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fuzen


Aug 13, 2007, 6:04 PM

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Oh, I agree wholeheartedly. I only applied to five Ph.D. programs myself. I wouldn't have been excited about any of the other programs, so I didn't bother.

Anyway, you're an old hand at this Steph, I feel silly now for having even tried to offer advice. Good luck with everything. I'm sure you'll do fine.


stephkarto1
Stephanie Kartalopoulos

Aug 14, 2007, 10:04 AM

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Good luck with FSU. I know your classes start soon. And I know, from having lived in Florida, that fall is going to be crazy up in 'Noles land (I had the (mis?)fortune of being in Gainesville and being a Gator, I guess--it was my first introduction to college football. And it was intense and crazy and weird to be around). And I hope that the humidity dies down by mid-October and that you enjoy the downtown farmer's market that I hear is absolutely awesome.

I think I'm just really nervous and a bit self-conscious about this whole process. I think I may have posted a bit about this earlier--it's one thing to get organized. These applications still feel like concepts, like these things you are planning to do. But when you reach that time where you need to write personal statements, where you buy GRE books and need to study, where you have asked your recommenders if they'd be so kind as to write letters for you, well, then the *reality* of it all just hits you. Or, at least, the reality of it all hit me over the head in a very big sort of way. I have my first "deadline" of sorts--one of my recommenders needs materials by next Monday so that she can write letters before all of her fall stuff begins (and for her fall stuff means her time writing, as she is on sabbatical for the term. And when she writes, she can't do other things like write letters). I'm fine in the sense that I have envelopes already addressed and stamped and forms printed out, filled in. But I have to write the personal statements (at least I need to have ONE statement that is in a decent enough "draft" to give to her so she can follow along with my priorities for a program and my interests). I guess for me it's sort of, like, "let the mindfuck begin." And I need to just try as much as possible to not let the anxieties over the fact that I am applying to PhD programs that can accept me or not accept me and this means absolutely nothing at all interfere with anything else I have going on.

(taking some deep breaths)


kliq


Sep 17, 2007, 10:23 PM

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Fuzen: I've applied to USM for poetry for the spring semester and I'm wondering how long it takes from when the application is processed until they make a decision.

This thread has been very helpful!


fuzen


Sep 17, 2007, 10:36 PM

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Oh, I have no idea what the timeline is for Spring admissions. You can always call and ask - they're very nice about that sort of thing. Good luck with the application!


stephkarto1
Stephanie Kartalopoulos

Oct 10, 2007, 9:12 AM

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Fuzen--how is your first term at FSU treating you? Are you happy that you accepted admission there? How is the adjustment to Tallahassee and to that program?

Everyone else--how are the applications coming? Just want to check in with people and see how y'all are doing, how your SOPs are coming, how manuscript selection is coming, etc. We're a much smaller crowd than those MFA-hopefuls, and we are in a process that, I feel, is a bit more bizarre. And I just wanted to see how people are doing, how stuff is coming, how you're getting yourself closer and closer to those deadlines.

As for me: yesterday I finished my SOP for Missouri. I decided to start with that school for SOP, since it has a small word limit (the website said something to the tune of "approximately 500 words"--what do y'all think is "approximate"? I, um, interpreted it to "within 1 typed page"...for better or for worse...). Every other school's SOP will follow the same sort of formula as Mizzou, and I know it's easier for me to expand than it is to condense. I take the GRE generals on Saturday, and I take the GRE Lit tests on November 3. I am woefully unprepared for the lit tests, but I will get there. I'm nervous in general about the GREs, because I suck at standardized tests, but I am more nervous about waking up so damn early on a Saturday and dealing with the Saturday bus schedule in my city to make it to the test centers on time and to be AWAKE enough to really take these tests. Yesterday afternoon I sent out my recommendations packets. I'm working on edits to my academic writing sample, and I have finished preparing my poetry manuscripts.

Is anyone finding that the more and more they get closer to finishing and sending applications they are feeling like you don't necessarily WANT to apply to certain schools--like if an admissions offer were, somehow, extended, you might not necessarily accept--but you're curious enough about the program to apply and feel like you "should" apply anyway, because you never know? That feeling's risen in me over the last couple of months about 2 of my programs, and I don't entirely know how to reconcile it. I feel sort of shitty about it, actually, because I know that if either of those programs is the only place that offers me a spot I should be ecstatic just to GET an admissions offer. But at the same time, there is this extreme uncertainty for these 2 schools that I absolutely don't have for Houston, FSU, Utah, or Missouri.

