Looking Back to Move Forward in 2015

December 29, 2014 6:33 PM

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Hegel said, "What history teaches is that men have never learned anything from it." In order to avoid repeating mistakes, at the end of the year instead of New Year's resolutions, I take inventory of what did and did not work. The first half of 2014 was brutal for dream chasing. I spent a ton of energy pitching articles to magazines, applying for writing fellowships and residencies, and writing contest submissions -- only to receive rejection after rejection. One residency's description of the ideal recipient seemed tailored made for my skill set and personality. Imagine my surprise when it rejected me saying that I was too ambitious.

When I started blogging on The Huffington Post in August, it felt like water in a desert place -- refreshing sustenance to continue the dream chasing journey. Finally, I had a platform to showcase my writing to a larger audience. I continued to apply for writing residencies and competitions. One fel...

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