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My Writing This Week – Incorporating Writing Back Into My Daily Life

my writing this week

Holly crap, you guys! I have been busy and I haven’t posted any blog posts this week. I’ve actually been working on a few “more useful” blog posts, but I didn’t get them finished this week. I’ve also been using my time to write more throughout the week, because I know when I start the MFA Program this summer, I’m going to have to kick that into gear. One of the advantages of a low-residency MFA was pointed out to me this week – I’ll be learning how to incorporate writing into my daily life at home better.

I’ve been taking it really slow, writing about five new pages a week for the last two weeks. That’s more than I usually do, which the last few years has been a page or two a week, maybe. But, that’s NEW pages. If you know me, you know that I tend to spend a lot of time rewriting, and that’s where I think the majority of my writing time goes. Not sure anymore if that’s good or bad. There’s a story I’ve been rewriting since December and I’m thinking about doing one more rewrite of it and then sending it off into a particular contest, but I only have another week or so before that deadline.

I don’t want to stress myself out before I even start the MFA program, so I’m trying not to do too much. I’ve been attending more literary readings lately, mostly virtual. I even attended an open-mic night recently. I didn’t read. I just listened, battled my cat over Zoom, and tried to be present. I also became a member of my local literary arts organization, and have been attending readings and virtual events that they’ve hosted as well.

Anyway, I hope you’ve all had a good week. Let me know how it was in the comments. I’ll try to post more next week.


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2 responses to “My Writing This Week – Incorporating Writing Back Into My Daily Life”

  1. Kyle Avatar
    Kyle

    It’s been a chaotic week lol, my work is installing new carpeting throughout the whole building, and we’re all thankful it’s almost done. I finally watched that movie that’s up for a lot of awards, CODA, and because of that movie, I’m gonna try to attempt to learn ASL. Also, as you know, I’m gonna try Discord and hopefully it won’t be a mess lol.

    1. Eric Shay Howard Avatar

      I still need to watch CODA… I took a semester of ASL years ago but never took the second semester. It was pretty hard to get the grammar/face right. I think I ended up with like an 89 – high B in the class.

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. It’s no In Our Time by Ernest Hemingway, or Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino or anything, though. But buying a copy helps me out. Feel free to leave a review on Amazon as well.

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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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It
It
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Mistborn: The Final Empire
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My Curriculum Vitae

You can view my full CV here, and bits and pieces of it are on my About page. A short summary of my educational and professional accomplishments are below.

Awards

Bluegrass Writers Studio Emerging Writer Award Finalist, 2022

Western Governors University Capstone Excellence Award, 2022

University of Louisville Creative Writing Scholarship Award, 2015

Education

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, Bluegrass Writers Studio, Eastern Kentucky University, 2024 (anticipated graduation date)

Master of Business Administration, Western Governors University, 2022

Bachelor of Arts in English, University of Louisville, 2017

Certificates

Designated Project Manager (Project Management for the Non-Project Manager) Certificate, University of South Florida, 2023 (anticipated certificate program completion date)

Workplace and Personal Wellness Foundations Certificate, University of South Florida, 2022

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace Certificate, University of South Florida, 2021

Credly Badges

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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