Has any of you told your bosses or coworkers that you're applying to programs? I haven't, just because I think the odds are so ridiculous of actually getting in anywhere, and I am scared of shooting myself in the foot come April. But keeping this to myself is so hard. It's such a huge thing--at least now, when I am finishing applications stuff--that it seems kind of strange to keep it so much to myself.

Back to work for me...
(grumble grumble)


fuzen


Oct 10, 2007, 10:31 AM

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Stephanie,

FSU is great. I am super happy here. It's a big program, so it was a little overwhelming at first (coming from a tiny program where everyone knew each other), and I was a little unsettled by what I perceived to be a lack of warmth at the beginning, but soon figured out how things go and met plenty of people and hung out with the Director and am now feeling good overall. Very satisfied and glad I decided to come here.

I know this all sounds very general - if you have specific questions about the program feel free to message me and I'll talk more about it. Got to go work on a story due tomorrow. Good luck with your apps!


hamlet3145


Oct 11, 2007, 11:55 AM

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I've decided not to apply this year.

Doing the math, I would be in a profoundly better spot if I wait a bit longer and payed off a few things. Also, I have to admit that I've been looking into the option of getting an Ed.D. here at Montana (where I have in-state tution now) instead. I've taken some graduate coursework in the Education department as electives for my MFA and have really enoyed the experience. (One can tailor the degree to higher ed rather than the more common K-12, and even more specifically, toward the application of technology to the arts/hummanities which is a huge interest of mine). I guess I'm just wondering how much more I am going to get out of workshops/lit classes at this point. We'll see; I've lots of time to ponder.


jacarty
Jessie Carty
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Oct 11, 2007, 4:32 PM

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That's a really interesting idea actually. I wondered about some of the Master's programs that are offered in education like the MAT and such. Of course if I decided to get another Master's after my MFA (which is still in progress) my husband might kill me :)

Does the Master's in Education help you job wise in anything in particular?


http://jessiecarty.com


stephkarto1
Stephanie Kartalopoulos

Oct 12, 2007, 10:03 AM

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I know people with a master's in ed. who have gotten jobs rather easily in higher ed administration, in the administrative offices of high school districts, and in educational and cultural nonprofits. Also, a M.Ed. might help in getting jobs in private and charter high schools that don't necessarily carry the same licensure requirements that a public school requires of its teachers.

It IS an interesting idea, and I think that people with a background in english education or arts in education wind up opening doors that people with a more traditional PhD in literature can't quite open...at least from seeing some of the "not required but preferred" types of background requirements on some of the chronicle.com faculty positions listed.

Good luck to you as you pursue this! Really--good, good luck to you!!!


jacarty
Jessie Carty
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Oct 12, 2007, 10:23 AM

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Thanks for the info. I was really interested in the Educational Theories classes during my undergrad days so I definitely want to keep this as a possiblity!

--Jessie


http://jessiecarty.com


gcsumfa


Oct 16, 2007, 1:57 PM

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Stephanie,

FSU is great. I am super happy here. It's a big program, so it was a little overwhelming at first (coming from a tiny program where everyone knew each other), and I was a little unsettled by what I perceived to be a lack of warmth at the beginning, but soon figured out how things go and met plenty of people and hung out with the Director and am now feeling good overall. Very satisfied and glad I decided to come here.

I know this all sounds very general - if you have specific questions about the program feel free to message me and I'll talk more about it. Got to go work on a story due tomorrow. Good luck with your apps!



Fuzen,

Would you mind sharing your current funding situation at FSU, as well as cost of living? What is your teaching load?

Thanks!


fuzen


Oct 16, 2007, 2:17 PM

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Funding - a little over $11k a year, but it's more like slightly less than $10k because you -have- to have health insurance (about $1k a year), and as an out of state student you have to pay about $1.2k a year in fees. After a year you become in-state and pay 1/2 or 1/3 of that.

It's not easy to live on, but I'm fine with it (and the education is worth it). I pay about $500 a month for rent and utilities (obviously you can pay more or less, depending on your living standards - I've seen rent as low as $570 for a two-bedroom, but in a not so good neighborhood).

I teach two classes a semester - 25 students in each class. That may change. As an advanced Ph.D. student you'll have other options, such as editorship at the Southeast Review or being an assistant for a professor. Right now I'm just focused on doing a good job with what I have.

It can be grueling, and certainly other programs can offer more funding (Cincinnati, Texas Tech, etc.), but again, there are great teachers here, it's an established program, love the other students, and I'm very happy with what I have.

By the way, the teachers actually teach here. I know some other programs you may see a big name on the faculty list but never actually get to work with that person. Not so here.

