Y’all, Today the countdown on my blog says I submitted my thesis—as in, today was the deadline for thesis submission this spring. In actuality, I turned in my thesis TWO WEEKS AGO today! And then, the next morning, Chris and I woke up and moved to Florida. I was offered a position in Orlando, and … More I’m done!
Everything has finished up so fast! My director has had me revise the first 225 pages already, which feel really tight and cohesive, especially the beginning. Unfortunately, the last 100 pages feel like a train wreck. Tying up endings has proven harder than I imagined. Don’t get me wrong—I know where and how the book … More The Home Stretch
In honor of Valentine’s Day, here are 14 Cal & Ada Claire facts. Cal and Ada Claire are high-school sweethearts, strong parental figures for Ritchie and Selma, and inspired by my grandparents. I always think, even though my grandparents divorced, that they had a deep and complex love. They, like Cal and Ada Claire, were … More 14 Facts for Valentine’s Day
5. Gammage’s Drug Store was a real store in Greenville, Alabama. My mother always told me about growing up going to Gammage’s, so I named a Pine Creek store after it. It’s at the same intersection as Langley’s Five and Dime, which is named after my childhood best friend and her family. The depot hadn’t … More Facts 5-8 of 105 Facts!
105 days until my thesis is due! In honor of that, I’m starting a running list of “105 Facts about The Left & the Leaving.” These are facts or Easter eggs I’ve sprinkled into my book: real names, dates, or events, or just subtle nods & inside jokes. This is a running list, and I’ll … More 105 Facts about The Left & the Leaving.
My thesis is due to the George Mason Library in FOUR MONTHS—that’s 120 days! How did we get here so soon? January 24th will mark the start of my last semester of classes, and I only have six credits left to take: 3 in thesis, and 3 in a creative non-fiction (we have to take … More FOUR MONTHS TO GO!