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@john_self (I mean, I'm worried, too. But millions of people have already voted.) @john_self What could it be? He doesn't seem like the kind of fellow who leaves anything IN a bag.I could be wrong, but my prediction is that the upshot of tonight's debate, the last of the election cycle, will be… https://t.co/V2mwG0TBsLI want to apply for this post even though I possess exactly zero of the qualifications. https://t.co/83Piq4BFkB @ValerieHarms I voted early & in person!Dear Twitter, please excuse me but finished UK copies of my new novel have arrived here in Texas (US edition… https://t.co/Y99Dmk7521
Retweeted by Elizabeth McCracken @Leavittnovelist I got one of those! It's so confusing. @annelysegelman I know! I'm so glad you watched it. I was trying to figure out how much to tell you, but I watched… https://t.co/xzO1i4z92t @LibrarygirlN Are you interested only in UK answers, or worldwide? (I'm in the US.) @kmpeschel "Fucking Hell, Kathleen: the FEC deadline is in HOURS." @betsygriebs But, see, that feels very authentically personal.I would just like solicitations for money that treat me like a grown-up.It's possible that, as a child, I believed in the misleading language on the Publishing Clearing House mailings unt… https://t.co/PS2GWmwBCc"I am writing to you personally, Elizabeth..." No you are not! I also don't like the texts that say, "Elizabeth. It's Joe." It's not Joe.I wrote about how my late father's guava tree erupted in blossoms for the first time during this pandemic, like a b… https://t.co/QQBbRELAVh
Retweeted by Elizabeth McCrackenI want to get on the other side of this election & then I want there to be a law banning requests for donations tha… https://t.co/dU6o9BwIVW @boypoet Aw! Did you see the documentary about him? It's quite wonderful. @tochea That is absolutely true. & mostly I'm sad I couldn't tell her that I made that joke. She would have loved it.
10/22
2020
@annelysegelman Me too! I loved him. The documentary is great! Have you seen it?I'm so sorry to hear of the death of The Amazing Randi. The documentary on his life, An Honest Liar, is terrific & layered & fascinating.The last picture of me and Randi. I can’t type through the tears. This will be a hard day of making tv. I lov… https://t.co/dv0aJiAJb5
Retweeted by Elizabeth McCrackenA drawing a day. Day 217. Ursula K. Le Guin. “It is above all by the imagination that we achieve perception and com… https://t.co/0W34fI1dBS
Retweeted by Elizabeth McCrackenI have voted & would now like to be put into the Swiss sleep cure for the next few weeks, as Valley of the Dolls assured me was possible. @readalltweets Me neither!Mambo Number 41. https://t.co/kv4YFtMjhxI'm one of those who frets that the election will be much closer than the polls indicate. That in a world where non… https://t.co/7XRlKI5ONr
Retweeted by Elizabeth McCrackenApologies for wanging on about this but Covid meant our theatrical release in the US was limited, so here's a chanc… https://t.co/B9LnLrXcsX
Retweeted by Elizabeth McCracken @simonblackwell I am SO EXCITED! @alexanderchee The word "loose" is upsetting. I was prim & insisted on calling it by its spinster name, The Maid-Rite. @alexanderchee That made me bark with laughter! I was never a fan of the loose meat sandwich, not the name & not the item.Remember a few months ago when all the think pieces were telling us not to let our kids or pets interrupt zoom call… https://t.co/zcX6vg8whE
Retweeted by Elizabeth McCracken @alexanderchee My god, the Round Top! I drank there but somehow leave it off of my mental Iowa City map. @Jeff_Jacoby Thanks, Jeff! She was not so secretly smug that she had a PhD & my father was ABD. @kathyblackwell @JeffSalamon @NYTimesGames @stefanfatsis Decile should absolutely count! It doesn't seem obscure to me at all.While on Zoom last week, a nice academic called me "Dr. McCracken" (I'm not) & I'm still sad I didn't think to say,… https://t.co/qGCzOAt9bA @alexanderchee Black's Gaslight Village, Iowa City, 1988, one giant weird room with a skylight, $290.New £1,000 prize for an author whose work has best spoken of the experience of chronic illness and/or disability! T… https://t.co/ykifTyisc4
Retweeted by Elizabeth McCracken @davidbishop Wow, that's so interesting! How many applications do you get? How many interviews do you do?My MFA Application tip: Protect your heart. Because lot of this sh*t is luck. Selection is SO subjective. When I a… https://t.co/8ryGcA1Iau
Retweeted by Elizabeth McCracken @MauraOBrien61 @Paul_Lisicky I got the matching cake plate.Remembering Fayard Nicholas, born on this day in 1914 in Mobile, Alabama. Here he is dancing with his younger broth… https://t.co/BKInQhJL62
Retweeted by Elizabeth McCracken @Rumaan It's amazing even close up all the time. I cannot draw at all.
10/21
2020
My MFA PERSONAL Writing Application Tips: University of Oregon Creative Writing Program has 5 fully-funded spots f… https://t.co/ZgAHktyNzF
Retweeted by Elizabeth McCracken @CharlesEaly @amerasolutions I hope it was nothing serious, Charles! We were just wondering how you are.A drawing a day. Day 216. Bela Lugosi. “I have lived too completely, I think. I have known every human emotion.” (B… https://t.co/Whr2dTvzok
Retweeted by Elizabeth McCrackenFriendly reminder that a MFA in creative writing is *a* path to writing, not *the* path.
