>Individual Investigation on Jewish-American Lit. >Teaching Poetry in elementary schools (3 credit field course) >Creative Non-fiction (writing it) >Intermediate Spanish II (literary eventually) >Construction Safety (so I can get a job)
Senses of the self, a philosophical enquiry of self-consciousness and identity in texts written between the 17th-18th century
last term I took an amazing course on translating cultures, picking apart the ideological distinctions of biblical translation from greek, to latin, to english and then into modernised english, really was incredibly revealing about the development of modern christian faith
>>7574398 >What's your major? Failure, anon. Crippling failure.
>Be me. >Drop out of college at 19 to become a writer. >Devote every free moment of the next 5 years to the craft. >Forgo parties and socializing. >Finish first book. >It's a Harry Potter derivative PoS fantasy novel. >Realize that I have so much more to learn. >Return to college at 24. >Double major in literature and linguistics. >5 years later Graduate Magna Cum Laude and finish second book. >Second book is a science fantasy novel intended to illicit the same sense of wonder and adventure I experienced reading Dumas romance and Robert E. Howard swords and sorcery. >Protagonist goes through the Dumas hero arc and becomes a space pirate, and the book is filled with action and sexy alien women. >Pour the entirety of my energy over 4 years into the novel. Create two functional languages and create a detailed, layered narrative built on an underlying, created mythology. >Mentally and physically exhausted. Choose to self-publish the book like an idiot. >No one seriously reads self-published books. >All the reviews are negative because no one reads past the first 3 chapters. "the book's first 30 pages are boring" and "the protagonist is whiny." >mfw I'm now 30 and realize that I've wasted my youth trying to become a good writer and I've failed.
Just give up, anons. Fuck bitches and become a professor if you love literature.
>>7576083 >even reading sci-fi or fantasy is for dimwits When I was a young tryhard I used to post the same shit. I read Dostoevsky and Hugo, and thought I had elevated myself above others. I looked down on others for their taste. I nitpicked grammar and spelling errors too. I did all of these things to cover my fear, to prove to the world and to myself that I was greater than. The hard truth is that none of that fucking matters. Do the shit that you love now. Don't fucking wait so you can masturbate your own imagined superiority. Just fuck bitches, man. Get drunk. Laugh. Shove things up your ass. It doesn't fucking matter. Just live and don't be a cunt.
can you rec some canadian /lit/? all i know is alice munro lel. really like her stuff tho, rural canadian landscapes seem comfy as fuck (they probably aren't irl, but as fiction they make good reading)
I'm majoring in geography but thinking of a course in poetry writing. never read much poetry, read a shit tonne of short stories though and want to get into other forms of literature (poems, novels etc).
>>7576104 Those sound like pretty standard brush-offs. Don't expect actual feedback from slushpile readers; they're jaded from having to read so much stuff that they don't care for.
For what it's worth, what I read of your story (the introduction, I, and part of II) was technically well-written but steeped in both sci-fi and noir cliches. I've read worse stuff in sci-fi magazines and anthologies for sure, but I can see why nobody has pounced at the chance to publish this.
>>7576246 >steeped in both sci-fi and noir cliches It's a story about an android Sam Spade. I emulated Dashiell Hammett's style and tried to play on the reader's expectations of robot fiction. After Marlowe's unexpected death at the end of part II, the story shifts to the android's perspective and attempts to address the nature of death from two competing points of view.
The android Leroi, in contrast to established AI cliche, embraces his own mortality and chooses to allow his life to be ended in order to ensure future androids can live.
The human, and antagonist, The Cowboy Killer, is a dark mirror. He simply can not accept mortality, murdering women in an attempt to resurrect his dead wife.
The climax focuses on the competing flawed ideologies and the inherent irony.
But, no one ever gets that far. That's the failure. There's no instant pay off. The ending is satisfying and hits hard, but that simply doesn't matter when readers don't stick around past page 3.
>>7576346 >You can have fun without abandoning taste and reason though You are not wrong.
