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March 5, 2011

First Day of School and Other Updates

Filed under: Chicago, Writing — sashyjane @ 7:53 pm

I had my first day of class on Tuesday and it was a lot of fun!I can tell it’s going to be really good for me and that I’m going to learn more than I thought possible.

In Throw Mama from the Train*, Billy Crystal’s character Larry has a personal motto that he’s not very good at sticking to, “A writer writes. Always.” Larry teaches writing courses and is supposedly working on a novel but he can’t seem to get words on the page.

I can identify. I’ve been quasi calling myself a writer but I haven’t been writing anything. I can’t even seem to compose a cover letter for job applications because I’m terrified of putting something awful down on paper.

In class, we wrote stuff and it didn’t have to be good – we were just writing. Our instructor told us to value process over result, quantity over quality and persistence over talent. Simple but freeing advice. I now feel a lot better about applying for jobs that require writing samples. Who cares if a lot of what I write is pure crap? Of course I won’t submit everything I put on paper, but not putting anything down at all certainly isn’t getting me any jobs or improving my form.

I’ve even been enjoying my homework. But much like this blog, the hard part is forcing myself to get over my laziness and fears to just write something!

In other news, below you’ll find a little slideshow of some pictures of my apartment that I took.  Keep in mind that I did not decorate this place but it has been quite cozy and comfy.  I can’t make 3 of the pictures turn the right way… sorry.

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I haven’t been out to eat since Kristal and Yancie left but after some careful research, I’ve determined that there’s a delicious and cheap Thai restaurant (Garlic & Chili)  exactly one block from my apartment. I’m trying to hold out and not eat there just yet because I know once I start, I won’t be able to stop. Dangerous.

I went to Whole Foods today to find some Clemmy’s brand ice cream and spent the entire time scoffing at the patrons and products. It’s rather appropriate that Whole Foods is just off Superior St. because the air of superiority in that place could choke a person.  I doubt I’ll become a regular patron.



  1. Great views from your apartment. It really is very nice!! I also like how warm you can be while sitting on the toilet…that’s a BIG radiator…haha

    Comment by Toby Holmes — March 5, 2011 @ 10:30 pm

  2. Your apt looks so neat and orderly now that the slingnasty relative went home.

    Comment by Janet — March 5, 2011 @ 10:36 pm

  3. I love your commentary on the Whole Foods clientele. Can’t wait to be there and enjoy the warmth of a radiator!

    Comment by Susie — March 6, 2011 @ 12:10 am

  4. The pictures are nice. Small place but nice. You are not lazy when you set your mind on something. And don’t burn your butt.

    Comment by Pop — March 6, 2011 @ 8:24 am

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