Sarah Bethany

Who am I?

I'm 28-years old, with a bachelor's in literature. I'm currently applying for an MFA in Creative Writing.

I went the hermit route first, though. (Why can't I get paragraph breaks to work in this blurb?) Five years ago, I decided to make writing the center of my world. Since then I have lived in three different countries, written three novels, and a smattering of novelettes. I am quirky and self-directed, and I tip my hat to my homeschooling years for bolstering those traits (and I also forgive homeschooling for my denim jumper phase and my low math score on the SATs).

For five years I roamed as a gypsy, house-sitting, gardening, and teaching English to pay my way. (You can read "Saying 'Yes' to Myself and Writing Full-Time" for the longer version.) I lived by myself in a castle in Wexford for ten months, reputed to be haunted by the daughter of an 18th century colonel, who would sit in her nightdress on the bridge under a full moon. In the same vein, I kept a wood stove going in a haunted brick house in the mountains of Massachusetts, with a very grisly history (which thankfully the house owner did not tell me until the end of the my house-sitting stint). I lived on a llama farm. In an orange mansion in Ireland. In the gold mining area of Spain. All sorts of magical and odd spots.

My fellow APers --I am inspired every single time I come on here and read your work. It spans every range of writing: the colorful, sensitive, raw, comedic, inspiring, honest, sympathetic. I leave feeling warm, like I've eaten a big gooey slice of community pie. *sigh*

But, really, guys: I would never have the confidence I have as a writer if it weren't for the critiques and compliments I've received. My goal is to be eventually published, and when I reach it, it will be majorly in part because of Love to you all.

Mother's Day, part I May 13, 2018
News! Jan 8, 2018
Golden Pond Dec 22, 2017
October Oct 7, 2017
I Wish Jul 28, 2017
My Apprenticeship Jan 6, 2017
Buen Camino Aug 19, 2016
Jed, Chapter VII Jul 11, 2016
Jed, Chapter VI Jun 26, 2016
Jed, Chapter V Jun 10, 2016
Jed, Chapter IV Apr 30, 2016
Jed, Chapter III Apr 6, 2016
Jed, Chapter II Apr 4, 2016
Like Someone Has Died Oct 28, 2015
Bread and peas Oct 18, 2015
Always Oct 3, 2015
His Journey Was In Me Mar 15, 2015
Why We Come Up Feb 9, 2015
Wexford, Ireland Dec 9, 2014
Very short preview Jan 16, 2014
I Have Sometimes Loved Oct 22, 2013
Daimôn, part 3 of 3 Apr 22, 2013
Peach Apr 20, 2013
The Lobster Feb 18, 2013
Daimôn, part 2 of 3 Dec 30, 2012
Daimôn, part 1 of 3 Dec 25, 2012
Martje, Chapter Eleven Sep 24, 2012
Martje, Chapter Ten Sep 14, 2012
Martje, Chapter Nine Sep 6, 2012
Martje, Chapter Eight Aug 19, 2012
Martje, Chapter Seven Aug 14, 2012
Martje, Chapter Six Aug 7, 2012
Martje, Chapter Four Jul 17, 2012
Martje, Chapter Three Jun 20, 2012
Martje, Chapter Two Jun 14, 2012
Martje, Chapter One Jun 13, 2012
Neighbor Boys III Jun 22, 2011
Neighbor Boys II Feb 11, 2010
Neighbor Boys May 12, 2009
I Am Illegitimate Mar 26, 2009
Ash Wednesday Mar 3, 2009
Valentine's Day Mar 3, 2009
I'm Not a Princess Feb 25, 2009
Painting in Rome Feb 22, 2009