No, once again, it is not "Talk Like a Pirate" day: I'm just losing my mind trying to get the 101 stuff on Blackboard, organized and making sense. I truly hope that the end result is worth the effort, because I truly am losing my mind.
And I've officially hit the "working with Blackboard" wall--but panic is rising about my other classes: I do have to prep for Mystery and Detective and SF (that's looking more and more like a sure thing)--so, in the interest of feeling like I'm making some kind of progress, I'm going to work on SF for a while. The nice thing about that is, it means "get comfy on the sofa and read." I'm about half-way through H. G. Wells's The Time Machine, which I don't think I've ever read, and after that, I've got Bradbury, The Martian Chronicles, and Jules Verne, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. I'm not sure how much of the old classic stuff I'm going to use. I know for sure I'll teach Le Guin's The Word for World Is Forest (great themes, easier and shorter than the great classics, Left Hand and Dispossessed)--and I may really flip them out and teach either Railsea or Perdido Street Station, by China Mieville. I also have Anansi Boys, by Neil Gaiman and maybe something else. Too many cool choices--and each choice means I then have to figure out paper topics. (Talk about "argh" moments.)
I am happy that I've come up with more specific paper topics for Mystery & Detective--and I've melded together the "reading notes" and "summations" into Reading Response assignments, and their first reading response is to a handout about how to create a reading response (melded with a self-evaluation). Feels like it makes sense; we'll see how it flies.
Writing about that, I start to get a wave of enthusiasm and think, "Oh, maybe I should work on that a little more"--but my sleep patterns are still disrupted after a rough day on Monday (family stuff), so I'm going to put off any of that kind of thinking for another day and just read.
This is what I said I wanted to do for a living: sit somewhere comfortable and read books. And here I am, doing just that. Pretty freaking amazing.