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Jul. 2nd, 2009

I had this realization a couple weeks ago that I wasn’t going to get a teaching job I wanted for this fall, I am so barely qualified and there is such intense competition in the applicant pool. I was aiming for something that would be a gamble during a good economy, but is probably statistically equal right now to winning the lottery. (Maybe I shouldn’t have just read that news story about unemployment statistics just now, but too late.) When I resigned myself to the particular failure of my campaign, I was disappointed but no self-loathing about it. Last night I had a bout of feeling quite foolish for even making the attempt, it was unpleasant. Given the federal stimulus package, I should be getting unemployment benefits until January, and then who knows. Prior to that who knows. But I’ve decided that until then, I will write like hell. Perhaps this is what I finally need to turn some mental blocks around, I mostly have lived the soft life of writing merely for pleasure or art or whim, and maybe what I need is some time writing as if my life (and my rent and food source) depend on it. Journalists are bred and shaped this way, it makes them hearty and quick; creative writers, maybe we are accidentally coddling ourselves. We didn’t even have the academic challenge of the giant thesis exactly, though I did turn in 100 pages of creative work in exchange for my degree, so I shouldn’t sell myself short completely. Anyway, the point of all this is right now in my life, I don’t really feel like I have anything to ground and stabilize and identify myself except for my writing, and I am going to take this as a sign, universe, before you start stripping me of more things. Then again, let’s look at it from the other side that’s more empowering: maybe I am equally stripping and releasing things as others are being taken.



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Jul. 2nd, 2009 04:37 pm (UTC)
RB-- don't ever sell yourself short! you are an amazing writer and a great teacher, and any school would be lucky to have you on their staff, whether they realize it or not.

sending love and hugs your way--

Jul. 2nd, 2009 04:46 pm (UTC)
thanks, pd. i want to find my way to the goal of a teaching writing position, i do still believe i would be good at it and happy doing it, i think i'll just need to take an alternate route (namely getting more publications on my CV). the job search process is so emotionally taxing, as you know!
Jul. 2nd, 2009 04:53 pm (UTC)
This was a very good thing for me to read today.
Jul. 2nd, 2009 06:19 pm (UTC)
The Baffler is starting up again and they are looking at pitches for stories if you got any Baffler-y type ideas.. I am sure you already looked at all the schools around here for adjunct, but maybe there are other programs, young chicago writers, gallery 37, etc? Best of luck!
Jul. 3rd, 2009 12:35 am (UTC)
my boyfriend matthew just made me scroll back up as i was looking at my friends page because he thought your icon was of justin timberlake. i thought that would make you happy.
Jul. 5th, 2009 04:13 pm (UTC)
I also think you should explore the wide open world of male modeling. Because you are hot. And should be making money off that! xoxo
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