This essay was written during my first year of my MFA. It's about my process of writing the novel I'd planned to write for my thesis - the concepts I was toying with, the books that informed my process. That novel was shelved in 2009. Not abandoned. Shelved. I may return to it someday after the ideas have fermented a while longer.
I have spent more than half my life living with an engineer. Rather predictable as stories go, it began in the 70’s when I was a young, female engineering student at Queens University. We met. We married. But we are very different people and had I stayed in engineering I would have become a very different sort of engineer.
There are different ways to approach scholarship. The conventional way is a program of study within the academy starting with a canon of works, which has been deemed to ground a student in the basics of their chosen field. For a degree in English Literature for example, it is necessary to tick off certain required boxes before most Universities will grant you a degree.