New Home

This is just a short post to let everyone know that this site is moving to http://www.kerrikrueger.com. I’d like to eventually create a new header image and make the site more personal, but for now, it’ll remain the same. Nothing else has changed–just the web address. I’ll be adding a few new things as I get them worked out.

Thanks for sticking with me,

-Kerri

Writing Prompt: Behind the Picture

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Writers block, defined as “a usually temporary condition in which a writer finds it impossible to proceed with the writing of a novel, play, or other work,” is a plague that we’ve all dealt with at one point or another in our writing careers. Ideas are hard to come by sometimes. Ideas are like fireflies; they flit in and out of mental vision, but they are hard to catch.

Keeping this in mind, a writing prompt will be offered here every Sunday (in different formats, of course). The length of what you write is your decision entirely. It is my hope that these prompts will spark creativity and kickstart the writing process.

This week’s prompt: A picture on your mantle unexpectedly falls and crashes to the floor. As you go to pick it up, you notice a note hidden behind the picture. The message is from the future—and written by you. It instructs you to do something important. What does it say? (Writer’s Digest)

[How did this prompt help you? Please feel free to let me know in the comments below, or send an email!]

Happy Writing,

This Week in Links: 2/5/2012 – 2/11/2012

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I subscribe to quite a few interesting RSS feeds in the book/writing niches. Perhaps you do as well, but in any case, I’d like to share my starred links from this week:

Monday, February 6, 2012:

Tuesday, February 7, 2012:
Wednesday, February 8, 2012:
Thursday, February 9, 2012:
Happy Writing,

Pacific Lutheran University: Rejected

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As most of my readers know, last fall I applied to three MFA programs. I was never really sure when I’d be hearing from any of them, so I’ve just been anxiously waiting since the beginning of the new year. Waiting can be a bear sometimes, am I right? I thought I wouldn’t hear back from any of the programs until at least March or April.

I was wrong.

Today, I received a letter from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. I didn’t get in. They encourages me to apply again in the future. That’s nice, but I don’t think I’ll need to.

The news still stings a bit, but I’m okay with it. After all, I couldn’t expect to get into every school I applied to. This makes the decision to go to Boston that much easier. I still have one school to hear from yet and that’s UMass. I don’t know when that decision will come, but I’m looking forward to it.

Happy Writing,

Lesley University: Accepted

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As most of my readers know, last fall I applied to three MFA programs. I was never really sure when I’d be hearing from any of them, so I’ve just been anxiously waiting since the beginning of the new year. Waiting can be a bear sometimes, am I right? I thought I wouldn’t hear back from any of the programs until at least March or April.

I was wrong.

Last night when I got home, I checked my email and there was an email from the director of the program at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

I’ve been accepted in their Writing for Young People track.

Lesley University has the 6th best low-residency MFA program in the United States according to Poets & Writers. That’s part of the reason why I applied there. There were three main reasons:

  1. The high ranking of the program. I wanted a program that was known for the faculty and for the kinds of writers it turns out. I wanted to work hard to get in. And I did.
  2. The fact that the program is low-residency, meaning I don’t have to move if I don’t want/can’t afford to. I have to be on campus for ten days twice a year, with the first residency being this coming June. However, if I decide to move to Cambridge, there’s a possibility of getting a teaching assistantship, which is something I really need.
  3. Chris Lynch, and award-winning YA author (and one of my favorites), is a faculty in the Writing for Young People track. In this program, after your first residency, you’re matched up with a faculty member (mentor) in your specific track and that is who you work with for the duration of your time in the program. There’s no guarantee that I’ll get to work with Mr. Lynch, but I hope I get to. I feel that he could be a great fit for me, especially since the main characters in my writing are always male. I think he could really help me find voices and stick with them, thereby making my writing stronger.

Out of the three programs that I applied to, this is one that I really wanted to be accepted to. I’m beyond happy that I’ve earned the chance to be a part of the program. I don’t know much about it yet, as my information packets are still on the way, but I can’t wait to learn more.

I’m going to wait until I hear from the other two programs before making a final decision on where I should go. Right now, though, I have at least one guaranteed option and I love that. Words really can’t properly express how excited I am that I’ve been accepted. I worked really hard to get this far and it’s such a wonderful feeling to know that it all paid off.

I have two programs to wait on, but that’s okay. This was what I wanted. I’m very happy.

Happy Writing,

Writing Prompt: Dystopian Medicine

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Writers block, defined as “a usually temporary condition in which a writer finds it impossible to proceed with the writing of a novel, play, or other work,” is a plague that we’ve all dealt with at one point or another in our writing careers. Ideas are hard to come by sometimes. Ideas are like fireflies; they flit in and out of mental vision, but they are hard to catch.

Keeping this in mind, a writing prompt will be offered here every Sunday (in different formats, of course). The length of what you write is your decision entirely. It is my hope that these prompts will spark creativity and kickstart the writing process.

This week’s prompt: In a future dystopian society, people have decided that God is the ultimate healer and that doctors are from the devil. A man and woman practice medicine in secret, and start an underground revolution to usurp the powers that be.

[How did this prompt help you? Please feel free to let me know in the comments below, or send an email!]

Happy Writing,

This Week in Links: 1/30/2012 – 2/4/2012

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I subscribe to quite a few interesting RSS feeds in the book/writing niches. Perhaps you do as well, but in any case, I’d like to share my starred links from this week:

Monday, January 30, 2012:

Tuesday, January 31, 2012:
Wednesday, February 1, 2012:
Thursday, February 2, 2012:
Friday, February 3, 2012:

Happy Writing,