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Two new dithyramb posts in a week. That feels hella good. Now if I can only get people to visit..... Hey,  the_neon_one , any suggestions?

Submitted three conference props already, one submission to publication, and am working on a fourth conference prop.  Here's hoping something comes back.  I really need to publish before I get my PhD apps in order...

I have also purchased a Nintendo DS.  Good god I remember why I don't play WoW.

Saw a few movies, cooked up a storm (including an EPIC Christmas dinner), and am now bracing for class next week.  After all the training I've been through, I still kinda feel like "here goes nothing".  I'm sure I have something to offer these kids (and Dan, my boss, thinks so too) I just keep stumbling over how to present it to them.

I guess we'll see how it goes when it happens.  The other down side is what can you really teach a group of undergrads who are in your class to fulfill a graduations requirement quickly and will never act again when the class is a mere ten days long?  Hopefully they'll walk away with something.  I don't really care what, but something.  If I can teach them each one thing, I think I'll be happy.  

...hopefully it'll be something they can use and not how to spell "Tuesday".  
Current Mood:
creative creative
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I have decided that finals to an English major are like cooking a big dinner with lots of sauces.

It's overwhelming at first. You get all your ingredients spread out on the kitchen table (inevitably you forget something and have to run back to the library.... er.... store). Once you whinge a little you convince yourself it will be fun and say "okay, just do it". You chop, sautee, mix, mash and otherwise whip the meal into shape. Then you get something in the oven, five things on the stove, everything needs to be stirred and attended to at its own pace. Of course each pot has to be ready at a slightly different time so you have to be attentive that the appetizers don't cook faster than the dessert.

Then, you serve it.

So I've been stirring and cultivating pots all weekend. First paper gets served Monday. It's about ready- and preliminary taste test by a very particular editor (my Grandmother... shut up, the woman's published more books than you can shake a stick at AND she founded a major branch of psychological study- she's got academic groupies for crying out loud!) deems dish is well-prepared and yummy. Most complicated and lengthy dish... paper.... thing.... is due Thursday. I think it's getting there, going to give it another look-over today. This is the one that's been intimidating the hell out of me from the beginning (I may have mentioned it a time or two... the one that I'm thinking of making into a PhD sample... and publishing... oh and my entire grade in this class is based on the one paper). It's like the academic equivalent of a soufflé- everyone knows they exist and nobody knows how the hell to make one other than it's ridiculously complicated and fiddley.

And now I'm just procrastinating. Anyone who isn't going to plagiarize my ideas want to read a paper on Theatricality in the Canterbury Tales, the Novice-as-Expert issue in Undergraduate Writers, or Cultural Subjugation of the Other as portrayed in Frankenstein? It'd be a shame to just let these paperweights sit here... they're very well-written paperweights.... and yummy.
Current Mood:
creative creative
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Papers to go: 4
Conference proposals to go: 0
Conference proposals on the back-burner: 2
Finished (edited, researched, etc.) pages to go: 45
Finished (edited, researched, etc.) pages written: 1
Presentations to go: 2
Chaucer paper: Draft four; Due: December 10th
Frankenstein paper: untouched; Due: December 15th
Etymology paper: Draft one; Due: December 7th
Rhetoric paper: Draft four; Due: December 8th
NJWA conference prop: in; Due to Prof: Nov. 23rd; Due to conference: Dec. 7th
Performance and Performativity conference prop: not even started; Due to conference: Jan 23rd
NJCEA conference prop: not even started (though debating using pre-written paper); Due to conference: Jan 11th
Presentation on Academic Integrity: given; Speaking: Nov 23rd
Presentation on Bahktinian Terms: written and rehearsed; Speaking: Dec. 1st
Presentation on Chaucer Paper: Not even started because the paper isn't done yet; Speaking: Dec. 10th

First final paper due in: 8 days
Final paper due in: 16 days
Number of melt-downs so far: 1

Doing well.... a little worried about the talk I'm giving tomorrow but not much to be done about that now.

Papers are in good shape except for the damn Etymology paper. I'm tearing my hair out with this thing. Haven't touched the draft since I banged it out on Tuesday. It needs some serious help.

Did major surgery on Chaucer paper the other day and I'm feeling pretty good about it, though I haven't read it since the surgery so that feeling may go poof after I take another read.... draft four tends to be my breakthrough draft though. Hopefully now it'll be mostly polishing... Lots of pressure on this paper as I'm giving it the last day of class and I hope to give it at a few conferences.... if it turns out well may also use it as PhD writing sample.... oh and publish. Not sure where I'd publish it, but my prof may have some ideas.

Tonight was the night to get my Rhetoric paper together and it went very very well. Again, haven't re-read since major surgery, but hopefully my confidence isn't unfounded.

Adjusting to this workload is slightly hellish. Good god.

