Thursday, March 18, 2010


In order to keep my teaching job I have to take this really annoying class with University of Phoenix. I know I have to take this class because I've been TPS reported about it. I've gotten like two dozen letters about it and responded a bunch of times. I went up to HR and met with the lady and she entered all my info in the computer.

Then today I got this letter telling me I'd get a 15 day suspension and a meeting to discuss my failure to comply with taking this class I paid $600 to take. This class is a shitload of work and I've got a 94.

I gotta tell you guys, I'm really tempted to tell them to go fuck themselves.

All this time on this bullshit is getting in the way of writing my script.

I have May and June left in the school year and then I'm off again in July and August because our school is switching to traditional schedule. Yes, I know, I have a charmed life. But this means I have until September to decide whether or not I want to keep teaching. I want to knock this script out of the park so I can get another job and not have to go back to the classroom. Don't get me wrong, I've enjoyed teaching, but it's really hard to keep pushing through the bullshit when you're ever so close to not needing it anymore.


  1. Yeah, but CLOSE doesn't equal THERE.
    I know where you're coming from but be careful! If you have to go back to it one day you might regret telling them to go f*ck themselves, tempting as it might be.

  2. Do what you gotta do, man. Sometimes you gotta have faith and quit your day job and focus on your writing career, even if it means being hungry and not having a steady income. It can be scary...

  3. Anonymous12:32 PM

    Given that some 23K teachers got pink slips this Friday, "quitting" may be a moot point...

    And I hope the writing gig you have is a WGA contract deal.

  4. As long as I complete this class I'm not supposed to get a pink slip, but one of my friends probably is and that's another reason quitting would be ideal. There's a chance she gets to keep her job if I quit.

    I don't know for sure yet, but it is reasonable to assume it's a WGA job. They have a deal with a major studio.

  5. I would be very careful about leaving a steady income. I am a teacher and a screenwriter living in
    Dallas. I have had recent success with one of my scripts and well know actors have signed on and a director is attached. I can tell you right now after looking over the contract with our manager, I am not quitting. In the current climate of Hollywood, paychecks are down and there is no guarantee of another job.

    I am married. I do have a kid. I do have to split the money with a writing partner, but take all those factors away and I'm still going to work tomorrow.

    All I am saying is everyone out there said we have to quit. We have to move to LA because our careers will be taking off. Don't see that happening any time soon.

  6. I'm retarded. I'm not quitting unless I have enough money to replace my salary.

  7. Even then...My goal is to quit when I have five to ten years salary. One year in this economy is not enough to make me feel safe.

  8. At some point I think trying to do two jobs is not worth it.


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