Archive | September 2018

Long Week

So today is finally Friday.  I handed the tests back and got typical reactions to the ones I thought would react.  I did give the guy another chance to write his essay question and he is going to do that Monday.  And my students pointed out where I had made  an error on my syllabus so I had to go back and correct that and will hand out a new one Monday or Wednesday.

I turned in my first scene for my play due on Sunday.  I am hoping for some good feedback on it even though there’s not much to it right now. We will see how it goes.  I haven’t received any one else’s to read over before the conference, so I don’t know what I am going to do that night.  Just email and warn the professor I suppose.  Hopefully everyone will have their act together and will send them.

I need to go grocery shopping but I am honestly so tired I may put it off until tomorrow and hope I feel better.  Bob says I snored a lot last might so that may be why I am so sleepy.  Or it may be the Tripleptal getting to me again.  I don’t know.  I have been doing well not obsessing on anything so I don’t want to not take it.  But I am so tired all the freaking time.  I wish I knew better what to do.

Hope everyone has a good weekend.  Good wishes to everyone!



I am so frustrated with my grading. It is taking longer than I like and I dont’ know how to speed it up.  And now I am having to check for plagiarism out of the textbook.  Very, very frustrating,

Took the youngest to the doctor today to get some warts frozen off.  She was a trouper and didn’t fuss so that was nice.  We also get a new acne prescription that I will pick up later today once I see if my checks come in for the checking account.  In case it’s expensive.

It is still raining today.  I hope it stops soon; the suburb next to us started flooding in downtown.  I pray that doesn’t happen in Brandon.

WEll., I guess I’d better get back to grading if I’m going to finish today.  Hope everyone has a good rest of the week and weekend!

Test Misbehavior

Had a student be extremely disrespectful of me and himself during my test this morning, which he then went on to fail in spectacular fashion.  Aside from that, everything went well in class this morning,  So very sad.

Hope everyone else is having a better day.  Hope the rest of your week goes well.


Late Birthday Presents

My oldest daughter sent me a Winnie-the-pooh tote bag she found online.  She was going to get a different one she had seen at Disney World, but when she went to buy it they had sold out. My little one and I shopped for me at Hallmark Store and found me a book of all the different characters that havea appeared in the Peanuts comic strip, books, etc.  I still have one more present to come in from my middle one–she said it should come today or tomorrow.  So I am looking forward to that one as well. So far I am vey proud of what all I have received.

I am trying to write on my script and I can only get the action going so far before introducing the other main character, so I guess I’m just going to have to do that before I meant to.  But I will see how it goes.  I think I know what I’m going to do next, but I just need to get it down on paper.

I suppose there’s not much else going on.  I am giving a test tomorrow so things will pick up as I grade.  I will work harder to get that done that I have the last two tests.  I hate being late with one.  This one will be on Shakespeare, Marlowe, and the KJB Bible.  So  that should be interesting to see their answers.

Guess I will run and see what else I can find to do.  Hopefully it  will be a productive day.  Everyone have a great week!





Good Start

I have had a pretty good start to my week. My mother-in-law took me out for my birthday to our local Half-SHell Oyster House and we had a good meal, and she gave me some clothes that I hope will fit–I need to try then on tonight.   This minute has been my first chance to sit down and write all morning–I had to do classroom thins during my office hours then had to come back to meet my mother-in-law.  So I am all fat and happy right this minute.

I give another test tomorrow on Shakespeare, Marlowe, and the King James Bible.  I hope they do well.  Most of them are doing better than on their last test  SO we will see how well they do with this test.  it shouldn’t be any harder than the last one.

I am so sleepy but I really have too much to do to settle down like that.  I need to get dinner together in the crock pot and do some classwork on my creative project–I need a few more pages to round out my first scene.  I’m not sure what else to do with it except go ahead an move into the next one.  I’m afraid I don’t have enough pages to make the assignment limits.  So I am going to try to work on it some more today because the rest of the week will be taken up with grading papers.

WE will see how the week goes.  Hope everyone has a good Monday and everything.


My Birthday

Tomorrow is my 48th birthday.  I’m not sure how I feel about that yet.  Usually my birthday marks a little bit of a downswing tht lasts until we get fully into the Christmas season. It certainly is sobering to realize I am headed for the downslope in terms of time I have left to do all I want to do.

I think about how many people I know my age or thereabouts who have already passed away.  I think about how many of my relatives passed away in their fifties for one reason or another.  But I have so many advantages over people in the late 20th century didn’t have in terms of access to health care that the fifties is not the death sentence it used to be.

I joke that I can’t be old– I still have a child in school.  But she is getting older and will be a freshman in high school next year.  Scary in terms of how in some ways the time with her has flown by just as it seems to have done with the older two. I have recently begun hearing a saying that is something along the lines of “The days are long, but the years are short.”  That seems so true in my life.

SO tomorrow we go celebrate my mom’s and my birthday together (she’s born on September 12).  She turned 70 this year and is going pretty strong as is my dad.  They can’t do all that they used to do but they can take care of themselves and each other still and that was not true of their parents.  Not sure what we will do but we can enjoy the time together.

Hope everyone has a good weekend!



So I interviewed with Tone, the guy who does podcasts for my publisher.  He was very nice and gracious, and we spent a nice 30 minutes talking about my story and about my life.  He’s going to edit it for content and for time and it will be posted next week on http://www.soundcloud,com/runningwildpress.  SO I am excited  about that.

I thought I might get to do another one that  my publisher found out about  but he does his in Skype and I don’t have a skype account so that is out.  Bob said it was okay to do, but I’m not going to sign up for that.   But since I’m not getting paid per copy, I’m not overly worried about doing much promotion.

Had a very sobering message last night at church.  About how if you witness, live a Christian life, etc. you are probably going to be mocked and ostracized.  If you aren’t, then you may not be living out your faith very well.  And about how we don’t need to let fear of being mocked stop us from talking about Jesus.

So my tiptoeing around such topics with my fellow students and professors in my MFA program is probably not what I am supposed to be doing.  I know about three students that I’m sure are Christians, and the rest are very, very liberal and antagonistic to church and conservative politics, etc.  And my professors are all very liberal as well; two of them are gay.  I dont’ know as I will be allowed to graduate with part of my bipolar story that is going to be incorporated into my thesis, how I finally came to know Christ.