Humbledown, My People.

I love Thanksgiving.  Less for the holiday and more for the perks surrounding it.  Businesses always give their employees off both Thursday and Friday.  If you are lucky enough to have an office-type job, you also get a short day on Wednesday.  If you like your family like I do, then you have the pleasure of seeing everyone again, together, drinking, laughing, catching up, being together for a spell to remember just why it is we live on this earth.

But this week, in particular, goes beyond that for me.  This is the week that means so much more.  
Over the weekend I finished preparing my lecture that I will give in January as part of my curriculum to graduate from the Bennington Writing Seminars.  On Wednesday, I will send out my final packet of work, including my 143 page creative thesis, which ensures I graduate with a Master’s degree of Fine Arts in fiction.
In addition to this, another short story of mine has recently been published at the magazine Twelve Stories.
At a time when so little seems to be going the right way and so few things are left to be thankful for, I find myself overwhelmed with gratitude, not for what’s been given me–Lord knows nothing has been handed to me–but rather, thankful for reaping the rewards of hard work, dedication, ignorance, a focused attention to the dream, a determination to succeed selflessly and exacting a new kind of humble awareness that we all need these days.  Humbledown, my people.  Too many people seek out praise and it is these people who are never fully satisfied.
Be aware of those around you, but more importantly, of those around you who deserve it.
keep on.

About J. R. Angelella

J. R. Angelella is the author of the popular debut novel ZOMBIE: A NOVEL (Soho Press) and a contributing author to the murder-mystery anthology WHO DONE IT? (Soho Teen), benefiting the nonprofit organization 826NYC. His short fiction has appeared in numerous journals, including Sou’wester, JMWW, The Collagist, Literary Review, Fifth Wednesday Journal and The Nervous Breakdown. His short story “Sauce” won the 2012 Short Story Contest held by The Coachella Review. He received a BA in English Literature from Ithaca College and an MFA in Creative Writing and Literature from the Bennington Writing Seminars at Bennington College. He taught creative writing at the Gotham Writers’ Workshop in New York City and currently teaches professional writing at the University of Maryland at College Park. He lives in Baltimore with his wife, the writer Kate Angelella.
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2 Responses to Humbledown, My People.

  1. Molly Gaudry says:

    Congrats on finishing your thesis!

  2. Your story was really great in Twelve Stories.

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