Retweeted by Elizabeth McCracken @Rumaan @Real_Simple It's so great! @elizabethwennic I am afraid I am always on the side of the Krakens. @nealkane While feeling with ALL of your arms. @elizmccracken I think this is secretly snake in a can and if you open it--out pops the Krakken
Retweeted by Elizabeth McCracken @JesseLKercheval Right in the armpit. Ouch! @billyfatzinger Krakens smell great doing anything!Wait, now that I think about it, it probably means something bucolic & nice having to do with Krakens.A friend sent me this picture. Is this protection for Krakens, or from Krakens? Very dangerous if used incorrectly! https://t.co/7aku7hbN5a @Paul_Lisicky I know! Chilly December. It was so lovely!In 2019 I was in New York City, walking around the John Derian stores with @Paul_Lisicky In 2020, I just got my J… https://t.co/5bIJOLq9wDThis is the one part of this excellent thread that I disagree with a little. I like to see a bit of range. One grea… https://t.co/htfuwwHdLg
Retweeted by Elizabeth McCrackenMISSING MY PEOPLE! This sweet girl was witnessed jumping out the window of a moving car on the southbound IH 35 fro… https://t.co/CQlPWV9vL8
Retweeted by Elizabeth McCracken @BlkLibraryGirl (But you better believe I'll be listening to this. How amazing!) @chelseywaters @elliottholt I do, too. Three is too many, for certain!If a friend has written a letter for rec for a student, I will not ask for further details. Me knowing your recomme… https://t.co/wpOr4FbOvb @elliottholt I think mostly people would agree with us?To the extent that I care about letters of rec, I care whether the writer thinks the subject is good company & a good colleague. @xiankiefer "Problems we can work with" is a great way to think about it. @elliottholt Again, speaking for myself: I absolutely do not care. In no way is studying creative writing a require… https://t.co/zeKUS9nQGO @randallwrites It's true, but here we're generally talking about apprentice work anyhow. (& I wish it weren't so, j… https://t.co/AdzTh7appQ @susnjp I don't think it's any harder! I've been reading apps for things for 30 years. However, I am pro MFA/library work. @lisazeidner In my experience, this says more about the professor than the student.I don't care whether I've ever heard of your recommenders. I don't care what they think about your work: I have your work in front of me.Occasionally they will help me overcome a small worry I've had. EG from some years ago, somebody who'd dropped out… https://t.co/pamgnlGiAL2. How important are letters of rec? This is one of those questions I definitely cannot answer for other people. For me: they aren't.But if your best work is a novel, or if you're working on a novel & don't have a short story, absolutely apply with a novel.My gut feeling is that the ideal fiction application is a complicated long story, if you happen to have one..@elliottholt has added: one great story, or add another story? Generally, one great story. If the page limit is 30… https://t.co/afUwtysss1So I will go with that old standby: submit your best work. This might not be the work you're most excited about--th… https://t.co/JidIIKnWc1& it is true that a really well done short story, with an arc, will be more satisfying than a novel excerpt.However, I have more than once served on a committee where somebody has said, "You can't tell anything from a novel excerpt."This is a tricky one. I *love* novel excerpts. Specifically, I love the openings of novels as a submission. There a… https://t.co/YtR8d89OWm1. is it better to submit a novel excerpt or short stories for a fiction program?I have two questions from a prospective MFA student which I'll answer here--both because other people might be inte… https://t.co/Qg3eCk1PWF @Kristen_Arnett It's so brilliant. @comparatista @Warfield_UT @sholalynch @LaKaylaCW Your Flat Shirley is the most wonderful thing I've seen in days. @HalpernAlex If you are applying for an MFA in tweeting, yes.There are two reasons not to do this. The big one is what I just said: it makes your SOP sound like somebody else w… https://t.co/KJM3IqsoJcAn enormous number of SOPs last year opened with: "I write fiction about [blank] & [blank]." Any number of abstract… https://t.co/bBk3M7JzglI'm delighted to answer any questions about applying, best as I can. #1 piece of advice for Statement of Purpose: d… https://t.co/RlOvfYBaP4Hello! There are two excellent fiction/poetry MFA programs at UT Austin, @MichenerCenter & The New Writers Project.… https://t.co/KollBhHVwJI just did this & I'm very excited! https://t.co/as2Az5fCSMTravis County ballot drop-off box is a breeze! https://t.co/klrjGqKJtK https://t.co/vVIMJadfYR
Retweeted by Elizabeth McCrackenAdmire @Warfield_UT director @comparatista's brilliant 5th grade Flat Shirley; at 5PM tune in for a conversation wi… https://t.co/0ivQwDl7x7One benefit of the Tomales Bay Workshops being online this year is YOU can join us for the FREE faculty readings ov… https://t.co/H85QUtvrav
Retweeted by Elizabeth McCrackenDid you know that you can vote from your hospital bed if you’re a registered voter hospitalized around Election Day… https://t.co/EFz7ObYCSh
Retweeted by Elizabeth McCracken @laurenthehough 100% @MarieDomingo The French love that song! @laurenthehough It's been in my head for a while. I had to wait for a day when I hadn't said anything awful while r… https://t.co/Rh7wehWbChSome years ago after hearing both Shake Your Groove Thing & Shake Your Booty, the ball-&-chain suggested the Englis… https://t.co/2bBZP1ksrPArse. Booty. Moneymaker. Groove Thing. Whatever.In other words, more worried about metaphorically showing my ass.I worry that at some point computer hackers will figure out a way to make public the things I say aloud when I read people's e-mails. @LauraZigman That was a total: yes, of beloved memory, I miss it too!
10/20
2020

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