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Oh my god, creative writing teaching positions where "publications are a plus." Please tell me "plus" is an old Latin word for "requirement," please.

Every time I think I am for-real depressed, a sunny day comes along and it magically disappears. It's just dark you twit, you're from Florida, think you'd remember that by now, Jesus. Don't apply to jobs in the Pacific Northwest, no matter how much all your weird friends love Seattle and Portland, you don't have the stuff for that place.

Tonight I'm going to a grad open mic reading event. "Lauren, I thought you hated all-author readings?" I do, but I like my friends, and I spend too much time inside, so out I go. I'll even read something if I can because whatever.

I lost about 800 words that had taken me four days to squeeze out (and most of it was typed out of a hand-written journal anyway), and after having way too big an emotional upheaval last night (you know, when it was dark), I've replaced it and finished the section in under two hours. My drive and discipline have taken a serious hit since being in school, but it's mostly because I'm less than a year away from graduating and all the crushing fears of real life are butting in.

Doing Leopold/Loeb research online is great exercise for my bullshit detector. I've read every real, researched book about them: if some "fact" is new to me, it's probably made up. Same as it was with "new" Oscar Wilde quotes when I was writing my thesis. You're making shit up, internet, and don't think I don't know.

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nihilistic_kid
Mar. 17th, 2014 11:36 pm (UTC)
Where, where? Where are publications a plus?

Edited at 2014-03-17 11:36 pm (UTC)
la_fields
Mar. 17th, 2014 11:44 pm (UTC)
nihilistic_kid
Mar. 17th, 2014 11:48 pm (UTC)
Funny. I've been wondering about them. They started doing a genre-only program and now they're looking for more faculty and even a new director. This looks like a position for an undergrad teacher who'd have nothing to do with the MFA program? A whole lot of HUH?

Anyway, if you get the job, do immediately fly me out for a guest lecture on the school's dime.
la_fields
Mar. 18th, 2014 12:16 am (UTC)
You say that like Starve Better isn't going to be required reading for just about every writing class I teach.
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L.A. Fields
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L.A. Fields
L.A. Fields is the author of The Disorder Series, the short story collection Countrycide, and My Dear Watson, a queer Sherlock Holmes pastiche. Her work has appeared in anthologies of horror, erotica, and academia.

She has a BA in English Literature from the New College of Florida, and an MFA in Creative Writing - Fiction from Columbia College Chicago. She currently teaches English in South Korea.
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