Help a Writer Out

Hello WordPress community and people of the internet! I am working on a short story, and could use some help writing about the worst night out ever.

worst night

Please, share your stories – your personal stories, or a friend’s, or perhaps crazy things you’ve read on the internet. Right now, my scene is a little dull, so I’m looking for inspiration to make it better.

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Thank you for taking the time to read this post; I hope to read your comments soon!

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Just Sold My Childhood for $5

Remember when I wrote about my odd, embarrassing obsession with Christopher Pike when I was a teenager?

Because I’m, like, growing up and shit, but more because I’m moving across the country at the end of this summer, I sold almost my entire Pike collection.

read it like its 1999

This was the right move.

Yet I couldn’t help but feel a pang of regret as the kid who responded to my ad pulled a five dollar bill out of his wallet, took the box full of books from me, and walked away, all with an exchange of less than 10 words. It would have been ridiculous for me to haul that box across the country with me, but at the same time, how do you say goodbye to a book?

Never-say-goodbye

Part of me wanted to interrogate the kid – make sure he would be a decent foster parent.

ridiculous

Yet true.

Care to share your own rites of passage? The wonderful, the maudlin, the bittersweet – all are welcome!

Just Ok: Ghosts, Atmosphere, & Disappointment

I recently finished Sadie Jones The Uninvited Guests. I have been working on reading this novel since mid-summer, but only finished the novel this month. It was… okay.

Uninvited Guests

The Uninvited Guests is a ghost story that starts very strong, but ends on a few fairly disappointing notes.

I was really looking forward to this novel. I am a fan of a well written ghost story, and had heard excellent reviews and opinions of this one.

The novel begins promisingly. I liked the author’s style of writing, and felt that she did a great job setting up the appropriate atmosphere. It made me excited to know what happened next. The novel also has very long beginning chapters, though – which is a little disconcerting, when you don’t realize it. You tell yourself you’re just going to read a chapter before beginning your homework, and an hour or more later, you realize you’re still not quite done with the first chapter yet. (I’m possibly exaggerating, plus I read slow, but still, the chapter’s pretty long.)

In addition, my friend began reading this novel at the same time, and she did not initially enjoy the author’s style of writing. So it’s possible that not everyone would initially like the novel.

The setup was great, the characters were well written, I wanted to keep reading –

And then, the last third of the book takes a turn towards Disappointment Ranch.

Disappointment Ranch - where the

Disappointment Ranch – where the good ol’ American need for expansion usually results in death by malaria.

The characters change very suddenly, and without much reason. So the story feels as though it’s resolved very abruptly, like the author knew what ending she wanted, but ran out of steam trying to get there.

And far too much of the story’s last third and resolution depends on love. I have a boyfriend, and a son, and I love both of them, but the use of love at the end of this novel struck me as overwhelming. I was ready to throw my hands up and yell: “Yech! Stop! Cooties!” even though no kissing or sexy times occurred.

Have you read The Uninvited Guests? What were your opinions? Did you find the ending disappointing?

You SUCK! not a love story

For those of you who read my title, and immediately ascertained the Christopher Moore reference, congratulations! You get 10 points. Towards what, I’m not sure, but it seems like you’re on your way to winning.

Moore, ftw! (Did I use that slang right?) #gettingold

Moore, ftw! (Did I use that slang right?) #gettingold

So this post is about on-site interviewing. I was recently invited to an office interview for a Big Four Accounting Firm in downtown Detroit, which was an amazing opportunity that ended in rejection.

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I knew the chance of my being accepted was small, because I’m not yet in a program that gives an expected graduation date, and I’m old, and I’m a mom, but it still sucks to be rejected.

Okay,  moping over.

Okay, moping over.

On the positive side of the situation, it is a great opportunity just to be invited to an on-site interview. It means that the initial, on-campus interview went well, that you get to see the office environment you are considering for employment at its’ best (it is, after all, recruiting day), and you get practice interacting with the business professionals you will one day call your peers. Since you would prefer for your visit to end with a happier result than mine, however, I thought I would share my thoughts on important things to keep in mind for on-site interviews:

  • If you are being hotel-ed for the night, make sure that you pack your bag the night before you leave. If you are a breastfeeding new mom, don’t forget your breast pump! The nearby drugstore will not have one available for purchase (trust me, I tried).

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  • Bring along mints to freshen your breath, especially if you are being served some type of food. Pizza and onion-y good food is often served, and you do not want to feel like “pizza-breath” all day.
Having fresh breath helps you feel more prepared - or, at least, not gross.

Having fresh breath helps you feel more prepared – or, at least, not gross.

  • If at all possible, get a full night’s rest the night before your interviews.
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Seriously – how cool is this Sleeping Beauty pic I found? Also – get enough sleep!

  • Avoid filler words such as “um,” “like,” etc. Practice speaking, and conscientiously try to pause and think before giving a response. It’s an interview, not a race – you don’t get points for getting through the questions as quickly as possible.
I'm sorry, Mr. Owl - you used the wrong interview strategy. (Though you're super cute.)

I’m sorry, Mr. Owl – you used the wrong interview strategy. (Though you’re super cute.)

  • If you are a new mom, bring a shirt that you can fully button, to avoid any possible cleavage mishaps if you forget your breast pump.
Avoid unintentional cleavage.

Avoid unintentional cleavage.

  • Give yourself more time to get to the interview than you think you need. When you get there excessively early, do not go to the interview site yet. Wait at the coffee shop a block away and do your homework until 15 minutes before they want you at the site.
Watch the clock; don't be too early!

Watch the clock; don’t be too early!

  • Try to be confident without being cocky.
No one likes a cock-y person.

No one likes a cock-y person.

  • For the love of peanut butter, do not forget your breast pump! Seriously – being uncomfortable, and feeling like your breasts are enormous while trying to interview is not a fun task. I would wish it on my worst enemy, but not many others.
Forget it, and you'll regret it!

Forget it, and you’ll regret it!

Those are some tips gleaned from my recent interview experience! Any other tips/tricks/jokes I should hear? Or better yet – are you looking for an accounting intern this winter (*wink,wink*)?

The Obligatory Image Attributions from people who are totally awesome & let you use their pics for free:

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