I may be away for a bit.
The class I'm taking wasn't supposed to be heavy on homework - only some dense readings. Dense is an understatement. For my next class meeting, I need to read eight chapters of literary theory, two chapters on research methodology, and an entire book that I need to review (it sucks so I may pick a different one). I also have to write a summary of one of the chapters on theory and present it in class. On top of that, I'm also doing historical research (the point of taking the class).
Last week, despite all the work I had to do for class and the thing where one of my kids was on his second week of being very sick, I was able to write over 3,000 words and write up a detailed plan for the remaining chapters.
I also got my groove on with taking notes on the reading for class. I understood it (mostly) as I read it, but it all got mixed together and fuzzy the minute I sat down in class. OneNote saved me.
The bottom line is that this adventure has made me profoundly more disciplined, the way I would be if I was trying to write while working a full-time job. I need to make the most of every spare minute I have.
I love the interaction I get here with you, but I've reached my limit on how much I can do. I dropped out of A-Z and plan to put a 'Closed for April' sign on my blog so I can work on the final project for my class. We have the option to write a research paper or an 'annotated creative reading' - which is basically just reading a chapter or two with the context leading up to the chapter. Sounds easy, except we are also required to do an abstract, an annotated bibliography, and a research plan/plan of study. I get that for research, but for creative writing I'm not so sure. Either way, I have a lot of work to do in April and up until then.
So I'm only going to post on Mondays until April unless something comes up that I feel like saying. I'll pop in and out to see what you all have to say when I come up for air.