In 2001, I graduated college with a degree in Finance/MIS and began working as a consultant for an oil and gas accounting software firm. After my official NMO diagnosis not long thereafter, I underwent some major life changes: I decided to not waste my time being unhappy in the corporate world and instead return to my roots. I have always loved reading and writing but relegated it to something not ascertainable. But now that I’ve realized life is too short (and yet, somehow too long) to spend it doing something I don’t really care about, I made the choice to try my hand at creative writing. It started when I was stuck at home bored amidst my recovery from several NMO attacks. I started journaling, and these turned into essays. Then at the urging of a friend, I enrolled in some online writers’ workshops. One thing led to another, and now I’m in my third year of the Creative Writing Program at University of Houston on my way to getting a Master of Fine Arts for Fiction writing. Wahoo me!
Since I did not come from a literature nor writing background like many of my peers in grad school, I knew I had some catching up to do. I’m pleased to say that starting last year, the publication acceptances and awards have begun rolling in, a validation that my efforts were not in vain. Maybe I have a slight clue as to what I’m doing after all.
If you’re so inclined to read, here are where you can find my latest writings. I’ll post more as they’re published. Thanks for reading.
- “The Strange Happenings at Southern Market One Tuesday Morning” (a short story) and “Girl” (a poem which also won the Editors Prize) in the Winter 2011 issue of The ScissorTale Review. (The PDF is downloadable for free.)
- My poem “Alphabet Hospital Circa Christmas 2002” which is based on an NMO attack won first place in the 2010 Coalition of Texans with Disabilities poetry contest. Go here to read the poem.
It’s funny how it’s the poetry that’s been rewarded and recognized more so than the fiction. Perhaps I’m getting the degree in the wrong genre…?