Last day with the minions tomorrow.
Current Mood:
busy busy
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Papers to go: 4
Conference proposals to go: 1
Conference proposals on the back-burner: 2
Finished (edited, researched, etc.) pages to go: 40
Finished (edited, researched, etc.) pages written: 1
Presentations to go: 3

Chaucer paper: Draft one; Due: December 10th
Frankenstein paper: unassigned as of yet; Due: December 15th
Etymology paper: in research; Due: December 1st
Rhetoric paper: outlined; Due: December 8th
NJWA conference prop: semi-finalized; Due to Prof: Nov. 23rd; Due to conference: Dec. 7th
Performance and Performativity conference prop: not even started; Due to conference: Jan 23rd
NJCEA conference prop: not even started (though debating using pre-written paper); Due to conference: Jan 11th
Presentation on Academic Integrity: written, not rehearsed; Speaking: Nov 23rd
Presentation on Bahktinian Terms: written and rehearsed; Speaking: Nov. 24th
Presentation on Chaucer Paper: Not even started because the paper isn't done yet; Speaking: Dec. 10th

First conference prop due in: tomorrow
First final paper due in: nine days
Final paper due in: 23 days

Number of melt-downs so far: 1

....it's going to be a long couple of weeks

Current Mood:
nervous overwhelmed
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At work: we're building Medea.  The set consists entirely of platforms.  In the process of crafting one such, we found that some of our wood was horribly warped.  We don't have the budget to purchase new, so we had to get said warped wood to deny its nature and be straight.

This took much bracing, drilling into the table, and me acting as a human paperweight for the better part of three hours.   I love my job.

Then I went to class covered in sawdust (this seems to be a trend of late).  At least it smells nice.

As I walked into Chaucer, one of the girls in my Grad Lit class goes "So, did you start the essay for Dr. Larson's class yet?"

This essay is due Tuesday.  I didn't have the heart to tell her that I'm on draft four with almost a full page of works cited.  Why is it that I can work three jobs and still be more up on my schoolwork than half the class?  I won't knock it, but.... seriously... what are you people doing with your time?



 

Current Mood:
tired tired
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So today in Rhetoric class, we were discussing a section of one of our books.  The book is basically a case study in how teachers respond to student writing.  As such, there will be an essay from a student, followed by four or five professors commenting on the essay.  One of the essays is a piece entitled "tribute" and was written in response to a prompt requesting the students talk about someone who made an impact on their life/way of thinking and how this individual did so.  In "tribute", the student detailed her relationship with her father who was an alcoholic and killed himself boozing.

The essay was good, but there were certainly syntactical and lexical errors within it.  The language could have been refined.  It could have been more.  In fact, with a little work, it could have been great.

Some individuals in my class responded with the notion that, as a teacher, if they received this essay from a student they would not be able to respond to it.  This student spilled her guts out on the page and there was nothing they could say by way of constructive criticism because it would violate the teacher/student trust.  How could you tell this girl that the deepest, darkest inner workings of her soul in regards to her past were not good enough to get an "A"?

I say bullshit.  The essay prompt didn't *require* the student to give us such an insanely personal experience.  Yes, she took a risk, it was fearless composition and I as an audience member reacted accordingly.  The piece moved me and that was excellent, but it wasn't top-quality writing and (with a little revision) it could have been.  Looking back on the essay prompt, the student didn't really even address it.  She used the piece to show me something of herself, but failed to do my assignment.  How can I leave something like that uncommented upon?  Just because she risked something doesn't mean she's untouchable...

I then took a moment to reflect on the apparent judgement innate in my point of view.  As an actor, I've spilled my guts out to an audience.  It's never pretty, it's never safe, it always feels weird.  The audience has certainly been moved by my performance every time, but that doesn't stop my acting teacher from telling me that something could have been improved.  As artists, we strive to attain perfection and because perfection is unattainable we are forced to keep working.  Yes, the naked human soul is moving, but just because we were brave and showed it off doesn't mean we should be immune to constructive criticism.  And in fact the notion that because someone risked something they shouldn't have to risk more devalues the experience of putting yourself out there.  It should take more than some waterworks and an honest human story to illicit the illusion of perfection.
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tired tired
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 Here lies Danielle's Social Life.  It was gallant and brave up until the last iota of its time upon this earth.  Then it fought valiantly against the stack of textbooks which came to batter it, gulping for air even as the mountain of coursework smothered it and flailed wildly until it no longer had fight in it and the written word consumed it.

.....I am so tired and the semester has only just begun.

Tired, but happy.  I have not been this happy to be alive in some time.  

I'm going to go swim in a pool full of Literary Theorists and Chaucer for a while.... someone tap me on the shoulder when it's November.

Current Mood:
tired tired
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 I.  Hate.  Moving.  

I loathe moving.  I detest it from the deepest depths of my soul.

I did, however, get an amazing deal on a set of three Wustof knives (which I am SO VERY PSYCHED ABOUT AND CAN'T WAIT TO USE!).  And I am watching the South Park movie.... and really, if that can't make me take life less seriously then nothing can.

That is all.

Current Mood:
tired tired
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I got asked a question today about archaic verb usage and had to look up the answer. Since it piqued my interest, I am posting the answer here because.... well I'm a dork and feel like sharing.

The question was about the usage of the verb "doth".  What word, exactly, does this replace in a sentence?  As it turns out, "doth" is an archaic usage of the third person singular present indicative form of the verb "to do".
 

What does this mean in English?
 

Third person singular is the verb form used with the pronouns he/she/it. So, in Shakespeare's Hamlet, we get "the Lady doth protest too much methinks" ('the Lady' indicating 'she').
 

Present form of the verb meaning it is happening now as opposed to the past form (did) or the future tense (will do), so actually it is the precursor to our modern "does".
 

Indicative form of the verb means that it is stating a fact (as opposed to subjunctive form or imperative form which state possibility/conjecture and commands respectively). The indicative form is used to state what is happening, what will happen, or what has happened.
 

.....this is really a long-winded way of saying you use "doth" in place of "does". It is not used in place of "do".

I am certain all of our lives are made better by reading this.
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accomplished accomplished
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