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Postby xcheck24 » Wed Sep 22, 2004 7:37 pm

oh that scam of a league....we were discussing it on the ahl board. they were gonna shut it down and then decided not to....they dont play any defense, dont check, dont do much....
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Postby Anblick » Wed Sep 22, 2004 7:39 pm

Hey it's an option...
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Postby xcheck24 » Wed Sep 22, 2004 7:41 pm

i'll stick with the ahl where they play real hockey, thanks....
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Postby xcheck24 » Wed Sep 22, 2004 9:45 pm

so i really should be working on my personal statement, but it's just not coming. i dont know what's wrong with me...i talked with one of my friends yesterday and she gave me some awesome ideas on getting the juices flowing....but they're just not coming right now. *sigh*

i think i'm just putting too much pressure on myself with this essay...and the stupid GRE too.
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Postby Anblick » Wed Sep 22, 2004 10:16 pm

xcheck24 wrote:oh that scam of a league....we were discussing it on the ahl board. they were gonna shut it down and then decided not to....they dont play any defense, dont check, dont do much....


Since they've yet to play a single game, what are you basing this on?

I for one am keeping an open mind... They ARE NHL players after all...
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Postby xcheck24 » Thu Sep 23, 2004 10:01 am

they've played some games, anby...the score was like 14-10 or something like that of the first games.

i really wish there was a way for me to quit my reporter job and write all the time...too bad it's not financially feesible. i had such a hard time getting out of bed today and coming to work. i just don't want to be here. the energy for this has been sucked out of me. and that's sad because i really love writing about all the things I cover....

maybe i should go play lotto...hey, you cant win if you dont play!
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Postby xcheck24 » Thu Sep 23, 2004 12:50 pm

so ive had enough of this job that ive decided that i need to find a new one....i'll keep working on applying for school, etc., but i need to get out of here. i'm just irritated and annoyed with what I do. it's sucking the life out of me as a reporter. i need to fly away!
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Postby Hyker » Thu Sep 23, 2004 2:03 pm

Normally I recommend to my friends who feel the same way to stick it out and remember that things move in phases. It will get better, eventually. (maybe some of that is a subconscious...and twisted...extension of 'Misery loves Company')

But in your case, I think that it would be a shame to allow your job taint your love of writing. I always imagined that writing for a living would be awsome. But if your job of writing for a paper is hurting your creativity, I would say, "Run away. Run far, far away."
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Postby xcheck24 » Thu Sep 23, 2004 2:17 pm

being a reporter is much different than any other job....when you are covering the same issues over and over again, you find yourself bored with the beat. you need a change. you need something fresh to write about. that opportunity is NOT here where i work. i need a change BIG TIME. i need to climb a little higher on the food chain too.

so here is what ive done so far:
i just applied for a job in washington as a coordinator of open government programs with the american society of newspaper editors. that could be fun.

i just wrote two cover letters. one is to the leader in corning, NY and the other is to the times herald-record in middletown, NY. I have to get my clips together and send them off.

and this is all after i just bought a partial ticket plan to see my favorite minor league hockey team play....oh well. i can probably sell off the tickets or something.
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Postby xcheck24 » Thu Sep 23, 2004 3:51 pm

i like it when my work gets noticed:
http://www.westportnow.com/
read the story from today regarding the Board of Ed reviewing it's email policy :D
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Postby TinaS1570 » Thu Sep 23, 2004 7:35 pm

oh! middletown! practically my backyard.
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Postby Erin Lemley » Thu Sep 23, 2004 10:22 pm

Way to go x! I just read the link on the board of ed email thing.
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Postby xcheck24 » Fri Sep 24, 2004 10:13 am

i just read the funniest news article...some guy in minnesota (i think that's where it was) decided to change his name to "They." no last name. It's his whole legal name. "They." There HAS to be a story here. I just have to figure it out.

Meanwhile, I have everything all set to be sent for those jobs, BUT i have to go make copies of my clips yet. I'll be sneaking out momentarily to go do that. I really hope one of these jobs pans out. I will CRY if I dont get out of this hell hole soon. I'm just DYING here.
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Postby Anblick » Fri Sep 24, 2004 10:25 am

Did you read this online? if so where?
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Postby Tupwen » Fri Sep 24, 2004 11:26 am

Well, I read the article here: http://cnn.netscape.cnn.com/ns/news/story.jsp?&idq=/ff/story/0001/20040923/1850151445.htm.

Interestingly enough, I wrote a story about the Infamous They… only the "They" in that are an evil organization bent on taking over the world and killing those who know too much about them. :wink:

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Postby pengwenn » Fri Sep 24, 2004 2:19 pm

X - I have a ? for you. Do you find that being a reporter and having to stick to the facts has hindered you in any way in your creative writing? There has been flact recently about reporters taking liberties with their stories (and making them up) so I was wondering how hard is it to maintain the line between your nonfiction work stuff and your fiction pleasure stuff. I've been toiling with teh idea of getting a second BA (in Journalism) or going straight for a Masters. One reservation I have is that I like to be creative and imaginative so what I report might not be entirely the truth. A little advice here of great wise sage. :bow:
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Postby xcheck24 » Fri Sep 24, 2004 2:57 pm

i find it not hard at all to report the facts...if you like to tell a story about something that happened to you, then you would be a good reporter. i dont have trouble sticking to the facts at all. there is a lot of the stuff i see as a reporter, tho, that feeds into my creative writing. there are so many people that i meet that can feed into characters I create.

what would your masters be in?
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Postby Sakkasie » Fri Sep 24, 2004 6:30 pm

X,

Are you going to look at job opportunities when you're in San Francisco? There's quite a few community newspapers as well as the big dailies. There are also a large number of entertainment newspapers.

Will you be here for Fleet Week, Oct 4-10th? 10,000 lonely sailors wandering the streets of San Francisco, looking for love in all the wrong places ... 10,000 ... lonely ... sailors ...

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Postby xcheck24 » Fri Sep 24, 2004 6:32 pm

i dont want to live in california...just visit my friend when I can :D

and i will be the week AFTER...DAMNIT! :x
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Postby xcheck24 » Fri Sep 24, 2004 6:34 pm

so i figured out the story to work off of the "they" thing.
it's a group of secret agents who are all code named "they" and "he" and "himself" and so on. I have to figure out what they will be secret agents for. Hmmm.....
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Postby TheMudge » Sat Sep 25, 2004 8:47 am

How about secret literary agents . . . hiding from writers . . .
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Postby xcheck24 » Sat Sep 25, 2004 9:59 am

i was thinking about something along the lines of aliens or something, but i cant figure out what....
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Postby TheMudge » Sat Sep 25, 2004 10:14 am

Well, had you been to the writer conference in Athens, you'd know that many literary agents ARE, in fact, aliens . . .

My observation, anyway . . .

Is this a book or short-story?
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Postby Anblick » Sat Sep 25, 2004 10:38 am

I think they work for "I.T."
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Postby xcheck24 » Sat Sep 25, 2004 5:52 pm

TheMudge wrote:Is this a book or short-story?


i havent decided that part yet...i'll probably just write until i'm done and then figure it out.

meanwhile i need to figure out what i'm reading tuesday night at my writer's group. i havent been writing much lately. i could read the kiss poem and the bitch poem. that's probably what i'll do.
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