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I Applied To Four MFA Programs

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I applied to Four MFA programs. Just Four. I probably won’t get into any of them, because they’re MFA programs. But, it’s a lot like submitting to literary journals and lit mags; you just sort of apply anyway. I didn’t want to apply to all of the MFA programs in existence or anything – there were a select few that I’d been thinking about that I meet the qualifications for. Those were the programs I applied to and I guess we’ll see what happens.

Why I’m Applying To MFA Programs

My MBA is nice and it’ll help me wherever I end up in the future. It was a degree I got because I needed the security of having well-rounded business education. The MFA is what I WANT. Applying to MFA programs is sort of stressful because you have to write letters of intent and submit a super vulnerable creative writing sample, and sometimes and essay. I wrote a complete different letter of intent for each school that I applied to because, well, I just figured you were sort of supposed to?

Whether I get into an MFA or not, I’m still going to write a lot, and keep posting my short stories on Fridays.

Anyway, short blog post today because it’s been super busy. I just found out that I have to go pick up the dog from day camp, because he is spoiled and goes to day camp. A storm is coming and everyone is closing everything. I also just found out I’m working from home tomorrow. The last day I worked from home, I completely messed up my beard before a presentation and had to shave it all off. I can’t promise anything tomorrow.




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Bluegrass Writers Studio MFA Summer Residency, 2022. Photo by Ben Keeling.

I’m Eric Shay Howard and I’m a bad blogger. I’m also an author. I live in Louisville, Kentucky and work at a law firm.

I’m currently a graduate student in a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program. Lately, I’ve been blogging about that. I also have a Master of Business Administration and have completed a few certificate programs in Human Resource related studies. Occasionally I blog about business and other MBA-related things. Blogging about my day, bad dates, or package delivery issues are also not out of the question.

I wrote a fiction collection called Crushes and self-published it because sometimes I just like to push buttons and see what happens. I think this book is pretty alright, I suppose. Buying a copy helps me out. Feel free to leave a review on Amazon as well.

crushes by eric shay howard fiction collection book cover

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Eric’s bookshelf: currently-reading

The Silkworm
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Words of Radiance
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The Cloven Viscount
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Dark Rise
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The Gunslinger
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Mistborn: The Final Empire
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Blogs and People I Like

Here are some other blogs and people that I like to read or keep up with. The order is arbitrary because I started out going for alphabetical order but then got busy with classes or something so now sometimes I just rearrange them for no reason.

Equipment Test! Podcast Artwork

I made a really bad podcast over the summer called Equipment Test! because I bought a microphone. But if you like really bad podcasts, you can listen to it here, or find it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and other places.

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