After the Job Fair

The job fair went surprisingly well. As I predicted, there were not many jobs there pertaining to what I wanted, but I did ask around and found Novo Nordisk and Talecris, both pharmaceutical companies.

The latter did not have any openings for entry level tech writers, while Novo Nordisk did! I was really surprised. The woman there told me to send my resume to her email address, which I did.

I doubt I will even get an interview with them, but it would be nice if they were willing to train me. Novo Nordisk is not far from where I live at all and they have great benefits.

It’s a step in the right direction!

Note to self: buy new interview clothes and shoes! I need something more comfortable, if that’s even possible.

I wrote the first chapter of XIII: Part XII today and it was mostly just a summary of what happened to my characters in the seven years that passed between the end of Part XI and the start of Part XII. I got all excited about it, and it was a stress reliever before the job fair.

I did end up writing my two poems last night, which were titled, “Number One” and “Bosom.” I’m not too proud of either of them, but as in all my poems, there is one line or a few words I really like. The rest is usually unfiltered crap that I will try to get through in the revision. “Bosom” is like a pastiche (been wanting to use that word) of all the different phrases (nonsensical and stupid) that ran through my head – kind of like a stream of consciousness. “Number One” is about a guy that I’m still infatuated with, but am trying to stop myself from falling for. I’d love to get out of the cliche love poem genre – as my poetry writing teacher said, it’s very difficult to bring fresh ideas and perspectives to a love poem.

Today’s poem was called “Everything I Have” and is dirty. I don’t want to go into exactly how dirty it is, but it is definitely over PG-13.  Most of my poems are based on main ideas that I’ve had in my head for some time and that I’m dying to get out. I think a lot of the poems I write can be consolidated into one big poem or a bunch of bigger poems – a lot of them feel more like scraps than full-fledged poetry.

I have over 1,000 poems written. It’s going to be a real chore trying to find which ones I want to revise and which ones I want to toss. I plan to devote some time to that, hopefully in the near future. I’m looking at hardcore revision and publication. I eventually want to get into the yearly Best American Poetry anthology; that’s my ultimate goal, at least.

A Farewell to Arms is really irritating me. I feel nothing for any of the characters – I want some action to happen. Catherine is really getting on my nerves; she seems so ditzy. I’m over halfway through the book and I plan to finish. Maybe it’ll have a shocker ending or something very compelling in the next few pages.

That seems to be about it. Good night!

Decision to Go to the Job Fair

I have decided that I am definitely going to the job fair at my old community college on Wednesday. Even if there aren’t any employers from companies I want to work for, maybe they’ll at least save a copy of my resume or perhaps even recommend me to someone who would be interested in hiring me. No matter what happens, it will be good experience at any rate. I’ve never been to a job fair; the one they were going to have at my college was canceled; not enough employers showed up.

I finished Part XI of XIII. The next part takes place seven years in the future, so I’m going to have to write another throw-away explanatory chapter at the beginning of Part XII explaining a little about what the characters have done in the seven years of their lives I haven’t been writing about them. I wonder if that might be redundant or too obvious – I think once I revise the entire story from Part I to Part XIII, I’ll be able to tell. Hopefully.

I’ve been reading A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway. The first chapter irritated me. Every single sentence had at least one instance of “and” in it. To be perfectly honest, I don’t like Hemingway’s writing style. He’ll have pages where it’s like a wall of text, then another page where it’s all dialogue and the sentences are short and clipped. The content of the story doesn’t really interest me either; it might just be because I’m not too into reading about wars – but I did like The Caine Mutiny (Herman Wouk), which remains one of my favorite books. I’ll keep reading Hemingway’s book in the hope that it gets more interesting… it should.

I looked up all the big publishing companies in North Carolina in hopes that I may be able to work for one of them; most of them are in Greensboro, which goes nicely for my plans for graduate school in the future. I hope one day to go to UNC-Greensboro and perhaps have a part-time job with one of the publishing companies in that same city. Another dream…

Haven’t written a poem yet. I’ve read The Best of the Best American Poetry 1988-1997 (edited by Harold Bloom) for inspiration, but nothing’s coming to me. Maybe I’ll just write two tomorrow. I have days like that – I won’t feel like writing at all one day, then the next day, I can easily spit out two or three halfway decent poems.

I’m waiting for my copy of The Chicago Manual of Style (the newest edition) so I can begin studying it. I’ve been looking over The Associated Press Stylebook (2007 version) that I needed for my Introduction to Editing class. I love that stylebook; I can’t count how many times it’s come in handy. I can only hope that The Chicago Manual of Style does the same good!

Even so, nothing beats The Elements of Style (Strunk and White). Highly, highly recommended for any writers in any field.