Anyway, got to run. Message me if you have more specific questions. Good luck!


gcsumfa


Oct 17, 2007, 9:42 AM

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Funding - a little over $11k a year, but it's more like slightly less than $10k because you -have- to have health insurance (about $1k a year), and as an out of state student you have to pay about $1.2k a year in fees. After a year you become in-state and pay 1/2 or 1/3 of that.

It's not easy to live on, but I'm fine with it (and the education is worth it). I pay about $500 a month for rent and utilities (obviously you can pay more or less, depending on your living standards - I've seen rent as low as $570 for a two-bedroom, but in a not so good neighborhood).

I teach two classes a semester - 25 students in each class. That may change. As an advanced Ph.D. student you'll have other options, such as editorship at the Southeast Review or being an assistant for a professor. Right now I'm just focused on doing a good job with what I have.

It can be grueling, and certainly other programs can offer more funding (Cincinnati, Texas Tech, etc.), but again, there are great teachers here, it's an established program, love the other students, and I'm very happy with what I have.

By the way, the teachers actually teach here. I know some other programs you may see a big name on the faculty list but never actually get to work with that person. Not so here.

Anyway, got to run. Message me if you have more specific questions. Good luck!


Thanks for that info, Fuzen!


gcsumfa


Oct 17, 2007, 9:47 AM

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Is anyone finding that the more and more they get closer to finishing and sending applications they are feeling like you don't necessarily WANT to apply to certain schools--like if an admissions offer were, somehow, extended, you might not necessarily accept--but you're curious enough about the program to apply and feel like you "should" apply anyway, because you never know? That feeling's risen in me over the last couple of months about 2 of my programs, and I don't entirely know how to reconcile it. I feel sort of shitty about it, actually, because I know that if either of those programs is the only place that offers me a spot I should be ecstatic just to GET an admissions offer. But at the same time, there is this extreme uncertainty for these 2 schools that I absolutely don't have for Houston, FSU, Utah, or Missouri.


Yes, I definitely have the same feeling about a few schools. I think this is due to the fact that our options are so limited to begin with, that almost all of us have a few such schools on our list. MFA applicants have so many options that they can easily generate a list of 8-10 schools that they feel strongly about.


stephkarto1
Stephanie Kartalopoulos

Oct 24, 2007, 9:25 AM

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I decided to not apply to the 2 schools that I really don't want to go to and would be more likely to not accept an admissions offer from, were I to be (admittedly lucky enough to be...) offered a spot. It just doesn't seem right to spend the money and the time to prepare and submit applications to schools that I am not excited about when there are likely so many people excited and hoping so much to get a spot.

Which leaves me down to 4 schools. And I really might only apply to 3 of them. One of them--which has one of those "not ever to be messed with" reputations and which is such an amazing school in its own right--I'm sort of ambivalent about. I'd be happy to get an admisisons offer (and really lucky), but I think that if I were to find myself at that school, and in that city, I'd have a bit of a hard time for entirely too long to feel good about going there.

Aye.
So frustrating!

I still have to take the Lit GREs in a week and a half, though. That's sort of frustrating. I really hate these exams.

And I still need to write some of my SOPs, submit my transcript request forms, address envelopes, etc. I decided that 2 applications will go out in the mail on November 15 (I had originally wanted all applications out on Nov. 15) and the other two (or one) will leave my mail on November 30. I'm busy, and while I can sort of brace myself and plow on through and just work work work--and add on these applications and get them off of my plate--I'd rather pace myself a bit more, give myself a few opportunities to rest a bit, and make sure that I am careful about how I put together each of these applications.

And then there's that damn Stegner application. Luckily not too many pieces, but there is that SOP thing that needs to be written. And the whole thing needs to be sent by the end of November.

And it scares me big-time that next week is 1 November. That sort of blows in a pretty major way.


jacarty
Jessie Carty
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Oct 24, 2007, 12:27 PM

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Good luck! I know in a few years I may be considering the whole PHD process but whew--what a lot of work.

Can't wait to hear when you get into all of the schools and they have to choose which one to go to :)

--Jessie


http://jessiecarty.com


stephkarto1
Stephanie Kartalopoulos

Oct 24, 2007, 12:40 PM

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Oh, thanks. But I am not expecting to get in anywhere! It's got nothing to do with my writing. It's got everything to do with how subjective, competitive, and outright WEIRD this whole process is. And ultimately, when as little as 2 or as many as 4 (ish) people get an admissions offer, it's really a crapshoot. You can't depend on your talent serving you well or making it likely that you'll get an offer. You can hope that your talent and your letters of recommendation will get you strong consideration, and maybe even into the final rounds of consideration (imagine being on an admissions committee and having maybe 25-30 REALLY STRONg applications, any combination of which would make an awesome incoming class and then having to narrow it down to, oh, 4...). I expect to make it that far. But I don't expect more than that.

if I get into ONE program, I am incredibly lucky. And I just know that for me, if that ONE program is a school I don't entirely want to go to (and that I still can't get too excited about), it's really not worth the money and time to apply. Right now there is only one program that I *absolutely* want to go to. There are 3 others that I very much want to go to. It's pretty insane. And I am hoping, more than anything, to not get sucked into the complete mindfuck that the waiting process will be for me from the middle of January until the beginning of April when it is obvious that if I have not gotten a lovely envelope or a lovely phone call that I am not getting any acceptance offers.

