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@PeggyDover @DenisePikolycky @SusanTuttle1 @ Gwen @condawgdeuce Application Period: 12:00:01 a.m. ("ET") on 3/8/14 - 11:59 p.m. ET on 3/31/15.
That's a year from now. 3/31/2015 is the final day to enter!
1 year ago on How to Apply for the Amtrak Residency for Writers
@KarenKugell @RickPawlenty @CarleyEvans Lol Karen, they are not MY expectations, they are Amtrak's expectations. I didn't write the rules and requirements, Amtrak did. The "surprise" that I have is that so many people can't seem to READ!
And by the way, I can, that is to say, I have the RIGHT to disapprove of anything I want, it's my OPINION, get it? We are entitled to our opinions! And no, you are wrong. People do not have MORE of a right to ask questions than I have the right to disapprove of them. We all have the same rights! You have the right to disapprove of my disapproval and state your opinion and I have the right to state my opinion and comment on what I see is a serious lack of common sense on the part of so many people. It is not an attack, it is a commentary, if you can make the distinction.
@CarleyEvans @RickPawlenty Ahh Carley, it's a critical world we live in and it requires critical thinking skills, or at least a little common sense. And I beg to differ with your assessment of "types". I myself am most certainly not a detail oriented micro manager type. Far from it. But I can and do read instructions and terms of service agreements when it is important.
If someone is serious about wanting to be considered for one of these residencies, don't you think they should take the application process seriously? I applaud your ability to fix most mistakes and move on, but when applying for something like this, mistakes in the application, once submitted, can't be fixed, so it behooves a person to actually read the rules and requirements and get it right before submitting.
Here's just the most recent example of silly questions by someone who couldn't be bothered to actually read the rules and requirements, so rather than figuring it out on their own, they want someone else to figure it out and spoon feed it to them, which someone who is more tolerant and forgiving (she must be a teacher) than I am, certainly did.
"Anyone have any idea on how long a writing sample we're supposed to submit with the application?"
I mean, really?
@KarenKugell Lol, bossy? Dictatorial "should"? Of course not (and I think you probably know that). It was more in the vein of, they should know better. You know, the whole common sense thing? A generally accepted expectation that writers would be good readers and researchers.
And as for long distance routes and feeder routes, there are many towns and cities in this country that aren't on an Amtrak route of any kind. Still, if I lived in the middle of no where and I found out that I had been granted one of these residencies, believe me when I tell you that I would make whatever arrangements necessary to get to the nearest town that did have Amtrak service, unless, of course, Amtrak made those arrangements for me, which they are very good at doing. Not to worry, Karen, Sunset Ltd or no, you will still be able to go. And anyway, it's an adventure. : )
@VitaminQ504 @RickPawlenty @JenniferMHorrace Lol, you really are confused. I didn't ask the question, she did. Re-examine the posts and see if you can figure it out. : )
@AmySterlingCasil @RickPawlenty Guilty as charged, lol. It's just a pet peeve of mine. And anyway, I have my own faults, of course. : )
@JenniferMHorrace @RickPawlenty I'm sorry you don't like my attitude, Jennifer. And to clarify, I didn't say anything about who "qualifies" as a writer. I just said that writers should be able to read things like rules and terms of service and figure out simple things like where do the trains go.
Yes, it just amazed me to see you asking if Amtrak knew where their 15 long distance trains went to. Of course they would know, they run the trains! And then asking if there is any where to find that information. C'mon, don't you think Amtrak's website would have that information?? As for me, I am NOT special. I am just someone who thinks before asking silly questions, and reads things like TOS, fine print, whatever, BEFORE participating and then whining afterwards. Please don't take it as an attack. It was more of a "stop and think" comment, because I am sure that you and the others can and should be more responsible.
Well, at least try.
What I find interesting is how many "writers" don't seem to be able to read or do research. For example, "I see that you mention the 15 long distance trains. Do you by chance know which routes those are, and if so, is there anywhere we can see that information?" (yes, Amtrak does know and they have put that information on their website), or " I submitted a PDF of a whole novel! Did not notice you require only 10 pages. So I reapplied.", or "I did not read the terms of service before submitting...", or "However, I had not read the fine print when I submitted my play...", or " I didn't read the terms and unfortunately sent in material that I don't want to have Amtrak have the right to..."
@JenniferMHorrace Here's a thought, Amtrak has a web site. It has routes, schedules, everything you might want to know about all of their trains including the 15 long distance trains.
@rasida23 A twitter user name was a required field, but I don't think the instagram one was.
I submitted my application but I didn't see any acknowledgment that it had been received. Is there a way to know if it was received or not?