Kurt Vonnegut Rocked. Also, I Have Great News.

Yesterday I had a some fun at the expense of others, and myself. I was set to put a poem up today, but over the course of events in the last 24 hours I will have to push that until tomorrow.

Had quite the breakthrough, I have landed a teaching position in a Creative Writing BFA. The course is centered on guiding students in conducting research for historical and environmental settings, which is pretty much what I have done since age 7, when I needed to know what a Bastard Sword was. I had just started playing Dungeons and Dragons and I needed to buy a good weapon for my fighter, but I wasn’t sure if a Bastard Sword was appropriate. Turns out its great for all occasions.

I have been in education for 8 years now, but have yet to be able to teach what I truly live and die for. UNTIL NOW.

As I am now jammed for the day, with a shitton of work ahead of me, I am just going to share this gem and then it’s into the trenches. Kurt Vonnegut was the first of my literary heroes, and his brief talk on story structure kills me every time. Enjoy…poem tomorrow.

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16 thoughts on “Kurt Vonnegut Rocked. Also, I Have Great News.”

    1. Moonie, you are frakking awesome. That’s just what I needed to hear. I’m vulnerable like that.

  1. Congratulations on the job! You’re a brave one to go into teaching (for many reasons, haha) and I commend you. The right teacher (er, professor I suppose) can make a writing class absolutely wonderful.

    1. Thanks much! I’ve taught high school journalism and education classes at the Master’s level, but this will be the first time my passions truly align with my work.

      Best part is that I won’t be deconstructing their writing, but rather help them find the things they need to learn more about to write at a deeper, richer level. I can’t wait to see what worlds they bring to my attention.

      1. Yeah, definitely a loss. Still, at least he left us so many great books – every time I think I’ve read the last of them, three more turn up at my local used bookstore.

      2. So easy to go with the obvious, and I can’t argue how great Slaughterhouse Five is, but I’m almost a bigger fan of God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater and The Sirens of Titan.

      3. The first book of his I ever read was Cat’s Cradle. I was in the sixth grade, so much of it was over my head. At least I set the bar high early.

    1. And your website looks GREAT. I am a big fan of the old radio shows. Looking forward to checking out your podcasts.

    1. Thanks so much for that. I had a great time teaching in that program, and it’s very cool for you to say. Hope you’re doing well!

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