We'll see what happens. But thank you, so so much, for the support.


jacarty
Jessie Carty
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Oct 24, 2007, 1:21 PM

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That is so completely nuts! I guess for any really good thing it has to be like that. Reminds me of applying for undergrad scholarships. So glad I'm not doing that right now!

Course, I have a feeling next year when I get really into submitting my two chapbooks I want published, I'll feel the same way. I'd love to at least get a notice of being a finalist.


http://jessiecarty.com


gcsumfa


Oct 27, 2007, 11:28 AM

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Yeah, the PhD application process is a different animal from the MFA application process. Both are of course difficult, but I think the PhD application process is more difficult for a few reasons: 1) there are far less overall options and more and more applicants every year, due to the lessening "terminal-ity" of the MFA 2) many of these programs only accept a few per genre; for instance, last year I made the top 5 at Ohio...too bad the first two offers in fiction accepted on the spot 3) unlike the MFA process, your writing talent isn't always enough...one program in particular actually requires one to be admitted to the lit program FIRST, then the CW program 4) Pretty much everyone applying to PhD/CW programs is good. Who the hell applies to a PhD/CW program if he or she isn’t serious?

I'm with Steph. I just hope to get past the first round and land on some waiting lists and ride it out.

Oh, btw, does anyone know anything about Binghamton's program? I'm considering applying there.


stephkarto1
Stephanie Kartalopoulos

Oct 29, 2007, 1:45 PM

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Which program requires admission to Lit and then admission to CRW? Oh I hope it's not one of the schools I'm applying to! That would actually suck in a rather monumental sort of way. Hmm.

All I know about Binghampton is that I have heard the poery faculty steers its students in a rather narrative direction with their writing. Not quite right for me, but I know it is for some people.

How many schools are you applying to? How are your apps coming?

This past weekend I finalized my academic writing sample. I have to finish SOPs, and I am taking the Lit GREs on Saturday (re-taking the regular GREs on 8 December--when I took them a couple of weeks ago I was sick from some vicodin my dentist put me on to ease the pain I've been feeling in my jaw for a little while b/c of some not-fun infection. Not the best circumstances for taking a standardized test!!!). Otherwise, though, I think I'm in good shape.

But still having SOPs to finish is a pretty huge amount of work to have in front of me. Oogie. At least the school I most want to go to is all set. I guess that's something??


gcsumfa


Oct 29, 2007, 2:39 PM

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Which program requires admission to Lit and then admission to CRW? Oh I hope it's not one of the schools I'm applying to! That would actually suck in a rather monumental sort of way. Hmm.

All I know about Binghampton is that I have heard the poery faculty steers its students in a rather narrative direction with their writing. Not quite right for me, but I know it is for some people.

How many schools are you applying to? How are your apps coming?

This past weekend I finalized my academic writing sample. I have to finish SOPs, and I am taking the Lit GREs on Saturday (re-taking the regular GREs on 8 December--when I took them a couple of weeks ago I was sick from some vicodin my dentist put me on to ease the pain I've been feeling in my jaw for a little while b/c of some not-fun infection. Not the best circumstances for taking a standardized test!!!). Otherwise, though, I think I'm in good shape.

But still having SOPs to finish is a pretty huge amount of work to have in front of me. Oogie. At least the school I most want to go to is all set. I guess that's something??


Hey Steph, I'll send you a private message about that particular school; it's not a school that you're applying to.

As of now--and I know this sounds crazy--I'm only applying to OU. It's my clear number one choice and I just decided that since I do have a decent job right now, I would focus all of my energy on getting into OU, and if it doesn't work out again this year I'll go all out next year.

Though, I still might decide to apply to another school this year.

Thanks for the info on BU!


stephkarto1
Stephanie Kartalopoulos

Oct 29, 2007, 2:55 PM

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You know, I really don't blame you on only applying to OU. I've definitely crossed 2 schools off of my original list of 6, because I know that if I got into either of them, though it would be an honor, I really don't want to give up my good job, my life in Boston, and my teaching and freelance writing gigs in this city to go to either of those schools.

