...the magazine, not the ocean. There is an article about MFA programs in the fiction issue of the Atlantic, in which the program I graduated from is mentioned specifically because of the popular fiction track. Now, the head of this program is pretty ignorant when it comes to popular fiction. I truly believe that if she had her way, pop fic would be gone gone gone. You wouldn't believe some of the bullshit pop fic students have had to go through to get even a little bit of respect. (I had some of the lower forms of alumni threaten me with taking complaints to the university disciplinary committee and the police because I advocated for more student representation in policy decisions, going against the director. I don't know why either the police or the university's discipline committee would have any jurisdiction over the matter, but that logic didn't seem to stop these morons. Don't worry, I told each one of my "fans" to go fuck themselves and never contact me again. And, in case you were wondering, these are the people who turned their noses up at the pop fic track to begin with. Surprise, surprise. They're also so far up the director's ass that the only part of them you can see are their toes wiggling out of her sphincter). But I digress.
Anyway, here is a great opportunity for the Stonecoast MFA program to charge ahead of the crowded pack of other MFA programs. But will it happen? I really, seriously, completely doubt it, not until they get a new director who understands the potential popular fiction can bring. Pop fic has some great faculty (however, it could use at least one crime fiction instructor since about half of the pop fic students write mysteries) and some great alumni, it's a shame that it's treated like the redheaded step-child of the program. But hey, at least the Atlantic see the advantage if the administration doesn't.
Now, on to collecting states. Still no Wyoming. Let's see what I can come up with for today: "Any person who fails to close a fence in Wyoming is subject to a fine of up to $750. Neato fact. You know, unless someone from Wyoming visits soon, I'm gonna run out of things to write about. Maybe I should use some relatively suggestive words to capture some web search traffic. Here goes: Sex Wyoming, Love Wyoming, Porn Wyoming, Naughty Wyoming, Swingers Wyoming, Naked Wyoming, Penis Wyoming, Vagina Wyoming. You'd think that a state with a population of about 500,000 there'd be at least one pervert searching for that stuff.