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Thesis, Flowers, and April Showers

Posted on the 04 April 2013 by Monetm1218 @monetmoutrie


Well, I’m happy to announce that I successfully defended my Masters Thesis on Tuesday morning. After three years of work (much of it done while battling either insecurity or morning sickness), I’ve completed my MFA in Creative Writing. Many of you know a lot about me…about my family…and about my passion for food. But my thesis is a memoir about a part of my life that I’m less apt to share with strangers (and even close friends). As a writer, I skirted around the heart of my memoir for years. My stories and novels were cloaked and heavy as I tried to disguise my writing soul.

Over the course of these past three years, I learned that a writer’s true voice only develops when we finally tackle that which we fear the most.


My thesis defense ended in a long discussion with my adviser and the director of the program. His enthusiasm for my work was surprising, and we’re hoping to send it off to an agent before Lucy is born this summer. Who knows what will happen, but it’s exciting to have such a concrete goal. I won’t share much more until I’m farther along in that process, but I appreciate your positive thoughts in the weeks and months to come!

In the meantime, we’re still celebrating the imminent arrival of our little Lucy. I’m in Houston for the next few days, and my Aunt Sharon is throwing me a baby shower (one just as special as the first, I’m sure!). The weather here in Texas is hot and humid. A nice change from the dry cold we’ve been bravely facing in Colorado. Ryan and I have enjoyed good food, seen old friends, and already driven in traffic one too many times (oh the joys of Texas!).


While I don’t have any recipes for you today, I hope you can enjoy these lovely blooms. My aunt makes it down to the farmer’s market each week, and she manages to find the loveliest of flowers. And in case you’re truly hankering for something sweet…here are a few of my favorite spring-time desserts. Click on the links below to find the recipe and more!


 Blueberry Cinnamon Rolls


Lemon Poppyseed Cookies


Whole Grain Pancakes with Strawberry Agave Sauce


Anecdotes and Apple Cores

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