"These ideas may be sort of true, but more importantly, they’re stupid." YES. This applies to think-pieces across the internet. Especially logged in to say I loved this (also the Shark Tank piece) and I pretty much want to be friends. Congrats on your fellowship.
I wish I could come!! Maybe one day I will meet you guys... Happy 1 year, The Billfold! & many more.
@j-i-a That's awesome information, thank you!!
@j-i-a (can you actually get paid for writing in an MFA program or were you just kidding...?)
@Punk-assBookJockey Oh totally, when I say stretching it if we really had to, my hypothetical scenario would include staying here in ATL or moving to some tiny beach town, sharing housing/subletting, etc etc. In NYC or DC, $4500 would be enough to get an apartment and get through the first month & that's it, probably? And yes this is crunch time now. I have been writing and subsequently checking off to-do lists in a whirlwind of furious/nervous activity.
@highjump Hi guys, thanks for the advice. I knew throwing that in there would probably result in a little "no, what are u doing?!" piling-on but that's ok. I don't think either of us want to spend tens or hundreds of thousands on an MFA, so alternatives like writing workshops or good writing groups are something we will be looking at seriously. And obviously writing is not a path to riches (if I ever doubted this, reading this site would have set me straight asap haha) buuuut, that's what he wants to do & what he loves doing. And I support that so long as he's pulling his own weight (which he more than does currently).
@Michelle Argh, that "don't worry so much" advice makes me so frustrated! Haha... It's really hard for me to live in the moment and I know that's a problem, but I CAN'T do the contented drifting interests-as-hobbies thing. Maybe when I'm 55 and I got some of what I wanted out of life- THEN I can sort of sit back and be like, hey I did alright, time to chill out a little. Until then, I just CANNOT. /drama