, and as of today I hit about thirteen K’s worth of words. Awesome, right? It’s even extra special sweet because I got into the thing without any expectations about where it would go. I just set out to write something down in those rare moments when I wasn’t busy with school work or changing diapers and here I am with a story that I’m actually pretty stoked about. I have no idea how long The Flow is going to stick with me, but for now I’m just taking the time to appreciate a good story.

Denied: On Finding Out I Was Rejected By Graduate School

Well, it’s 99% official. I did not get into graduate school this year. Sad day. I’m not going to pretend like I’m not super bummed, because a totally am. However, I’ve decided to try out this thing called “look at the bright side” hat I keep hearing people talk about. Maybe you’ve heard of it? Apparently it involves looking at all the stuff that’s good in your life and being thankful for it. I don’t know how good I’m going to be at it, but here goes:

  1. My family – If having an awesome family was a prerequisite for getting into graduate school then I’m pretty sure they would have given me two spots just to accommodate how cool my wife and daughter are.
  2. My health – In the course of volunteering at hospitals and clinics over the past couple of years I have come across a lot of sick people who have things a whole lot worse than I do. I guarantee if you go and spend a couple of weeks volunteering in an ER you are going to leave that place with a totally different perspective on how good you have it.
  3. Everything I have learned – Over the past couple of years I have learned about integral calculus, physics, general chemistry, organic chemistry, human anatomy and physiology, microbiology, molecular biology, and some other sciencey stuff. Pretty sweet, right? The breadth of knowledge I’ve put into my brain has forever changed the way I look at the world. Plus, getting good grades in all those classes has made me feel really smart.
  4. Opportunities – Getting denied this year doesn’t mean that I can’t reapply next year. I’m planning on going through an EMT course this summer to make myself a bit more marketable to reapply next year. Not only that, but my kick-ass grades got me recommended to an invite-only cadaver prosection class next quarter which I am super stoked to be a part of.
  5. The chance to write – I feel like this should be under its own bullet point as I am so incredibly excited to be able to get back to work on the stories that have been brewing in my head.

I guess I’m not so bad at this bright side thing after all.