Elizabeth Donaldis creating fiction, photography and journalism
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About Elizabeth Donald
I’m also a fiction author, having published about 10 books and novellas with small- and medium-press publishers in the areas of science fiction, fantasy and horror. I run the Literary Underworld, an author cooperative helping small-press writers get their work out there; and the Eville Writers, a local writers' group helping each other develop the craft and launch careers. I'm a freelance editor and writing coach, a nature and art photographer, and occasionally I sleep.
That's a lie. I don't sleep.
But in 2018, I stepped down from daily news so that I could pursue my masters degree and begin teaching new journalists the things that I have learned. I began a teaching assistantship at a local university in the fall of 2018, and returned to the classroom for the first time since the 1990s as both teacher and student.
This was a big, scary change for me and for my family, which was largely reliant on my salary. My husband was a nontraditional student working on his bachelor’s in his fifties; my son is a traditional student. We all went to college together! It’s like a sitcom, only we provide the laugh track. Since then, Jim has graduated (yay!) and is now working two jobs while Ian and I continue to trundle our way through higher education.
I have continued working freelance as a journalist, in part because I can’t bear to give it up entirely, and in part because rent is a necessary thing. I have continued my “side gigs” of freelance editing and coaching writers; of art and nature photography; and my volunteer work with SPJ, the Eville Writers, the Literary Underworld and local nonprofits. Good thing about that not-sleeping, right?
I finished the coursework on the masscomm masters in spring 2020, amid the joys of COVID-19. The thesis is currently in development to complete that degree. But now I am beginning a new adventure: an MFA in creative writing. Click here to read about what that entails, but the shorthand is: three more years of grad school and learning to teach English comp.
My goal is to support my family with my words. That means that your dollars per month are going to buy milk and rent, electricity and pens. Everything you contribute means more energy and attention into my teaching and grad school studies, as well as more time to create more fiction, do more photo shoots, and generally chase the work that I love while feeding my family.
I intend to sing for my supper.
If we reach this point, I will break my long-standing rule of not putting my face on video and record a vid of myself, probably reading a story or essay and trying not to say "um."