So. It’s been more than two years since I last post on this blog. Consistency has often been a problem for me, but for the better part of three years, I kept at it. My first post was published on February 5, 2011, and, from that date until April 20, 2014, I remained relatively consistent in my postings. Sure there were lags here and there, but, for the most part, I kept at it. Keeping at it hasn’t been my strong suit in life. I was determined to use the blog as a platform to develop and publish my writing, all in service of my larger goal to become a successful, traditionally published novelist. It was an okay run.
It was that larger goal that led me away from the blog. In late 2013, I decided to go back to school in pursuit of a master’s degree. It took me a little more than 3 years, but as I write this, my Master’s Degree in English and Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University is framed and displayed just over my left shoulder. On May 14th, I was selected as one of the University’s Outstanding Graduates. I officially graduated on June 1st with a 4.0 GPA. It’s the first time in my life I’ve ever been perfect at anything. It was pretty cool.
This leads me to my blog’s relaunch. I could call it a rebranding (since I’ve changed the site address and blog title), but I’ve done that already. Maybe I’ll borrow a term from WWE and call it a “brand extension.” I stopped working on the blog to pursue my master’s degree, because I couldn’t do both and be perfect at either. But now that I’ve graduated with my degree, it’s time to relaunch my efforts here. As one of my teachers in the Creative Writing department at FIU, John Dufresne, once said: “You have to sit your ass in the chair or nothing will get done.” Time to heed that advice. Here’s to a long and successful on ByDLFernandez.com.