one step closer
The problem with having one's student records accessible via the innawebnets is that it provides a real-time status of one's pending applications. This means, of course, that I have a little linky that I can click to see if the PtB at SJSU consider me worthy enough to continue my studies at their fine, fine institution (*cough*).
The little linky did not show a status change for several weeks. It was stuck on "complete," meaning "we got your stuff and your fee." The grad coordinator in the English Dept has had my writing sample for two weeks...but no file to go with it. But now it shows "referred to grad dept" which means the Grad Studies Office looked at it and didn't
say "you have no business being in graduate school." That's a good thing. [I actually was in a PhD program, a long time ago. I lasted six weeks.]
Tonight, when Dr. Grad Coordinator has to walk past me to leave his classroom (my AmNovel meets after his, in the same room), I will be sending the following telepathic message: "Lemme in! Lemme in! I would like to spend three nights every week from September through December studying materials and methods of literary research, narrative craft and theory, and the development of American fiction from the 19th into the 20th centuries." Or something like that.
In other news, the department just hired two young, female assistant profs. This is good, because the department was slightly skewed toward older, male profs.
In other, other news, it's not too late to submit some crap for the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest
. I have no doubt that some of you could write some horrific
entries! (That's a compliment.)