(This was originally posted in my Livejournal.)
I had a crappy day yesterday. It started on Monday: minutes after I submitted my resume for a children's art teaching position, I was called up by S.W. from a company called "KidsArt Fine Art Classes" requesting an interview. I was thrilled, and went to the interview; then it started to get a bit weird. Saying she wanted to "get to know me," S.W. began asking all sorts of questions, like (I'm paraphrasing here) "What was a decision you made that you feel most altered the life of the person you made the decision for?" At one point, she asked where my parents were; when I said they were deceased, she started asking, how did they die? When did they die? What did I do, and who took care of me? Like a fool, I answered- I was trying to be charming and candid- although part of me wondered why she was being so intrusive. Other than this weirdness, I thought it went well; at the end, she asked me to come back to observe a class. I said I'd love to, and she replied after I attended the class, we would take things from there. I thought that was a good sign, so I went away pleased.
But, lo and behold! When I arrived home, there was an email in my inbox from this same woman, S.W., telling me that there was no need to come to the class, and that they would look elsewhere for a teacher. It was phrased as sweetly as possible, but it was basically a big kiss off. Considering that this was written only half an hour after an interview crammed with the most personal questions possible, I was insulted. What a mind fuck! How crass and unprofessional is that? Was she such a coward that she couldn't tell me to my face that I wasn't what she was looking for? And this woman and her husband run the company! I spent yesterday seething, while a few friends told me I was better off not working for these people, if they were going to treat someone who wasn't even working for them yet that badly.
Now it's back to the drawing board, in terms of looking for work. However, I wanted to share this lovely experience with you all. Isn't life in Los Angeles wonderful?
On the bright side, my previous entry, "Toga pr0n" has been linked by the amazing Smart Bitches of the Smart Bitches, Trashy Books blog. I love you, Sarah and Candy! (Side note: I am currently working on an illustration job for them, for their upcoming book from Simon & Schuster.) I keep telling myself there are awesome people out there, even though of course there's lots of flakes and assholes. But there's such a thing as karma, right?
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I'm not sure if this was the case with the person they were looking to replace, but still -totally inappropriate question.
Yes, she is a coward for not only asking such personal questions, but not telling you to your face that she would not hire you. There are better places to go work for, you dont need them.
Im sorry; I hope your job search goes better.
I'm sure better places of employment await you elsewhere
(Which, btw, is one of the funniest scenes from that old movie "9 to 5."
By the way- at the risk of sounding dumb- what does "frelling" mean?
*On the show, everyone has "translator microbes" injected that work like a bablefish, except a tad different. It doesn't always translate every term (arn=hour) languages, (the Scarran and Pilot specie's languages per example) and certain curses (tralk=slut, dren=shit,frell=fuck.)
Yes, that was a rather extra long explanation to a simple question, but I am a hard core fangirl for this show.
Psid you got my note?
That is just ridiculous. What an extraordinary series of questions! Like you, however, I would have gone ahead and answered those questions too, upon the hope that I must have stood in fairly good stead if they were so interested in finding out about such personal things. But how utterly absurd after all that to find that email. I do sympathise.
So keep going! I love your art and I'm sure you will be lucky enough to find somewhere else to work, where the people are more nice!
Note : I was wondering, by the way, if you still have the story set in Revolutionary War era Philadelphia that you have since abandoned? The one with the redheaded redcoat, Captain Carey Dashwood, a Major Andre type, artistic, playful and sophisticated and the young lady, Esther Pole, a Patriot idealist who uses her wealthy Tory uncle's connections to spy on people like Captain Dashwood. I would love to read it, even though you have abandoned the idea - even if it's just in note form, I would still like to read it, if you will let me, of course!
Thanks for the second note you sent! I shall respond to it when I have more energy. I'll also send you the Cicero/Clodia story after I work on it some more. Please feel free to send me any writing you like; I just can't promise when I'll get to it.
Re: the Rev War story, that never really got off the ground, and so I'm not comfortable sharing it with anyone. Thanks for understanding!
I will look forward to reading both the note and the Cicero/Clodia story. I'm sorry to hear that the Rev War story never really got off the ground. I would have loved to read it, as I found your comments on it to be very interesting. But I understand!
I will send you my writings, then. I will just have to find the time to sit down and translate it and maybe make some changes. Right now I have 2 exams and the whole summer I will have to write my BA-project. But I will just send you a note before I send some stuff to you. And don't worry, I know all about having a lot to do, so I don't mind having to wait a while for any comments on my writing.
Take care and thank you,
I just got hit with a bunch of stuff to do, but it should clear up soon. I'd like to tweak my C&C chapters a bit more before I send them you. How goes your BA project?
I'm happy for you. It must be nice having a lot to do - it means that you will be able to earn some more money, right? It's okay with the C&C chapters. Please, take your time. I will be waiting.
Well, my project has been put on a hold for the time being as I have to finish my excams first. But I have a lot of material to read through once again and then decide how I will go about the project and then, of course, start writing. I'm so excited. I just love the 18th century and honour among sea officers - well, it just couldn't be any better!
Have a nice week and take care
All the best, Linda
How's the novel coming along? How awesome that we're writing stories set during the same period! What do you think of the '92 "Gøngehøvdingen" miniseries? I saw a few clips on YouTube and it looked hilariously cheesy- it kind of reminded me a bit of "The Lady and the Highwayman" and "By the Sword Divided," two very amusing 1980s British TV dramas set during the English Civil War and Restoration.
I have just read your note and as soon as I will be able I will answer it. I simply love this novel of yours and I will look forward to be reading more in the future. It would be wonderful if you were able to get it published one day. Un til that happens I will just keep the pages you give me permission to read in a special briefcase so that I will be able to read it again and again.
I have started to translate some of the information on my novel and started taking a look at the first chapter. I don't know exactly when I will be able to send it to you, as I will make sure there are as little spelling mistakes as possible.
Yes, it's awesome that we both seem to love this period in history - but what's not to love? I have seen the '92 "Gøngehøvdingen" miniseries a couple of times. Although a lot was left out from the original novels (there are two) I really loved watching it. A little cheesy television never hurt anyone.
I also got the note telling me that I have been accepted on English next semester. We have to have an extra subject as we strive to finish the BA-project and get feedback on our work.
I also want to thank you for liking my notes and comments on your work. I will love talking to you some more. Have a nice week!
All the best,
Anyway, I'm looking forward to your note and to your story. But I totally understand if you're busy. Things have bee craaaazy out here, what with two major conventions on two consecutive weekends. Whee!
And that is really rude o___O Really, to get your hopes up and then completely drop you like that is just horrible. But if she couldn't say to your face that you weren't what she was looking for, then that just goes to show you the type of person she really is. If a person can't be completely honest with you (especially after you were completely honest with her), then that's not the type of person you want to work with.
But I feel better after posting this. You guys rock!