When I attended University at the University of Winnipeg I thought I was on to something… Something good. They would teach me and I could have a future… At least I thought I could but see I majored in creative writing and had a nervous breakdown… Now some professors stigmatize me further and have decided not to let me back in to the courses requiring portfolios… PTHHHHHHT to them! When in year one I took a course called Retoric… It was a writing course designed to primarily stamp out passive verbs in writing… Okay stupid humour.. but that he stressed.
While in this course we were assigned a book called Weapons of Mass Instruction… An argument against formal education in a university setting… LOL I thought… until now… Screw them… They took $20,000 outta my pocket and won’t let me finish… Oh yeah… Risky language was used in my portfolio… I used Nigger!!!! Yeah I used Nigger… from a slaver’s perspective while capturing future slaves in mother Africa. Maybe talked of semen being spilled into sheets… Then again a Governor General award winning Poet talked of Louis Riel’s fascination with the same topic in class… Oh well.
Anyway the theme of this book is to prove that many people of a great importance to our culture didn’t necessarily learn from institutions but learned on their own. People like Dan Quayle… a C student who dropped out to become Vice President of the USA. Craig Venter, Human Genome extraordinaire who passed Junior High School because a teacher gave him a D instead of his rightful F. George W. Bush had a C average in college. While the likes of Bill Gates, Paul Allen, Steve Jobs, and Steve Wozniak have NO COLLEGE DEGREES AT ALL!!!!!
The new plan, like they told me, is to read to write! So I did… The Norton Anthology was a great guide and now I enter short story contests that I hope to win towards publishing credit with a major publishing agent… Maybe someone like Cooke International. In the meantime I revise my first novel and await the results of the contests I have entered. I lost the first one I entered. Oops! I creatively forgot to double space my piece. Now I can only win when I need it the most… Look out world here comes another dropout doing what the voices despise… WRITING!