Boring Update; Don’t Bother Reading

It’s still crazy here with a flurry of activity. Last week I managed to put in my third consequitive 50+ hour week in at the office and started classes with 3 hours of Technical Writing on Tuesday and 3 hours of Modern Short Novel on Thursday.

Thankfully, Tech Writing is shaping up to be the easiest course I’ve taken, not by its content, but by the nature of my strengths. Combine that with the first two assignments being the same as my assignments for Professional Writing, it’s making the beginning quite smooth.

Not so much for Modern Short Novel. My wife had this professor when she was finishing up her degree… and I was wary of the situation. There were several occasions of cancelled classes and unneccessary reading because of that. I don’t have time to waste on reading stuff that doesn’t count, so I looked for alternatives. I’m in it now, so you can guess how the search went.

Our first novelette is “Daisy Miller” by Henry James. It was agonizingly slow because of it being a period piece of 19th century language and 8pt font with long paragraphs. Sometimes I had to re-read a 5-line paragraph 4 times to get what was actually being said. After page 5, I started writing down words I didn’t know for sure, and ended up with a list of 21 new words to add to my vocabulary. How embarrassing. I’m almost 30! I’m supposed to know everything by now and start forgetting it by the time I’m retired. At this pace, I’m not going to have time to forget everything I know by the time I’m supposed to.

We have to read 14 novelettes and 14 3/4-page critiques of them plus a 10-13 page paper on an outside book selected from her reading list. I haven’t quite decided between Steinbeck or Hemingway, but time is drawing near on getting started… like this weekend.

Being this busy is literally not leaving me much time to come up with original thoughts, advice, complaints, or much of anything at all. As a treat, I may post my critiques for you to see what kind of crap I put out there for the prof.

  • http://www.JibberJobber.com/blog Jason Alba

    Wow, that is pretty boring.

    J/K :p

    Reading this makes me glad that I’m done with all the professor stuff. Being accountable in the real world is definitely more fun!

    Jason Alba
    CEO – JibberJobber.com
    :: self-serve career management ::

  • http://www.JibberJobber.com/blog Jason Alba

    Wow, that is pretty boring.

    J/K :p

    Reading this makes me glad that I’m done with all the professor stuff. Being accountable in the real world is definitely more fun!

    Jason Alba
    CEO – JibberJobber.com
    :: self-serve career management ::

  • http://www.perfectlypetersen.com Perfectly Me

    Hey, nice timing, Jason. I was just logging off the library computer for class… reading before class, actually.

    Yeah. Life with just work is a lot more fun, but I’ll have more fun just working after I put in the hard work now.

    As Phil Gerbyshak says, “Work hard now, or work hard forever.”

    Thanks for chiming in.

  • http://www.perfectlypetersen.com Perfectly Me

    Hey, nice timing, Jason. I was just logging off the library computer for class… reading before class, actually.

    Yeah. Life with just work is a lot more fun, but I’ll have more fun just working after I put in the hard work now.

    As Phil Gerbyshak says, “Work hard now, or work hard forever.”

    Thanks for chiming in.