>>7576346 >Also Sci-Fi is for teenagers and manchildren Here, I would argue that, despite what the release of Hollywood action films would have you believe, Sci-Fi and fantasy function as metaphor that allows us to explore the human condition to a greater extent than we might otherwise be permitted. There can be a lot there, should you choose to look for it.
Starship Troopers is either dumb or brilliant, depending on the reader.
>more than 10k words >short story Pick one. This isn't a short story, it's a novella.
In regard to the actual content: Leroi is boring and we've seen noir robots before-in fact, while we're at it, why do you have your robot smoking? That's just bad-. Your antagonist comes from nowhere and feels forced, or maybe like a secondhand Frankenstein. Overall the whole affair feels like a second rate Bladerunner.
Oh, and I almost forget the "climax". What a clusterfuck. Your "thoughtful" science fiction tale ends in robot ultraviolence? Why is your detective suddenly beating the shit out of robots? It's worse than fanfiction. Why the fuck did I waste my time reading this garbage?
>>7576281 If you genuinely want to sell your a story to a modern publication you need the following:
>An analog for rascism(anti alien/techno bigots)
>Very simplistic story/message(don't get fancy, don't try to be subtle about anything especially your message. Let you protagonist win against a patriarchal figure.)
>corporations/government is evil message.
This is what sells. It may not be what people actually want, but this is what sells to publishers. If you want to write a story about robots, make your protagonist a female scientist working on robotics.
Senior here. Double majoring in English with a focus in Creative Writing, and Marketing.
Pretty much done with school aside from two required marketing courses so as far as /lit/ shit goes, I'm assisting in a freshmen level creative writing course, doing a personal study where I get credit hours to just work on my novel, also taking a survey of popular literature with one of my favorite professors even though the class is super easy and the books are entry-level.
>>7574398 Digital Ulysses - 400 level 19th Century American - 300 level Postcolonial literature - 500 level Independent study to do research for my thesis - technically 400 level but it's a placeholder
and a physics course on optics. i'm an english major.
>>7576170 Highly Recommend Anne Carson - Autobiography of Red (Haven't read Red Doc, yet) and The Glass Essay are both good.
Anthony Jarman's "Burn Man on a Texas Porch" is maybe the best Canadian Short Story ever written.
Michael Ondaatje is good - In the Skin of a Lion, The Cinamon Peeler, and The Collected Works of Billy the Kid are all my favorites (The English Patient is also good, obviously). From Ink Lake, the short story collection he organized is good ("The Naming of Albert Johnson," and "The Closing Down of Summer" are both great selections in there)
I've only read Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood, and liked that too. I want to read more of her because she's so prolific.
Also, Gabrielle Roy's The Road Past Altamont is the Canadian My Antonia - I think you'd like that one.
I could just give you my whole reading list if you want.
>tfw I'm planning on majoring on CompSci >I like computers but the mere thought of being a code monkey for the rest of my life hurts >everytime I hear a programmer describing his worklife it sounds like shit >I really really wanna major in Literature/Philosophy and wouldn't mind becoming a teacher >everyone tells me it's hard as fuck and I don't want to die of hunger
What do I do, /lit/? I have to enter college in August, I need advice.
>>7574398 Don't have semesters, my community college goes by quarters. Winter quarter started after Winter break ended.
Currently taking Psychology, P.E., and Acting. Of those, the last is probably the most literary. The psychology professor doesn't really seem like she knows what she is doing and the book is a bit shit.
>>7579218 >inb4 you go "hurrr u just dun get it" because we disagree
Well, you really don't. Looks to me like you haven't started with the Greeks. Read Sextus Empiricus' Outlines of Pyrrhonism. Then read Hume's Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, and follow that up with familiarizing yourself with Nelson Goodman's "new" problem of induction.
It really doesn't bother me that you want to believe in your own version of metaphysics without reason, but you should at least try and grasp reality here. Personally, I'd rather stick with rationalism and rely on logic.
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