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v1ctorya


Jan 24, 2009, 6:12 PM

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If you get into Michigan, I suggest you put on a gypsy outfit and acquire a 900 number because you should be the new Ms. Cleo.

I can't wait to see how it turns out!



I find it interesting that Michigan is doing so well, because I have an alum from there who teaches at another MFA program as a reference. The one school where I have an alum in good standing who aided me. . .


SevenFreckles


Jan 24, 2009, 6:49 PM

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Gah, that news about Alabama is pretty disappointing to me. I got an email from the department a couple of days ago saying that they haven't reviewed my application yet because of a horrible problem I'm having with a missing letter of rec. I suppose they'll look at it eventually, but right now I feel like I wasted $50 or so. Also, on a related note, I just consumed a chocolate bar in record speed... and I might just eat another one.


alamana
Jennifer Brown


Jan 24, 2009, 8:38 PM

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Ok, so I had a moment of acceptance season humiliation. Fortunately nobody saw it.

I got a big envelope from UNLV. I completely lost it, tripped over myself in anticipation and, neglecting a bleeding knee, ripped open the envelope right there on the floor to find. . . inside. . . nothing but. . . my copy of Witness -- their lit mag, which I subscribe to. I have a big bruise.

Sigh.


Be regular and orderly in your life, that you may be violent and original in your work. -- Flaubert

http://www.jenniferkirkpatrickbrown.com


germericanqt


Jan 24, 2009, 8:47 PM

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It's a battle scar, alamana. Wear it proudly.


Md23Rewls


Jan 25, 2009, 1:19 AM

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Note to self: Remain calm when checking the mail. And when the phone rings. And when a new e-mail comes into my designated MFA application e-mail address.

I'm trying to figure out if weekends are more stressful than weekdays. During the week I am anxiously waiting for an acceptance call. I know they won't call on the weekend, so these two days SHOULD, in theory, be relaxing. Instead I have spent today clouded with nervous unhealthy thoughts. At least during the week I can focus my nervous energy on staring at the phone. It's better than questioning yourself repeatedly about this and that like I am right now. Also, it's raining out, which has put me in a blue study. Meh.


germericanqt


Jan 25, 2009, 1:40 AM

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Um... actually... sometimes they DO call at very odd hours and on the weekends. I recommend copious amounts of alcohol. I'm feeling quite relaxed now (although of course I did rush back to check all of the boards in spite of all).


Md23Rewls


Jan 25, 2009, 1:43 AM

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ACK, I have to pay attention on weekends too? Oh the humanity. I am all for the copious amounts of alcohol route. They are trying to make us into alcoholics I think, lol.


Katevey


Jan 25, 2009, 2:36 AM

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Keep in mind there are a very few schools whose application deadline is not until Feb. 1st, a whole week away. I'm looking at it as I have four opportunities more and one snowball's chance in hades. I researched the 5 schools extremely well as far as the faculty writing goes and, when/...if, I am accepted want to work on the school web-site to get actual readings of the faculty's works on-line so next year over-strung applicants can at least listen to those works while they spin their wheels and twiddle their thumbs. This will be right after I go blue in the face explaining "user friendly."
I read so much I could probably quote something from any faculty of the 5 schools so I'm really comfortable wherever I'm accepted. (that's positive thinking, I don't own one of those crytal balls but it's a mercury retrograde so I wouldn't look right now, anyway!)
I'm still jealous of the people who could increase their chances by applying to a scatter-shot of schools.
Congradulations to everyone who has made it and can relax.


thbeard1


Jan 25, 2009, 9:29 PM

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I applied to Idaho and their deadline isn't until Feb 1st...I'm dreading having to wait that long to hear from them. On the other hand, I also applied to Ohio State and according to Seth's blog they have notified on the Jan 26th the past two years. Knowing that information is going to make tomorrow hell...especially since I don't get cell phone reception where I work. Anyone else apply to Ohio State?


