Throwback Thursday: MFA Thesis Reading

For kaylamillerwrites.com‘s first-ever #ThrowbackThursday, I present my final reading as an MFA student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas: an excerpt from my novel (my then-thesis). <3 <3 <3

Fall 2016: Publications

Y’all, I’m so excited and grateful to say that three of my stories were published this fall!

  • Star Stories” in JuxtaProse Literary Magazine [novel excerpt]
  • Alive Daughter” in Profane
  • “Today we go to Noah’s Ark.” in Black Candies 2016: Gross and Unlikeable. Black Candies is a journal of literary horror published annually by So Say We All, a literary nonprofit based in San Diego. This year’s issue includes only work by women-identified writers.

If you’ll be in San Diego on Thursday, December 8, I’ll be reading at the Black Candies release party! Stop by and say hey! <3

Melissa Etheridge & First Drafts

On Friday, August 7, I had the opportunity to review Melissa Etheridge’s solo tour, This is M.E., at the Palms Casino.  I have been a fan literally my entire life!

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The review went live yesterday and is available here!

PS: This happened.

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Finished my first full draft of the novel, baby!  Yeehaw!

Pages

I made it a goal this semester to complete a full first draft of my manuscript for the novel.   I started the semester with about fifty pages of material.  Decided to write ten pages a week.

Currently, I have about 160 novel pages total.  I’ve stuck to this 10-page-a-week goal so far; there are four weeks left to the semester.

I am not ashamed to say I struggle with sadness.  And need reminding that I can still make things.

2015 has been kind: January in San Francisco, March in New Orleans, April in Minneapolis.  And the novel, though it feels like a mess, is at least a mess with some kindly discernible edges.