February 9th, 2007

Adrasteius: Really?  Really.

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It appears that I have no choice in the matter of being a TA: if I don't try for it, I won't be able to continue getting a grad education for free, because you can only be a GA for two semesters. The TA and the GA app are the exact same form though, so what I have to do is resubmit exactly what I submitted before, but somehow acquire two fresh recommendation letters. I asked two of my Rhodes professors about recommendations, but neither of them have gotten back to me yet ... I guess we'll see.

I've decided that I'm going to focus my writing this semester on going back through my file (note: no such concrete file exists, as that would require organization and foresight) of old stories and revising them. I have this tendency to write a story, become very excited about it, then get crushed in workshop, call the story a 'failure' and proceed to 'try again,' and only now do I realize that this is kind of dumb, since most stories only start to take shape after multiple revisions. Therefore, the first workshop story this semester is a revised version of Venom (now called View Through a Filmy Glass).

The other problem is that I become so excited and confident about it a story that, when its faults are revealed to me, I take it maaaybe a little harder than necessary. A girl in my program was telling me how she would write a story and think it was perfect and finished, then get it taken apart in workshop, and so she's decided only to submit stories she knows have problems. I think that's a pretty good way to approach it.