There is another school--my thesis advisor's alma mater and one of the best in the country (some may argue 'the best', for what it's worth, I don't know, but certainly amongst the most recognizable programs)--that I might not apply to in the end because I know that I would have more than enough reservations about accepting that admissions offer.

It's so different, isn't it, than the MFA applications? Even if you had your top choice for the MFA, it was easier, it seemed, to apply to many other schools; there was so much variety in programs that it seemed easy to find a handful of alternatives, should That Desired Program not work out. But like you said above, PhD is very different. There is less variety in programs. It's still too new a degree. And it's a really huge decision, I think, to take on creative writing--and the relationship between writing and literature--at the doctoral level. It makes it seem so much harder to cast a wide net and stay in good conscience and so much easier to stay so incredlbly picky.

Anyhow, I wish you so much luck with OU. If it's really where you want to go, then I hope so much that you get in. My fingers are crossed for you!


gcsumfa


Oct 29, 2007, 11:24 PM

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You know, I really don't blame you on only applying to OU. I've definitely crossed 2 schools off of my original list of 6, because I know that if I got into either of them, though it would be an honor, I really don't want to give up my good job, my life in Boston, and my teaching and freelance writing gigs in this city to go to either of those schools.

There is another school--my thesis advisor's alma mater and one of the best in the country (some may argue 'the best', for what it's worth, I don't know, but certainly amongst the most recognizable programs)--that I might not apply to in the end because I know that I would have more than enough reservations about accepting that admissions offer.

It's so different, isn't it, than the MFA applications? Even if you had your top choice for the MFA, it was easier, it seemed, to apply to many other schools; there was so much variety in programs that it seemed easy to find a handful of alternatives, should That Desired Program not work out. But like you said above, PhD is very different. There is less variety in programs. It's still too new a degree. And it's a really huge decision, I think, to take on creative writing--and the relationship between writing and literature--at the doctoral level. It makes it seem so much harder to cast a wide net and stay in good conscience and so much easier to stay so incredlbly picky.

Anyhow, I wish you so much luck with OU. If it's really where you want to go, then I hope so much that you get in. My fingers are crossed for you!


Thanks, good luck to you as well!

This thread has been a great resource.

I totally agree with you about the "reservations" one might have about applying to some of these programs, compared to MFA programs.

It'll be interesting to see how many new Phd/CW programs pop up in the coming years. I'm actually surprised that a few new programs haven't been developed within the last year or so. I wonder if anyone knows of plans or discussions at certain schools to launch a new PhD/CW program?


bktv


Nov 8, 2007, 3:24 PM

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OK, so I am back for round two!

My list of PhD programs:

Missouri
Texas Tech
Utah
Nebraska
Georgia State
Georgia
University of Illinois, Chicago
Tennessee

Decided against:
FSU
USC
Houston
Ohio
Cinci
North Dakota
Denver
UW-Milwaukee

It begins again!


stephkarto1
Stephanie Kartalopoulos

Nov 9, 2007, 1:37 PM

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BKTV--what genre are you? What made you decide against the programs you decided against (or, another way of asking--what were you looking for in programs that those schools didn't have)?

Everyone--I sent out my first 2 applications! For better or for worse, Utah and Missouri are out in the mail. I took the Lit GREs last weekend, and they were hellacious to say the least. I hate exams, I never test well, and the experience itself is always supremely frustrating. but they are taken. I re-take the GRE Generals on December 8 (when I first took them, I was hopped up on vicodin and antibiotics and in major pain and royally f*&ked up beyond even my ability, when totally normal and prepared, to f-- up such exams).

But my first two apps are out. The two that, for me, seem to matter the most (and are likely the most impossible). Especially Missouri. I know it's the stupidest little dream to want to get into that program and to think that I will, but I can't even imagine a place that's a better fit for my sensibilities as a writer or my interests as a literary translator. And of the poets who are teaching at PhD granting universities, I can't think of a combo of better poets to guide me than Scott Cairns and Aliki Barnstone. I'm sure I will not get in. I'm sure I will be so far away from even being considered, that my exam scores will shoot me so horribly in the foot, etc. But still--I like the stuff I put together for my writing sample. I believe in what I wrote for my SOP. I know that my recommendations are pretty damn stellar.

Fingers crossed! Who knows, right? More likely, my life will continue as it is now. But it could change. I could find myself moving from expensive-but-fun Boston to Salt Lake City, where I would be buying 'memberships' to drinking clubs or to Columbia, where I have friends living within a couple of hours' drive. Or I could find myself in Houston or Tallahassee, for all I know.

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