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The (Cyber) Bag of Weasels

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"About as much fun as a bag of weasels"...when I first saw this Irish adage, it made me think of the life of a writer: sometimes perilous, sometimes painful, certainly interesting. My paper journal has always been called "The Bag of Weasels." This is the Bag of Weasels' online home.

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That's the noise I make as I surface briefly from the eternally churning sea of chaos that my life is lately to jot some notes in my journal.

As the previous sentence suggests, things remain pretty crazy here. I have about half of my student-teaching application packet completed, including having gone for fingerprints on Monday and having both the Maryland and FBI background checks started. I'm trying to pack in the last of my classroom observations, which means insanely long workdays writing 8 or 9 articles a day on some days so that I don't have even insanely longer days of five hours in the classroom, followed by 6 articles in the evening. (Today will be an 8-article day! I should be working on #7 now ...)

The administration of the university is not making this any easier. I don't believe that they respond to emails. I sent an email, oh about a week ago, to the person supposedly in charge of background checks. The information in the application packet is vague and unhelpful, so I wanted clarification before I spent money on checks I didn't need. I was told to email this person by the internship director. A week later ... *chirpchirp* Crickets. Speaking of the internship director, I emailed her half of my application packet on Sunday, and it's now going on Thursday (workday-wise), and I still haven't gotten any sort of acknowledgment from her, much less an answer to my question about whether I can use my GRE scores for Praxis 1. This is my second time asking this question with no response. It's becoming very annoying. The SWG--a volunteer-led group devoted to fan fiction and drooling over Elves--should not be better run and managed than a university, but it does frequently seem that way to me. At least it makes me feel about my own organizational/leadership abilities.

It occurs to me that this will all be over someday, and I will read this entry and cackle madly about how crazy my life was. I'm looking forward to that day.

Now onto #7!!

This post was originally posted on Dreamwidth and, using my Felagundish Elf magic, crossposted to LiveJournal. You can comment here or there!

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    • Thanks, Eli ... the good thoughts are mutual! :) I've been monitoring CfL (I have comment notifications turned on for most of your posts, in addition to mine), and there haven't been a lot of questions. I'm hoping that's 'cause people don't have them, not because they're afraid/reluctant to ask! :) I need to post my own project idea and start scaring up some sponsors. And outline my novella. Only a little over a week left. Eek.

      Good luck with everything at home! *hugs back*
  • I'm far removed from such hub-bub, but remember having the same feelings when I had two kids in school and was at college earning my AA. You're even busier than I was as I didn't have groups I was running or articles I was needing to write for a job.

    You amaze me! You are a most fantastic person.

    • *hugs back* Thanks, Pearl, for such kind and encouraging words! :) I like being busy but am looking forward to a day when I can be busy with my own writing and creative projects again.
  • Ugh, that sounds SO familiar. I inquired with a university about distance learning (and I was serious about it!); I requested information via their website, I tweeted at them, everything. *chirp chirp* All I had was a simple question and they could have gotten two years of tuition money from me. *Sigh*
    • I've never had a problem with APU except in the education department. And even then, some of the people I've corresponded with have gotten right back to me. I don't know what it is with these newcomers. Maybe they don't think an online school should use email?

      I haven't forgotten the CfL email, either--the project has been quiet, or you would have heard me screaming for mercy by now. :D
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