Fog, Rain, Wind, & Inspiration

Image by Bryan Walker (https://unsplash.com/@bryanmillarwalker) It's been a minute since my last post, and I've been really procrastinating. But I'll be starting the MSc in Creative Writing (Fiction) program at the University of Edinburgh in the following weeks, so I've been preparing for that. I'm officially in Scotland, but I haven't moved into my term [...]

With May Comes Weeds

A day ago, I spent two-and-a-half hours pulling weeds from the front lawn. They never seem to disappear! If only the number of words I write multiples as fast as the weeds. Writing Update: Currently, I'm halfway through the free writing workshop offered by Writer's of the Future. I find what was the most effective [...]

Master’s in Scotland

Wrapping up my second MA/MFA application season with four acceptances, one waitlist, and nine rejections. Last year, I applied to seven programs with one acceptance (unfunded), but looking back, I still cringe at my writing sample—I'm sure I'll also cringe at this year's sometime down the line. I think this year I fell into the [...]

MFA/MA Admission Season

Needless to say, it's been stressful the last few weeks because many of us are waiting eagerly for admission decisions. Recently, I've been trying to keep my mind off MFA/MA notifications by working on new fiction pieces along with reading and editing for the literary magazines/journals I volunteer at. Unfortunately, I'm still impulsively checking sites [...]

MFA (Creative Writing) Applications

I wasn't planning on having my first post revolve around my current MFA applications crisis, but here we are. I think I've spent about my entire summer looking through the different programs, taking notes on the specifics and specialities of each program, and the funding they offer. As an international student from Canada, it can [...]

An Introduction

Hullo! This is my first time starting a blog, so please bear with me. I'll start by saying that my name is Ai, pronounced as "eye". And yes, I've heard my fair share of puns about my name starting from when I first came to Canada; my kindergarten teacher thought it would be funny to [...]