Wednesday, August 15, 2007


A year later, after walking all over campus going to visit eight different people's offices, and emailing countless other people, after sending in course syllabis and arguements to why I should get credit for my Short Story class, after many tears and frustrations with the Maryland school system, I finally have credit for all four of my classes that they wouldn't give me credit for before. They transfered in three of them right before I left this semester, which was exciting, but this is one that I would have had to take over again, if I hadn't gotten it. So I have been fighting for it all summer. Finally, after all that, I have credit for it and can graduate happy (well, make that I CAN graduate...see that HL CORE he tagged on the end there...I need to have one of those clases to graduate...I now do)!! Hooray. This makes my day! I don't have to retake short story. Maybe to celebrate I will post a few of my favorite short stories on here and we can discuss them. Some of them really stick with you.

Have any of you read the Lottery? Paul's Case? Those are two of my favorites. I'll have to go home and look up the rest. Any comments about short stories? Looking back, I enjoyed reading most of them. Some of them were a little weird (like the Swimmer, or the story about the man with the wings). Yeah, I'll have to pull out that old book and flip through it.


Dear Transfer Credit Center:

Please update the following student's record, along with changing the current course equivalence, as noted below:

Faith H***** (********)
514040 - University of Delaware (0401) ENGL210, Introduction to the Short Story is equivalent to the following UMD course: ENGL278 and HL CORE


Kevin M. R*******

Oh and I have one more non major class to take before I graduate. It has to be a history of art or an art class or I just found the one I think I am taking... I a music class. It in an intro to theory class. I think it would be fascinating. I'll have to think about it, but I am pretty sure this is what I want to take. It is either this or intro to film. But who wants to sit around and watch movies and write papers about them? I mean, some movies might be interesting, but I would probably have to watch a lot of crap that I don't want to. I'd rather learn about music and how it is made.

MUSC140 Music Fundamentals I; (3 credits) Grade Method: REG/AUD. CORE History or Theory of Arts (HA) Course. USP Distributive Studies Area C: Literature and the Arts Course.
Limited to non-music majors. Introductory theory course.
Notation, scales, intervals, triads, rhythm, form and basic aural skills.


Lynne said...

I wrote a screenply based on The Lottery that took place on the Johnny Carson Show with Dr. Joyce Brothers administering the lethal ended with a show-stopping musical number.

Shirley Jackson has a funny collection of short stories called Life Among the Savages that is a semi-autobiographical chronicle of chaotic life in a household with four children. It's very different from The Lottery.

faith said...

I don't if it is harder to write a short story or a long story. In one case you have to keep the readers attention for a long time, but on the other hand you have to pack a punch in only a few pages and have the people care that the main character just died or had this happen to them.

Did you ever actually have people play out the screenplay? I bet that would have been amusingly tragic.

I might have to read Life Among the Savages. I bet it is interesting, especaially having grown up with four sibings.

Sue said...

Praise the Lord from whom all blessings come! I am so happy for you. Love you.

faith said...

Hello wonderful mother of mine! I am glad to see you back in the blogging world! :D

Lynne said...

My English class acted out the play as best they could. For instance, the musical dance number was impossible with the available talent (or lack thereof). I made it bizarre and over-the-top because it was the only way I could cope with the evil.

I don't think it's a matter of difficulty regarding short stories v. long. Though there are writers who accomplish both, I think they require different gifts.