Md23Rewls


Jan 26, 2009, 3:48 AM

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Was just printing off all of my stuff for Wyoming and I realized I'd spelled 'assistantship' wrong in the title of the Teaching Assistantship Statement they wanted. That would have been embarrassing/horrible. Good thing I caught it. Just makes me wonder what else might be floating around. CHECK YOUR TITLES PEOPLE, haha.


germericanqt


Jan 26, 2009, 12:09 PM

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I called Alabama this morning and was told that fiction acceptances will continue to go out over the next couple of months through April. I'm not sure how realistic that is, but someone calling about poetry acceptances was told they had all gone out already, so I'm going to take heart.


pernicus


Jan 26, 2009, 12:11 PM

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thanks for doing that germericanqt


alamana
Jennifer Brown


Jan 26, 2009, 12:49 PM

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thanks for telling us germericanqt. I feel a little better.


Be regular and orderly in your life, that you may be violent and original in your work. -- Flaubert

http://www.jenniferkirkpatrickbrown.com


swinky77


Jan 26, 2009, 3:07 PM

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grad fellowships are selected by cw fac in an initial read through. GRE scores, writing sample and academic merit are directly tied to this nomination. you can't be nominated for this without an extremely high GRE. this is not the same as the teaching assistantship and full tuition waiver with stipend offered to every admitted MFA. normal u of m letters usually go out during the month of feb.


Md23Rewls


Jan 26, 2009, 4:14 PM

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It's been eerily quiet so far today. **unsure**


lesliee


Jan 26, 2009, 4:24 PM

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the quiet is quite uncomfortable.


sara e.g.


Jan 26, 2009, 4:26 PM

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It's true. Based on Friday, I expected some action today. I curse the refresh button.


pernicus


Jan 26, 2009, 4:31 PM

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Its too quiet.


eet2


Jan 26, 2009, 4:37 PM

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Its too quiet.

Agreed. I thought for sure we would here SOMETHING today. Oh, how my desk job is suffering during this process...



(This post was edited by eet2 on Jan 26, 2009, 4:39 PM)


alamana
Jennifer Brown


Jan 26, 2009, 4:45 PM

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I am glad I'm not the only one obsessing over how quiet it is today.


Be regular and orderly in your life, that you may be violent and original in your work. -- Flaubert

http://www.jenniferkirkpatrickbrown.com


RaoulDuke
Cobra Cobachi

Jan 26, 2009, 4:50 PM

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I completely disagree with the quietness. Y'all are too fidgety! It's not even February. I'm so glad that I didn't find this place last year until early March, or I might have a lot less hair than I do now.

Take a deep breath and a shot of Kentucky bourbon, turn off your computers and write some.

(easier said than done).

Richard


pernicus


Jan 26, 2009, 4:57 PM

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I would disagree and say that w'all are not too fidgety. Just the right amount of fidgety.


germericanqt


Jan 26, 2009, 6:51 PM

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I entered the centerpiece of this year's applications into Glimmertrain's Short Story Award for New Writers. Just found out that I didn't make the top twenty-five, let alone cover all of my application expenses with a first place win. Of course I've been fantasizing about getting an acceptance and a big break right on top of each other. Ugh.

Trying to console myself with the fact that:

1) The story that got me a waitlist spot at JHU last year also escaped Glimmertrain's notice
2) There are probably scads of unpublished MFA grads crowding that top-25 list
3) This is why I want to get an MFA: I still have a lot to learn.

It ain't over 'til it's over. *Sigh*


alamana
Jennifer Brown


Jan 26, 2009, 6:59 PM

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germericanqt -- mine didn't make the top 25 either.


Be regular and orderly in your life, that you may be violent and original in your work. -- Flaubert

http://www.jenniferkirkpatrickbrown.com


moomoocow42


Jan 26, 2009, 7:01 PM

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That's really tough, but if it's any consolation, I'd argue that Glimmertrain's short fiction contests are arguably much more competitive than the MFA process. And while in an increasingly competitive writing field nothing is really ever easy for writers theses days -- I'd say that Glimmertrain certainly shouldn't be your barometer for success!


My MFA Blog -- Watch me slowly lose my sanity.

(This post was edited by moomoocow42 on Jan 26, 2009, 7:02 PM)

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