The other day I was updating my CV (something I do periodically so when I need it, it’s just there already), and realizing that a lot of cool stuff has been going on in my writing life, and I haven’t even mentioned it here.
This is one of my main problems: I don’t like tooting my own horn, even when it’s appropriate. When I graduated with my MFA in 2013, I probably only told half my friends. More than one asked me later how school was going.
It’s true that bragging is pretty crappy, but simply acknowledging your accomplishments isn’t. Still, it’s something I struggle with a lot. So, some of this is old-ish news, and some of it is new, but here’s a short list of writing-related cool stuff I’m doing/did recently:
- Finalist for “The Girl Who Only Sleeps on Planes” in the Glimmer Train Fiction Open in December 2015 (I mentioned that on Facebook and elsewhere, but damn if I’m not still glowing from this).
- Finalist for Gazing Grain’s 2015 feminist chapbook competition for This Green Country, a collection of essays about Vietnam (you can read one of those essays in Watershed Review).
- Am now the managing editor of Eleventh Stack, which is the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s blog for adults (this happened back in October, and I’ve been talking about it, but I never made an official announcement—but how awesome is it that I get to spend part of my work day being paid to write and edit?).
- I’m still writing blog posts for The Rumpus, which also published an interview I did with author Aliza Licht back in August.
- My short story “Warren Zevon Attempts Happiness” appeared in the Spring 2016 issue of Shadowgraph Quarterly.
So that’s what I’ve been doing. Have you done anything awesome lately? Share in the comments!