Monday, January 25, 2016

In Which I Am A Master

I've been away for a few days. Ten, actually, for my MFA residency.

My last one *sniff*

But what that means is . . .



I AM NOW A MASTER OF THE FINE ARTS.

That's right, I hold all the knowledge. There isn't any more to learn because I have learned it all.

In all seriousness though, this residency was the best one of the last 2 years. There were multiple reasons for this, one of them being that since it was my class's last one, there was a lot of love tossed our way, which is always wonderful, when you realize just how close you've become to everyone in the program (real close, by the way)

But also, some great things happened. Right before residency Gene Yang was named the Ambassador for Children's Literature, and since he's one of our faculty in the program, that was awesome (if you ever get a chance to see Gene speak, do so. He is fantastic and really entertaining)

Then, during residency, Matt de la Pena and Laura Ruby won the Newbery and the Printz respectively, and since they, too, are faculty, there was a ton of celebrating (cheers in the hotel lobby was especially fun)

Throw in me and my class's graduate readings and great lectures by faculty and other students and it was a residency to remember.

I'm glad to be done with the program, though. Well, that's not entirely true. I'm ready to be done with the work, especially since i have enough work with my other books to keep me busy, but I am going to miss the residencies. I think I could go to them every six months for pretty much my entire life.

So, yeah. But now that I'm a master, it's time to turn my attention to ASSASSIN'S HEART'S release. EEEEEE!

Speaking of which, Today begins the blog tour for ASSASSIN'S HEART.

I'm over at Adventures of a Book Junkie, talking about ASSASSIN'S HEART (natch) as well as giving some more information on more of the assassin Families that make up the world of ASSASSIN'S HEART. So stop on by if that sounds like your thing. 

9 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations, Sarah! You learned a lot, made some friend, and fostered some good memories.

Rena said...

First, welcome to the club of Masters. There are more of us than you think. Though it's not quite as awesome as being a member of the white lotus (though, in retrospect, I suspect yours graduating group feels a bit like the white lotus!)

Second,I'M SO EXCITED ABOUT YOUR BOOK! I'm so excited, I'm tearing through my TBR pile so I don't feel as guilty when your book arrives and I'm like "Too bad, suckers, I've been waiting for this one for a long time!"

Hart Johnson said...

Oh, congrats Master! That is awesome! (I am a master, too, but of science... I can do ALL the science! erm...) Good timing, too, with your book on the way!

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

I'm so glad that I know you because now I can say that I know someone that knows everything ;). Super serious congrats on your accomplishment. I may go back and get a Master's degree in something. MFA sounds like something that could benefit me because, well writing. But a Masters in Rehab Counseling could help my direct career. Also, my job would pay for half of it. Things to think about...

Nate Wilson said...

First of all, congratulations! Well done.

Secondly, if you order me to do anything in your (writing) laboratory, I am now legally required to hunch over further and rasp, "Yes, Master," before shuffling off to do your bidding.

Maria Zannini said...

You look great in your black gown. Congrats, hon! Well done.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Congrats on your Masters. Quite an accomplishment.

Ninja Girl said...

That is so huge! Congratulations on getting your Masters, Falen (or erm, Sarah :) I'm just used to typing Falen)! This is such an accomplishment, and I know your book release is coming up. I'm so happy to see that things are going well for you, can't wait to read your book!
Ninja Girl

Austin 'Teebore' Gorton said...

I AM NOW A MASTER OF THE FINE ARTS.

Congrats! That title also comes with a magic power sword you can hold aloft and proclaim "I have the power!", right? Right?

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