It’s Been A While

So yeah … it’s been a while.

To be honest, I could have sworn that I’d posted since announcing my acceptance into Grad School. Seems I haven’t so let’s do a little recap of the past year or so.

Yes, I am still pursing my MFA. Seton Hill has been good to me. I was paired up with a New York Times best selling author who acted as a mentor for my first two semesters. Maria V Synder was and is great. Now that I’ve entered my third semester, I got a new mentor (this is according to plan and everyone does it) – Scott Johnson, a horror author out of Texas. He’s a lot of fun and I’m looking forward to seeing what I can learn from him. My thesis novel is about halfway complete and coming together nicely. 60,000+ words.

Class wise, I’ve taken two Reading in Genres (RiGs). Classic Fantasy was fine – a lot of stuff I’ve read before and long novels, which made for some tough weeks. I followed that up with Noir Mystery which I loved. Made me want to write a mystery sometime in the future. This semester is Thrillers. Too early to tell on that one. Each of the residencies have been enjoyable as well and I do look forward to traveling to Seton Hill and seeing my classmates.

Outside of school – work continues. Not much else to say there. No marathons in the planning for now as I decided to put that on hold until grad school was complete. Cats are all fine as is Steph.

So there is the recap of the past year or so. Hopefully I won’t be so absent in the future. Hahah…yeah, right.

 

Edumacated

So this happened …Yup – I’m going back to school.┬áSpecially, Seton Hill University’s Master of Fine Arts in Writing Popular Fiction.

A big change for a guy who graduated college 20 years ago but hey, why not? Getting a MFA will allow me to actually do something with that English major I picked up plus Seton Hill’s program has a lot of benefits.

First – It’s a low residency program. I only have to be on campus twice a year, each time for a week. Once in June and once in January. Everything else is done online, Skype, or via email. Which is pretty handy when you’re a person with a full time job.

Second – This MFA is about writing popular fiction. That’s science fiction, fantasy, horror, young adult, mysteries, or romance. Most MFAs are about classical literature or other subjects that to be honest, work for other people but not me. This one though? Tailored specifically for me.

The whole program should last about 2.5 years and by the end, not only will I have a masters but I’ll also have a completed book written (that’s actually a degree requirement).

So that’s what is happening. More info when I get it but right now, pretty excited and happy. ­čÖé

 

Grand Canyon, November 2016

A lot later than I would have liked but Imgur was being a jerk. Finally I gave up and just linked things off of Dropbox.

The summary of our trip : We headed down South Kaibab Trail (~7 miles) to the Bright Angel Campground at the bottom. We spent two nights down there and used our ‘off’ day to hike north to Ribbon Falls (~12 mile round trip). Then we packed up early in the morning and headed out via the Bright Angel Trail (~9+ miles). A lot of hiking but a lot of very cool scenery.

I’ve put a few pictures below but here’s a complete gallery (180+ pictures) of the trip –┬áGrand Canyon trip.

 

South Kaibab Trailhead
South Kaibab Trail

 

 

Oh Ah Point
Our View for Lunch
Bright Angel Campground
Ribbon Falls

 

 

Bright Angel Trail (Hike Out)
Victory Over the Giant Hole In the Ground