Class all morning, lunch with the boyfriend and friends, then a little bit to get my papers printed off for the next class. This time it's an article, written to be submitted to a magazine. Appropriate, the class being Magazine Writing.
We have to take five copies to class. One for us, one for the teacher, and three for our peer group members. Oh—our "workshop" group—that's what it's called. Right. Then off to work for an hour or so, dinner and then homework time.
It's sunny and 62º, says my Weather Channel App. Window open, a little bit of time to relax and read (for class) before class.
Oh yes—the highlight of the day so far— I cut Rachel's bangs. We are practicing for next year when we are in abroad and the nearest Great Clips is 4,000 miles away.
A find from my long weekend: Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Candle. It smells like cranberry and it was half off. Thank you, Target. What a way to make my weekend even better. Got to spend quality time with the roomie, friends, and Mikey, so a weekend well spent.
Now we're in week two of sixteen. So I suppose that after this week, we are one eighth through the semester. See, who says English majors can't do math?
It was nice starting the week on a Tuesday, since usually Mondays have 5,830,128 things going on. I just finished up the last of my assignments for tomorrow: Three Letters and a Memo for tech writing. We are learning how to write polite business letters and complaints.
Dear Student Visa System People, Why do you make this so difficult? Must we really drive all the way to Chicago to see you? You are going to ruin my year. Oh wait, that evades rule number seven, "avoid the sympathy trap." The good news is, we get to write to a hypothetical situation, get graded, and have our papers returned to us.
I love that class. And I'm not one bit sarcastic when I say that.
Tonight? Just leading my Local Literature class in a quiz and discussion for an hour or so. Then I'm printing out tomorrow's papers and heading to bed.
Oh yes, and it snowed last night.
But I sort of do. For instance, Writer With a Day Job was instantly one of my favorites because it's cute, with little graphic scenes of New York City on the cover and spine. Early Modern Europe? Not so much. So what classes would require such reading material as The Idiot's Guide to Grant Writing? Well let me tell you.
I am taking four Humanities classes this semester and one Bible class. Of course they're right up my alley, being an English major and whatnot, but still, I'm going to miss Astronomy and thinking about stars and forces and fission and fusion for a small part of my day. All my classes are on MWF, except for a night class on Tuesdays at 6pm.
My first class in Renaissance and Reformation. Thus the rather unappealing Early Modern Europe book sits on my shelf. I don't think it's going to be a bad class, it's just small and full of history majors who already seem to know all there is to know, and here I am trying to analyze how our reading could have been more concise. Still, the content is interesting and the class will probably turn out to be a good one.
Next I have Jesus and the Gospels which is the only class I'm in with more that 15 people. A 300-level Bible class, it reads through The Desire of Ages as well as all four Gospels for the duration of the class.
Probably my favorite class of all is Technical Writing and Grant Proposals. I'm sure it sounds abysmal, but I really can't think of a class I'd enjoy more, at least this semester. One reason I like it is because it's not a class where people are trying so hard to be creative-writer-y and over-contemplative; you really have to work at it to make tech writing creative. Still, as our professor Mike Mennard has told us, it can be full of creativity and fun. It's already been a blast, four of us five humanities interns are in the class, which I'm pretty sure is all girls. Mike decided to use The Elements of Technical Writing and The Idiot's Guide to Grant Writing for our textbooks this semester.
My last two classes are taught by the same teacher, one is Magazine Writing and one is Local Literary Wonders, which looks at authors based out of Lincoln. For our first book, Plainsong, I've outsmarted the system and checked it out from the local library. I hope this method works for all nine books we read this semester. Magazine Writing requires three books, Writer With a Day Job (my favorite!), Writing Tools, and Magazine Article Writing, the last of which looks rather dull and doesn't have an appealing font but I'll give it the benefit of the doubt for now.
Well, it's work day so I better get ready to head into the office. Happy almost-Friday!