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16 February 2010 @ 12:04 am
It seems like everyone in my fucking Creative Writing class never learned basic grammar. They over use "be" verbs. They use the wrong "it's" or "laid" or "their". But the most annoying this is they never keep the same tense. Ever. I am editing four essay's right now and  I bet I can find examples in most of them. if not all.
I get to the Lodge and everyhing is still the same, but still no Judy to be found, Cherish, Judy's assistant said Judy had called in sick today.
First off, this sentence can easily split into two separate sentences just before the name Cherish, but no. The fact that she keeps the sentence one makes her verb mistake even more obviously annoying. If the main character presently "get[s] to the Lodge" then Cherish is currently speaking to the m.c. therefore she says something, not said something. This happens throughout. The next two sentences are past tense, then the next paragraphs begins in present. The second story does the same, though it is not as abrupt as the first. This story begins in the past tense and some how ends in the present. Now this one, I'm not sure if this is done purposefully, because even I have written stories which catch up to itself time-wise. If she did do this one purpose, which I doubt, then good job. The last point which is stated in past tense is"
His voice startled her, bringing her back to reality
And the next sentence reads:
"I need to sit down," she breathes.
The reason I doubt this was done purposefully is because the way the story is presented. Each sentence is cliche on top of cliche on top of cliche and I don't feel that the author would have the, um, creativity level to add such subtle nuances. But if I'm wrong I'm wrong. I just doubt it. Highly. I mean just look at how cliche those two sentences are. Also later she sprinkles in two incorrect past tense verbs in her now present tense narrative. Creative license? I think not. Well that's already half...
This third one, surprisingly, was really good. It took four workshops before I found a short story I actually liked, but better late than never. There wasn't even any tense mistakes. There is still one more I need to edit before tomorrow, but the opening sucked testicles so I stopped reading it. Good night.
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28 January 2010 @ 09:48 pm
I'm sorry but this is another complaint about my family post. I just hate all the opportunities these people make me miss. For example when I apply for scholarships and some scholarships bar you from applying because your house hold exceeds a certain amount of total gross income. Jack alone makes anywhere between $140,000 to $190,000 a year. I hate having to put that fucking number in. Yes I am legally a dependent, but none of that fucking money goes to me. My birth mother makes an annual income of anywhere from $0 to the two bucks she finds in the dryer. And I can't lie about the income because if I become a finalist I have to submit tax forms proving my house hold makes that amount and if I lie I get automatically dropped from consideration. I wish I could explain to all these people that I don't get any of the money this house makes, but I can't even do that because most of them don't have essay or explanation options. I just feel like not only am I being held down by blood relation, but also the monetary value of some man I don't know or care about. This is just such bull shit. I'm so fucking stressed out I could just rip off my skin. I really can't take this anymore. I don't know what to fucking do.
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26 January 2010 @ 06:28 pm
I'm sorry everything I have posted is nothing but complaining, but I'm just really stressed out. And for those of you who care or have followed the back and forth between me and my creative writing teacher it has come to a conclusion I'm assuming, with me the victor. She hasn't emailed me back in days. (I hope this jackassery doesn't effect my grades). But for those of you haven't, here is what happened:

I'm taking a creative writing class and something the instructor put in the syllabus really irked me. She included this disclaimer
"Warning: No fantasy, science fiction, fan fiction, romance, historical romance, pornography, or children's fiction, i.e. no formulaic or 'commercial' fiction. this class teaches literary fiction. avoid imitating the mundane, the mainstream, the mass-produced, the expected. Go for the literary, the original. Find your voice."

I found this confusing, appalling and restricting. So I emailed her an email riddled with me being kind of an asshole:

"Hello, my name is Victor from Creative Writing (ENGL 2307) class at 8:30-9:50 AM on Tuesday and Thursday and I had a question about the direction of the class. My question refers to the disclaimer stating, "No fantasy, science fiction, fan fiction, romance, historical romance, pornography, or children's fiction, i.e. no formulaic or 'commercial' fiction. this class teaches literary fiction. avoid imitating the mundane, the mainstream, the mass-produced, the expected. Go for the literary, the original. Find your voice." I had a bit of confusion. I don't want to seem assumptive, accusatory or aggressive, but it seems like a complete disregard for the genres... For example science fiction. The Hugo, Sidewise, and Nebular award-winning book Yiddish Policeman's Union takes place in alternate reality which falls under the blanket of "science fiction" and is written by 2001 Pulitzer Prize winning auther Michael Chabon, to me, holds high literary merit. And as far as fantasy goes, Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite authors. And for romance, I understand not wanting a teen-saturated, Twilight-esque romance, but when done tastefully it can create something wonderous and beautiful. Romeo and Juliet, one of the most notable tragedies history has to offer, for example, has come to define love, and even Shakespeare's sonnets referencing the "dark lady" and the mysterious young man. I even find myself confused about the pornographic option. Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller, depicts sex graphically but TIME voted it one of the 100 best English-language novels between 1935 and 2005. Also I find sex a very interesting subject to write about, whether it be seriously or sarcastically, in flash and short fiction. Sex, to me, is a prominent force in literature, from the sex filled dystopia of Brave New World to the sexless year of 1984. Basically, in so many words crammed into fewer, are these genres going to be disregarded in our writings? As in are we completely barred from writing under the umbrella of the subjects and how much moderation should we use if we can touch base with them. Also I have a question about cursing in our writings. I know some teachers find it completely distasteful and untouchable territory, but i believe even the wrong can be done right, such as the 2008 Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao bu Junot Diaz. The novel is riddled with swears that only worked to enhance the piece rather than bring it down."

