Another thing I hate is medieval literature, which is what really drove me to take a leave from my Ph.d program this year. It's not that I don't want a Ph.d, it's that I don't want to have to earn one. I'd rather be given an honorary doctorate for being cool than have to know about the influence of Boccaccio on Dante (or is it the other way around? see, this proves that I am not cut out for academia). Some people I know are comfortable pretending they know everything, and thus make good professors. Others actually do know everything, and they make good professors too. I don't fall into either category.
This post probably sounds whiny. I know there are many worse situations out there, and I feel guilty for being dissatisfied. I should be grateful for the experiences I've had, and I am. But, maybe this is a mid-life crisis talking. I just don't want to spend my time doing things I don't love anymore. So either I need to find a way to make a living doing what I love, or I need to find a way to love what I need to do to make a living. Was that too convoluted?
Here's the other thing: the numbers just don't add up--5 kids +140 texts to master for my exams + 1.20 minute commute to Salt Lake + 3 writing classes to teach= what? A trip to Utah State Hospital? It's just not working for me.
I need a book deal, a large grant, or Christian needs to win the Herb Alpert award ASAP! (MacArthur Grant? Can't apply for NEA grant until March '10.)