Before I jump into today's Blog Me MAYbe post, I wanted to give a little credit to what's come before me. We've been participating in the Blog Me MAYbe blogfest all month long as a way to introduce ourselves, our blog, and of course, a wide range of New Adult topics and resources. 

But blogging every single week day definitely means there has been a lot covered, so in case you may have missed something, here is a quick refresher:

So after all of those posts, let's continue on with Blog Me MAYbe, and today I'm here to Tell You Something About Me

I could give you the crash-course in Bailey, but I'm not going to because it'd be much easier for you to just visit my own personal blog instead. No, today I'm going to narrow my focus and tell you a Specific Something about me. 

I'm a graduate student in English -- and I don't study literature. In fact, I don't even like studying literature academically. The assumption is always that because I'm getting my Master's in English and because I am never without a novel, I must study literature. But I don't. In fact, this is how I feel when I try to hold my own in a literature class:

“How I Feel When Writing About Literature” 

This isn't to say I don't like discussing literature -- I love discussing literature in every venue possible: in the classroom, at the bookstore, on the street, in airports and on airplanes. I've had a few very interesting conversations about books in public restrooms. But for the better part of a decade now, I've approached books from a writer's perspective, and that means I love books a little differently. 

Why am I telling you this, you wonder?

The thing is, I often feel like I'm standing in two very different reading & writing worlds -- my left foot is planted firmly in popular fiction while my right foot is standing solidly in academia. And I always feel the need to be completely open with both sides about my serious endeavors in the other. Because for me, both worlds are incredibly important and I treat each with equal respect.

I want to write great, contemporary books, but I do see myself as a writer of "popular" fiction. I can't seem to reread Jane Austen & F. Scott Fitzgerald enough, but I don't have any desire to write books like theirs. My books include non-existent creatures and romantic plot lines that I would never have the patience to suffer. And I love that -- I love writing those stories and I love reading those stories, too.

I have witnessed the eye-widening and jaw-dropping confusion from my academic peers when they ask my what I'm reading and the title is very obviously about fantastical creatures and heart-racing adventure that I wouldn't ever survive. (Let's be real, my favorite past time is sitting at a computer typing for hours on end -- I can imagine the adventure, but I'd so be the first to die in anything.)

I'm not really sure what the blogging & writing communities think of me as an academic -- but I can't separate that from how I write and read, either. I may feel utterly confused about Foucault and Distant Reading Practices, but I have always studied books from a writer's standpoint and I get really nit-picky about craft. I can't help but question what symbolism and foreshadowing and larger social perspectives might be drawn out of what I'm writing or what I'm reading. That matters to me on a very deep level, and that level only gets deeper as I'm forced by my Master's program to become a more literary-academic.
I've always considered myself a writer and a reader, and I consider academia and being an aspiring author two things I pursue with my writing and reading.

None of this has to do with New Adult, and maybe it should have, but you're going to hear a lot about New Adult from me in the future, and I figured this was a good moment to just tell you a little something about myself beyond the New Adult sphere. 

If you do want to know what I'm doing within the NA community, this is the place to stay tuned! And I am writing a New Adult novel -- a ghost story -- and the progress of that particular adventure is tracked weekly on my blog.

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  1. I've never really though of you in distinct "academia Bailey" and "aspiring author Bailey". To me, those two things work together to make you-you (I know, that sounds corny, but really). Some of that is just from knowing you forever, but also probably because even when we discuss popular fiction, we typically look at it as a writer and in the way of craft etc.
    But I totally get what you mean. There was this line in my undergrad lit classes (even the creative writing ones) that strongly divided "literature/academia" and "other books". I've always been interested in both but many of the other students shunned the "other books" and anything genre. Personally, I wish this line would disappear because I think literature in the academia sense is related to "popular" novels more than people assume.
    I enjoyed this post :) in my debate regarding going to grad school, this is encouraging.
    And I know you have been and will continue to kick grad school butt!

  2. "I can imagine the adventure, but I'd so be the first to die in anything" << I was writing an action scene a few days ago, where the heroine has to survive some attacks, and I thought that I wouldn't last nearly as long lol
    Like L.G., I don't see two Baileys ... perhaps that's because I haven't known you for too long, but I understand your stand, why you love the classics but don't want to write like them.
    I'm not a big fan of the classics, but I think they have an important part in our writing history. Without them, the writing world wouldn't be as it is today.
    Thanks for sharing. It was nice to get to know more about you ;)

  3. Thanks girls! I don't (obviously) see myself as two people -- but I recognize when and how other people do, and the two zones -- the academic and the popular -- do require different things from me most of the time. Of course, I study popular culture as an academic, so I pretty much found the bridge I need there.

  4. You know what this reminds me of? This. (Language warning!) *Grins* Great post, Bailey!

  5. Thanks for telling us a little more about yourself, Bailey!! :)

  6. @Carrie Butler You know, everyone has THAT moment of high school literature symbolism that sticks with them & haunts them for eternity. Mine is a rose bush in the novel "Monkeys"; my boyfriend's is a blue door in a novel he can't ever remember the name of now. How very right on!

  7. Thanks girls for your comments -- I promise the post for tomorrow and Thursday are more interesting, but basically I hate writing about myself. I have other people write my bios and things usually.

  8. Great day one, Bailey! I understand what your saying about straddling that fiction line and academia with grad school myself. Sometimes one sacrifices itself for the other. We just have to balance our time to make sure each get the attention they deserve :D

  9. @twentysomethingfictionwriter Thanks Victoria! It can be hard, but I try to make people see that both academia and fiction are parts of my persona and that both are equally important and awesome.

  10. Monkeys? I do not remember this book....


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