I am aware I was being a dick, but I don't know I think I proved a valid point. She then responds with this:

"Dear Victor,

You make sound points, but this is not a genre workshop or popular writing class. This class, as do most creative writing classes in colleges and universities around the country, focuses on contemporary literary writing.

I'm not saying that stories/poems/essays can't have a character who is in love or that is written in the voice of a child, but it must not be formulaic, 'mainstream,' or have improbable (i.e. aliens) circumstances or characters. Read through the Best American series and visit poets.org to get a clearer perspective on what types of writing this class is about.

I have no problem whatsoever about you writing about sex or using profanity as long as it is called for and have a distinct purpose and not written for shock value or to be "cool" or risque. The purpose of this class if for all students to find their own voice and their own method of craft, not to copy popular genre writing which is so prevalent today. Read widely and write often.

I hope this helps you. See you tomorrow!"

What? Huh? No "improbable circumstances or characters?" The improbability of something is what makes it wonderful. So anyway I just emailed her with this:

"I've read through some of the Best American series. That's how I found Michael Chabon back when he was acted as editor of the 2005 Best American Short Stories. I also own The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2008 and 2009. (Sorry I hit send to soon) And I feel like even some of these stories can fall under "formulaic" or "mainstream". I'm just trying to get a better understanding of the meaning of words like that. And also I feel that stories, for the most part, present improbable characters with improbable situations and that's what makes them interesting, noteworthy and award-winning"

The part of owning Nonrequired is BS, but I did read them when I worked at BAM. Except I read 2009 before 2008 but whatever that's beyond the point. Do I have a valid point here or am I just being a complete dickhead? I feel like limiting in a "creative" writing class is complete nonsense. I understand wanting quality, but simply because a piece falls under a certain genre does not mean originality or quality is detracted from the integrity of the piece as long as it is solid. then again I could be way off base here.

She just responded to me with this:

"Michael Chabon is excellent -- I own several of his books. I wouldn't consider him formulaic or fantastical as seen in many "pop" books out there. His work, it should be noted, is not genre fiction. It is considered literary fiction because it does not adhere to formulas seen in many mainstream works and is narrative-based and not gimmicky. I hope this makes sense."

And it still did not make sense so I went ahead with:

"But that is what I find confusing. For example in his first book, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, he even stated that as his thesis he wanted to created a story that fell in the three months of summer to follow "an inherent dramatic structure in three acts" as he said in the interview at the end of the Harper Perennial edition. This is the formula he worked with. He even goes as far as to say "The Great Gatsby did what every necessary piece of fiction does as you pass through the fruitful phase of your writing life: it made me want to do something just like it." He even cites that his inspiration to revolve his story around the summer months came from Fitzgerald and Phillip Roth, who used the exact same structure. And though I don't mean in anyway that all three of the works were anything less than wonderful, the summer shtick is sort of a gimmick. In Chabon's novel The Yiddish Policeman's Union it follows a very traditional sense of the mystery genre. The novel also plays highly on the fantastic and supernatural and is tucked neatly under the blanket of science fiction and has even won many science fiction awards. That also brings me to the confusion of science fiction. It is so mutli-encompassing with so many subgenres it's to pindown, like trying to define what makes something an obsenity. Which is why I find it confusing to bar students from writing under such a broad genre. I'm also not very familiar with the difference between fiction and literary fiction."

And her response?


Popular fiction (Clancy, Grisham, King, et. al.) is overtly and intentionally generic. These genre works share similarities of character, theme, and setting that have been proven to appeal to particular groups of readers: a mass audience. Literary fiction is fiction that examines the character of the people involved in the story, and popular fiction is driven by plot.

Literary fiction, by contrast, appeals to a smaller, traditionally more intellectual audience. What sets it apart are such things as excellent writing and originality of thought and style that raise it above ordinary writing.

I hope this clarifies things a little better for you. See you in class."

Nothing she ever says clarifies anything she said before it. She is dodging everything I say and not really providing me with much of an explanation. She just gets more vague and ridiculous.

