Dylan in Taos

Dylan is a senior Hunt Leadership Scholar and David and Carolyn Miller Scholar. A member of the University Honors Program, he is majoring in English with a specialization in creative writing in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. He was named a Richter Fellow and Unbridled Learner for summer 2012, when he will be working on his first novel at SMU-in-Taos.

A chapter ends

So here I am again, in the sky, at 35,000 feet.  I have the best spot on the plane, as it is both an aisle and window seat, which puts into perspective the size of this aircraft. If I could stand up straight, I would be able to put both arms out and touch either side of the airplane. I left this morning, eating at Michael’s, a must if you visit Taos, and leaving by some dusty highway in a large red pickup truck driven by one of my closest friends, a future Marine, headed toward the Sante Fe Municipal Airport. She and I talked about how fast the month went by, and how things were slower, relaxed, older in [...]

2012-07-02T20:26:59+00:00 July 2nd, 2012|Dylan in Taos|

Blueprint of a novel

Today, I passed the 20,000-word milestone! It is a fantastic feeling to have written that much in so little time. I figured that I would give you an idea of how my writing process works, since it seems to be working well. I usually begin a short story with an idea, or a phrase, such as “He had killed before” or “Reaching 34G, Danny sighed loudly, realizing that 34F was a talker” (I came up with that on a plane … Don’t know if you can tell) Usually that sentence, that idea, sparks something and by the time I am done with the first paragraph, I have a story, fully told, in my head. The problem is, this approach doesn’t [...]

2012-06-18T22:46:05+00:00 June 18th, 2012|Dylan in Taos|

Fighting words

It’s like wrestling a bear, and the bear is winning. It’s like climbing up Mount Everest and having your shoes stolen by said bear (which is why you were wrestling him in the first place).  It’s like remembering, mid-wrestle, that you were supposed to be at the dentist an hour ago and now they are going to charge you that fee; the expensive one with the overly long name. It’s like being a poor college student wrestling a bear on the top of Mount Everest, realizing that you are about to get an overdraft fee on your credit card, and having no shoes because the bear stole them. That is what the last three days have been like. I started [...]

2012-06-12T22:35:03+00:00 June 12th, 2012|Dylan in Taos|

Taos: Where time slows

This is Day Three of writing, and I am chugging away at a fantastic speed. My goal was to write 1,000 “good” words a day, and after two days, I am at 4,500, which is more than I could have hoped for. The narrative arc is beginning to take shape and it is exciting to see all of the pieces fall into place. One of the exciting things about writing is the moment when everything begins to fall into place; when you know exactly what needs to happen and when. So far, I have four chapters and am working on the fifth. I like to work through a story as linearly as possible, unlike others who like to write an [...]

2012-06-06T19:43:00+00:00 June 6th, 2012|Dylan in Taos|

The view from 35,000 feet

Dylan is a senior Hunt Leadership Scholar and David and Carolyn Miller Scholar. A member of the University Honors Program, he is majoring in English with a specialization in creative writing in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. He was named a Richter Fellow for summer 2012, when he will be working on his first novel at SMU-in-Taos.

2012-05-31T21:55:46+00:00 May 31st, 2012|Dylan in Taos|