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!
1/12/2012 02:56:55 am

Thank you, Shelby, for the very good description of your classes. They all sound interesting and enjoyable---I know you'll do well! Sounds like a good schedule---all of them on Monday and Wednesday with work and study the other times. Study hard and do a good job at work, but be sure to leave a little free time for some fun. I'll call you soon---before we go to Honduras.

Tom S
1/12/2012 11:30:57 pm

I will not judge a book by ITS cover, but I may judge an English major by her ability to distinguish "its" the pronoun from "it's" the contraction for "it is." Back in MY day, that was chapter 1 of technical writing, so open up that thing! ; ) Sincerely, the Tree.

1/13/2012 08:01:08 am

I own Plainsong! I got it at a thrift store in KC :) it's a good book :)


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