RTW: MY Road Trip, Holla!

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway’s contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody’s unique take on the topic.

We’d love for you to participate! Just answer the prompt on your own blog and leave a link — or, if you prefer, you can include your answer in the comments.

This Week’s Topic:

What has your writing road trip looked like so far? Excitement? Traffic Jams and detours? Where are you going next?

So, I feel like the name of the last two years in particular has been: HEAVY TRAFFIC.

Starting grad school in the middle of a first draft, then trying to finish that draft and start on revisions, while working on a completely different first draft for school, has been, like this sentence, convoluted at times. I am so grateful for the opportunity to pursue my MFA, so I’m not complaining! I probably could’ve handled it better, though (but no sense in harboring regrets!).

While sometimes I’ve felt like I’m crashing and burning …

(particularly when I realize a book needs an entire overhaul), I have to stop and revel in the times when things work out just right …

(great feedback from a prof or writing group, things click in my ms., etc.).

Overall, I’d say my journey has been pretty smooth …

Though perhaps ridiculous at times).

What’s next? Well, as already stated, my goal is to start querying next year. Will it be Red Sky, Sparks, or some future work first? I don’t know! And that’s the fun part.

And of course, as of January, I’ll have my Masters! w00t!

I can sum up my hopes for next year as: ONWARD AND UPWARD, BABY!

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I write speculative fiction inspired by mythos from around the world, complex family dynamics, and my own experiences living with mental illness. After earning my BA in Linguistics from Brigham Young University in 2008, I received my MFA in Creative Writing from Converse College in 2012. I live in Denver, where my husband and I spend countless hours chasing our three young sons (and sometimes catching them!). I collect tarot decks, dye my hair mermaid colors, and procrastinate by decorating my home. My debut novel, Feathers Sharp as Knives, releases on May 2, 2023.

25 thoughts on “RTW: MY Road Trip, Holla!

  1. I think we share a love of gifs. (But really, who doesn’t love gifs?)

    Good luck with your querying! You should keep us updated. I love hearing about other people’s querying process, especially when it all works out in the end. ^_^

    1. People who don’t love gifs are Fascists. It’s true–I studied Italian history in my many Italian classes, and that was a tenet of Fascism.
      And I will FO SHO keep y’all updated!

  2. Thanks for the update and the gifs, Kris!

    I’m a little leery posting about my querying at the moment. I’m anxious that an agent might read my query, go to my blog, and read a post about my query having been rejected by 500 agents (I’m just using hyperbole to make a point–I haven’t queried 500 agents… yet). Sure, some agent might like the idea of being the first in 501 agents to see my creative genius (!). But I can’t help thinking it’s more likely s/he’ll not want to question the judgment of 500 other agents and form reject. Perhaps I’m being overly pessimistic, and I must admit, I like reading about how others are doing. So, my posts on the topic will tend to be a little… guarded. I guarantee you, though, when an agent bites, the whole internet will know. :-)

    1. Forgive my unsolicited advice, but I just wouldn’t post about my rejections on a blog. Save it for private Facebook posts, or better, IRL conversations, and don’t put out anything that could make others think less of you to the public. Once you succeed, then you can make the posts about how many rejection letters you got and how you overcame adversity and all that!

  3. “Starting grad school in the middle of a first draft, then trying to finish that draft and start on revisions, while working on a completely different first draft for school, has been, like this sentence, convoluted at times.” Haha!

    Good luck querying next year :) I’ll be right there with you.

  4. Querying is definitely a journey in and of itself–my query draft is up on AW’s Query Letter Hell right now and although it’s short, that just means it gets torn apart word by word instead of paragraph by paragraph. They’re a great resource though. You might dip a toe in QLH (if you haven’t already) as part of your querying. Good luck!

  5. You will totally be published before me, Kris, and I don’t know what you’re talking about when you say otherwise. I won’t be done until May, so you will totally have a five-month head start on being awesome.

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