Anxious in Austin returns and writes...
It seems increasingly likely that I'll be spending next year abroad. I'm very committed to my writing and to applying to MFAs this coming Fall, but I'm worried about the constraints being in another country will put on my applications. Do you have any recommendations/concerns about transcripts, recs, GREs, or something as ludicrously simple as which address to use (permanent or abroad)?
It all depends on where you're going, AiA (Where are you going, by the way?), but if I were you I'd get as much of this stuff done as I could beforehand. Particularly the GRE, which presumably you won't be able to do in many places abroad. Transcripts can probably be handled online with no problem in the Fall. Get those letters of recommendation now. Summer's a good time to hit people up, especially in academia. They don't have as much on their plate now.
As far as addresses go: I'd use something that you know will be viable in March-April of 2007. Know anyone in a stable living situation? A parent or sibling? I'd use theirs. Good luck, Austin, and happy travels.