- Rob and I celebrated Christmas and New Years in Berlin with my in-laws, which included lots of Hasir’s (once with the Fros), wonderfully delicious German home-cooked food, and memorable family time.
- I edited a 260-page on dissertation on the uncanny in Stephen King’s It and Firestarter. I love scary movies and novels, so this was a delight to read. This project funded my newly acquired iPod Touch.
- Grading! I worked through transitions homework, conclusions, in-class paragraphs, style (Lanham!) homework, presentations, and 350 grammar finals. Luckily for my sanity, the Language Centre tutors helped us grade the grammar finals.
- I have started planning General Language Course (GLC) for next semester with my colleagues. We’re making some changes to the curriculum and I’m really excited about its new direction. I’ll be integrating NPR‘s This I Believe series into the course, and despite having taught it as a writing activity in freshman composition, it will need some tweaking for GLC, as the course is an integrated-skills English course.
I love blogging, I really do, but when I have other responsibilities, it must take the back burner because I need my life to be in balance. I made blogging a daily priority in November, and while I enjoyed the experience of daily blogging and cranked out some great posts, I know that many of them could have been better. I am a language and writing teacher who absolutely loves writing, and I want this blog to reflect this passion (more on that in a future post).
I knew this even as I was writing some of those posts, but when I came across a very inspiring blog post on Merlin Mann‘s personal blog, Kung Fu Grippe, I was reminded of my feeling of inadequacy. This post is called simply “Better” and it is a manifesto on what is personally disappointing about this technolocial age that we live in. It is a challenge to be more real, to focus on producing the best that I can, every time, even when it takes longer than I might have originally wanted.
This means several things for my blogging. I want to practice the craft of writing instead of just writing more regularly (more editing time). I want to include lots of relevant links in my posts because I love the “hypertext” part of the internet and I want to harness it in my blogging (more reading/research time). I want to “bring some art to it.” I want to “demand personal focus on making good things.”