Dead tired. Thank you Jesus it’s Friday.
(P.S. It’s also national dog day!)
School started off with a bang this week, and I have my first short story (or maybe it is the beginning of a novel?) due on Tuesday. Plus I have deadlines on my reading schedule again. First up, Madame Bovary (translated by Lydia Davis). Anyone read this already?
All in all, I learned a lot this week. But here are 9 of the most important things from the week’s adventures:
- If an SF Muni route says it runs 24 hours, don’t trust it. It might only run 24 hours at 5 of the 25 stops it usually lands at. You will end up walking a mile through the tenderloin at 10:30pm. Do your research. Trust google maps. Forward, ho.
- The MFA snob is a real thing. They will try to one up you by telling you they read all of Infinite Jest rather than just the first 15 pages.
- But luckily there are more cool people than uncool people.
- Because writers tend to be on the more reclusive side, they won’t hold it against you for not keeping up with the 24-hour small talk and they won’t think you are stupid for standing by yourself at a mixer. It’s all good.
- Writer’s are just as weird as you imagined. They get even weirder when you get a bunch of them in a room together talking about books and the narcissistic main characters of the current novels they are working on.
- Having an understanding, reasonable boss makes all the difference in the world when you decide to go back to school and work full time.
- Sleep is important.
- Learned about this jewel of a parody twitter account:
9. The best writers are the ones who can learn from their failures, because there will be a lot of those.
10. I belong here.
Have a great weekend ya’ll.