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Beer and writing and stuff

So yesterday, by the time I left work, I had a winter sampler pack from Sam Adams to review for work for the monthly beer special and 6 bottles of cider from a rep from the cidery (if I am not, in fact, making up that word, which I may very well be) given to me for free to review on el beer blog. Meaning that I actually *am* now writing for beer – like they provide, I drink, I write. And I’m loving this. I’m also sort of reeling because I never really thought that I’d actually be getting freebie beer to review, like, you know, ever.

But somewhere in the past month I started writing the beer reviews for the monthly beer specials at work. And then they gave me a weekly spot on the store website to review more beer. And now freebie cider because I was talking to a rep because none of the managerial-type people were around and somehow Founder’s Canadian Breakfast Stout came up (a beer that I desperately want but have yet to get ahold of) and then my blog came up and then somehow I ended up with a bunch of cider that I am working my way through in hopes of reviewing by, say, early next week.

So the upshot of posting all of this is that I’m sort of figuring out that I’m actually building a bit of a portfolio of my writing. And it’s writing about a subject that I’m pretty much over the moon about. So this is all good and lovely. Really.

So why sit here and post about it? Other than being excited, I mean.

The answer is basically that academics had dropped my self-esteem down to a sub-microscopic level, and I’m pretty much shocked to find that something I’m doing is going well. But it is, you know, going well.

THE POINT – to those of you in academics who desperately want the fuck out but don’t know what the hell to do with yourselves, I say unto thee: THERE IS LIFE OUTSIDE THE IVORY TOWER. And that life can be fuckawesome. It’s scary at first, but it will work itself out and things will get better. So for anyone who reads this who finds themselves in that horrid limbo place, a million hugs from me to you. It’s hard, and it’s hard to find the strength to believe in yourself or your talent, but you’ll get through it. And if you’re like me, you may someday find yourself in the surprising position of learning that someone actually *wants* to read your writing.

It must be back to school…

… because the paper mills are hiring in force right now.  The craigslist jobs section that focuses on writing jobs has two paper mill positions – one for writing academic papers and one for writing personal statements – hanging out and waiting for applicants.  These openings are just from the last couple of days.  I’m sure they probably won’t be the last.

Now, I could totally rock the hell out of those jobs. 

Will I?  No.  I’d rather teller.*  I think were I to become a paper mill writer, I’d lose a substantial number of friends (who are college instructors of some variety or another) and any sense of self-respect I’ve ever had.  So sorry, shitty economy, but I’m choosing myself over this particular “opportunity.”

I did, however, find it interesting that paper mills hire through craiglist.  I’d always sort of wondered how they found people.

* I tellered throughout my senior year of high school and all of college.  The concept of going back to tellering after 7 years of grad school (thus in some career sense rendering 7 years of grad school completely meaningless) makes me break out in hives.  However, there *are* tellering jobs out there, which is more than I can say for almost any other type of job on the planet.  The “want ads” of the internet, they are depressingly empty.

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