I had nothing else to say but one two things:

I guess I'm just really confused, and never will understand the barring of specific genres in a creative writing; but this does not mean I will not work hard by any means.
'I would rather have as my patron a host of anonymous citizens digging into their own pockets for the price of a book or a magazine than a small body of enlightened and responsible men administering public funds. I would rather chance my personal vision of truth striking home here and there in the chaos of publication that exists than attempt to filter it through a few sets of official, honorably public-spirited scruples.'
-John Updike"

The quote was included. For those of you who do not know John Updike is double Pulitzer Prize winner who won the award for the final two books in his Rabbit series, and I believe such a literary marksman would know far more than she would ever know as far as "literary fiction" is concerned. His quote illustrates exactly the opposite of what she tried to say. True writers do not care for the "small intellectual groups" Mrs. Amanda Aucther, my creative writing teacher, claims to be a part of. True writers only want to convey their idea and stories to the masses in themost pristine and personable way possible. It isn't the "small intellectual groups" that read from greats such as Shakespeare or Homer, it is the masses hungry for knowledge who feed from their cups. If you think I'm wrong, fine, but I know with my writings, I want to speak to the world.
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22 January 2010 @ 08:25 pm
So today I scheduled a tour of UNT for February 12 and I called my mom to let her know. At which point she decides to inform me that she has decided to no longer pay for my fall 2010 like we had previously agreed. For those of you who don't know I currently pay for my own tuition and books and my parents (my mother and Jack) agreed that when I transfer this fall that they will pay for my tuition as long as I pay for my housing and books. I enthusiasticly agreed. The prospect of my parents paying for something for me comes once in a blue moon. Well during this phone call my mother, and Kevin can bear witness, informed that she will no longer be paying for fall because Jack can not pay for both her and I and John Anthony to go to school (Yes that is correct John Anthony does not have to pay for his community college education) at the same time so I can no longer go unless I want to pay for myself that fall semester so that there will be enough money for her to go to University of Houston. She is forty-two years-old, keep that in mind. She did say, that I am welcome to transfer fall semester, I will just have to pay for my own tuition. And Housing. And books. And personal finances. I love my life and this stupid cunt I live with.
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19 January 2010 @ 08:15 pm
The Creative Writing class I was hoping to look forward to has proven to be a let down so far. I knew I should not have taken it till after I transferred, but certain schedule conflicts and "technical difficulties" occured. I'm really confused as to the direction in which this class is going to be headed. In the syllabus the instructor put a small disclaimer stating, "No fantasy, science fiction, fan fiction, romance, historical romance, pornography, or children's fiction, i.e. no formulaic or 'commercial' fiction. this class teaches literary fiction. avoid imitating the mundane, the mainstream, the mass-produced, the expected. Go for the literary, the original. Find your voice." Now I can understand her want for something that isn't "commercial" or "mass-produced", but completely disregarding genres that hold perfect literary merit is highly ridiculous. To bar some one from creating a piece of science fiction, for example, is ludicrous. Do classics like A Clockwork Orange hold no literary merit? Or The Yiddish Policeman's Union, written by Pulitzer prize winning author Michael Chabon, mean nothing simply because it takes place in alternate reality where history is slightly different. Alternate reality, after all, falls under the blanket of "science fiction". She also states that she wants no romance, but where would literature be without romance? What of Romeo and Juliet, one of the most notable tragedies history has to offer? And Shakespeare's Sonnets, the love he writes to the dark woman and the mysterious young man. And once again, I understand the not want of pieces that are Twilight-esque, but romance is something that can be done tastefully and beautifully. The pornography statement I'm a bit perplexed by, as well. Now I know she doesn't want full on sex, this is obvious, but many of my own personal writings touch base with sex, whether it be seriously or sarcastically. Sometimes I enjoy delving in the dark. Sex is a prominent force in literature, from the sex filled dystopia of Brave New World to the sexless year of 1984. I'm tempted to email the teacher just so I can get an idea of where this class is headed, but I don't know how to not seem like an asshole about it, pardon the double negative.
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11 January 2010 @ 04:55 pm
meme from fiddery 
Comment and I'll give you a letter, then you have to list ten people/places/things you love that begin with that letter, afterwards post it on your journal and fill out letters of your own.
My letter is
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I kind of cheated but whatever
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08 January 2010 @ 02:52 am

I'm addicted to this
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02 January 2010 @ 11:46 pm
So I guess I need some resolutions:
Do something about the fact that the most I've ever weighed in my life was 115 lbs.
Be more proactive about getting the fuck out of katy
Write more
Read more
Draw more
Spend less

Despite what fiddery says I'm not a homosexual.
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But thanks for the new layout.
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01 January 2010 @ 01:43 am
i am a homosexual
oh okay!
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12 November 2009 @ 02:17 pm

You will be missed,
Tony Ng
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