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Had my last college class of the semester this evening. I need to go in tomorrow night and sell back my books and register for next fall. Looks like I'm going to be taking Ethics in Fiction with my Intro to Fiction instructor and probably English Composition II. The Ethics class should be fun. The books we'll be reading are In Cold Blood, Fahrenheit 451, Animal Farm, Frankenstein, and Catcher in the Rye. Of those, I've read all but the last one.

Also, talked to the University of Maryland Creative Writing Program today. The good news is, they're much more interested in my writing sample than my 25 year old undergraduate grades. So, my admission will be based on 30-50 typed pages. I feel pretty good about that. Looks like John Hopkins MFA in Creative writing's requirements are about the same. The main difference is with Hopkins, the thesis is actually producing part of a novel for them to critique vs. a scholarly paper. But, either way, it would be a good experience I think. (Plus, it should be good for a raise at work. Always an added benefit.)

However, I just got finished looking at the tuition and fees for MD. Geez! Over $5,000 to take 12 hours of classes in a year (6 hours a semester). Of course, that's adding in all the damn fees (student union, athletic events, auxiliary buildings, shuttle bus, etc.)that I'll probably never use. Oh, and that's not counting books or gas to commute to and from class. The company I work for will cover some of that, but not all. Guess I better get that GI Bill started and soon. I'd like to take as little out of the family coffers for this as I can.

Decisions, decisions, decisions . . .

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nightwolfwriter
May. 17th, 2006 12:20 am (UTC)
No, no Catcher in the Rye. We were too busy reading A Separate Peace, The Grapes of Wrath (much better movie by the way), Brave New World, Lord of the Flies and other assorted stuff I'll probably never read again.

Give me a good history book any day. Machiavelli's The Prince, Sun Tsu's The Art of War, The Rising Sun, All Quiet on the Western Front, Invasion (D-Day told from the German POV), Dante's Trilogy, now that's some fine reading. A Separate Peace? Yark.
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  • 25 Jun 2012, 23:54
    Thanks! For some reason I was really sweating the LitCrit class. It wasn't easy by any stretch, but I think I made it harder on myself by overthinking stuff.

    Just one class this fall (schedule just…
  • 25 Jun 2012, 10:09
    Oh wow. Congrats on the A's!
  • 11 Mar 2012, 01:40
    I'm going to take a critique of Dracula based on one school of literary criticism (say, Neo-Marxist) and then deconstruct that critique using the focus of a different school of theory (say feminist,…
  • 7 Mar 2012, 07:54
    Not this year, alas. But I may well take you up on that next time :)
  • 7 Mar 2012, 01:55
    Well, if you want to fly over here, I can put you up at my place and get you a guest ticket. *grin* Might even try to get your opinion of my scotch collection.

    Airfare is on you, though.
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