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Egad, my fingers and wrists and neck and shoulders are in knots after a pretty-much solid two weeks of sitting at my desk almost every waking hour. Why I felt the need to write demanding blog posts this week, too, I do not understand. But I'm DONE! Sure hope the students appreciate my efforts and find my comments useful. I really enjoyed a bunch of the final projects, though many were the typical undergrad papers. The grad students' work was universally pleasing to read, of course. I felt uncomfortable giving as many C or lower grades as I did this semester, but I'm done giving incompletes unless a student asks and really needs it - too much of a pain for everyone later on.

This weekend shall be nothing but goofing off. Some stretching, too, and maybe some working out. My poor, neglected body.... Sadly, I will not be going to my usual Saturday-morning breakfast with James Gunn, on account of that's usually at 8:30am (6-1/2 hours from now). MUST SLEEP.

Next week, I get back onto writing. I intend to reach about 30,000 words on The Galactic Adventures of Jack & Stella, write up a formal book outline and cover letter, and get this thing OUT. Also finish revising Empire Ship and submit it as well as a distinctly odd couple.

Mostly, though, I'll spend the winter "break" finishing development of my upcoming, brand-spanking-new interactive-online version of my "Foundations of Technical Writing" course.

Now, to sleep, perchance NOT to dream about student papers.

Chris

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etcet
Dec. 22nd, 2012 02:37 pm (UTC)
I am wholeheartedly in favor of "let's do stuff" and am on board for pretty much any flavor of stuff.

Sadly, there is an inconvenient amount of North America in the way.
mckitterick
Dec. 23rd, 2012 04:45 pm (UTC)
That would be awesome! But alas.
clevermanka
Dec. 22nd, 2012 03:02 pm (UTC)
BREAK OUT THE CHAMPAGNE

WHEN YOU WAKE UP
mckitterick
Dec. 23rd, 2012 04:45 pm (UTC)
WHY IS THERE NO CHAMPAIGNE?
clevermanka
Dec. 23rd, 2012 08:50 pm (UTC)
IT IS IN THE REFRIGERATOR YOU SILLY PERSON
tully01
Dec. 22nd, 2012 06:07 pm (UTC)
Refill the glass. See the squirrel. BE the squirrel.
mckitterick
Dec. 23rd, 2012 04:46 pm (UTC)
*om*
siro_gravity
Dec. 23rd, 2012 05:09 am (UTC)
YAY for being done! I sometimes have classes where a larger number of people end up with C's. Hey, it is what it is. I'm sure you're as vocal as I am about what is required to get that A or B. And if you give grades that are undeserved, it collapses the value of the A.

Congrats for being finished! I hope you have a great break. I have just finished developing my online Digital Photography class. Wow, what a challenge! I've only taught analog before, so part of the effort was in creating a workable pathway for teaching that different medium. The other part of the process was getting used to the online platform the school uses.

We use Moodle. I did a pretty good job of learning that, then they "upgraded" it, LOL!

That looks like a very happy chipmunk.
chipmunk? squirrel? Whatevers.
tully01
Dec. 23rd, 2012 04:17 pm (UTC)
It's a chipmunk. But chipmunks are squirrels.
mckitterick
Dec. 23rd, 2012 04:47 pm (UTC)
I did not know that!
siro_gravity
Dec. 24th, 2012 03:19 am (UTC)
I didn't either. So I googled it, and there it is. A new factoid!
siro_gravity
Dec. 24th, 2012 03:18 am (UTC)
How the heck could I live 56 years on this planet and not know that chipmunks were squirrels?

Oh well, learn something new every day! Thanks!
mckitterick
Dec. 23rd, 2012 04:48 pm (UTC)
Good luck! It'll be interesting to compare notes.

Yeah, the whole "grade inflation" thing is a giant pain when students complain about their grades, or whine for me to raise them. *sigh*
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