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No Money No Money No Money

Today, the final HSC English test happened. A lot of people now never have to study High School English ever again, and some of them I know and like, and who I talked about Raymond Carver with.

Hopefully it'll be smiles for them come the end of the year.

Unfortunately, today is also the day I got bounced on my grant application, which is disappointing. Can't say I'm too surprised, though: No books in Australia, no publishers in Australia, and no reputation in Australia. All means no cash in Australia. You learn to gamble on these things and I knew the chance was slim. Got no publisher lined up for the book I pitched to them, either, and that probably has a lot of weight there. I figure one day I'll have publishers here. One day I'll even get some free cash from the Government. But, not today, and that means 2008 is another low in cash, mean year, in which I will be selling my soul to anyone with enough loaves of bread. Or something like that.

Still.

Free cash. It would have made a difference.

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catsparx
Oct. 22nd, 2007 06:03 am (UTC)
Bummer dude. I've never had any free cash either. Not that I've ever actually applied for any.
benpeek
Oct. 22nd, 2007 06:06 am (UTC)
this was my second time. i tried years ago, but never got anywhere. figured it might be dif this time round.

i never got any phd grants, either.

free cash and me... just doesn't happen, it seems.
catsparx
Oct. 22nd, 2007 06:09 am (UTC)
I always resented having to work my way through art school when everyone else seemed to get free money.

try again next year?
benpeek
Oct. 22nd, 2007 06:12 am (UTC)
pretty much.

it's really not that big a deal, i suppose. the money just would have made things easier for the year. but it'll work out, as it always does, somehow.
catsparx
Oct. 22nd, 2007 06:14 am (UTC)
I've never qualified for any Agog funding. Whats the bet that the point where i chuck it in is the point when some awesome new NSW anthology grant gets announced.
benpeek
Oct. 22nd, 2007 06:17 am (UTC)
so, thinking of chucking it in when you're a hundred, huh?

:)
catsparx
Oct. 22nd, 2007 06:20 am (UTC)
closer than that...
benpeek
Oct. 22nd, 2007 06:44 am (UTC)
ninety?

cause i don't think that antho grant is happening any time soon, and you want to time it right.
catsparx
Oct. 22nd, 2007 09:00 am (UTC)
keep guessing...
benpeek
Oct. 22nd, 2007 10:20 am (UTC)
ninety five ;)
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benpeek
Oct. 22nd, 2007 10:19 am (UTC)
are you suggesting that i move in with you and become a kept man?!

cause. like. i'm not saying no.

;)
shadowsandice
Oct. 22nd, 2007 09:24 am (UTC)
You could always join the officeborg. You'd only have to give up your dignity and wear a tie.
benpeek
Oct. 22nd, 2007 10:19 am (UTC)
can't you see i'm about to become a kept man?
mattdoyle
Oct. 22nd, 2007 11:28 am (UTC)
who doesnt want to be a kept man? it'd be so great!
benpeek
Oct. 24th, 2007 01:04 am (UTC)
you stay away from juria, man! she's keeping me!
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