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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Super-fast post

I have to leave the house in just a few minutes to meet a colleague for dinner and a movie (OMG, and actual social life!), but I wanted to record the progress I made today--and despite sleeping unduly late, and therefore getting a late start on the day, I did make progress.

I think I have the syllabus for SF pretty well nailed down. I am concerned that I am rushing them through the two Atwood novels--and I may talk to the head of the bookstore about ditching one of them (which would also mean deciding which one--but students have managed in the past, and I'm giving them a fair amount of time for The Left Hand of Darkness, which is good.... As I say, my struggle is never deciding what to assign; it's deciding what not to assign.

But at least there is some structure to the assignment schedule, and I think I have all the required bits and orts included. I have to spend some time going over it with the proverbial fine-toothed comb, as I am sure to have made howling errors (because, well, I always do), but I'll leave that for another day.

I also got the math figured out for how many points to give to each assignment: yay for that. And I have at least some of the preliminary handouts done.

I did not, however, get to the post office to check for the handbook for the 101s. I'll have to try to swing past tomorrow on my way out for my routine Friday thingies and hope like hell it's there, even though I won't be able to work with it until Sunday at the earliest.

The fact that I'm so happy about such small progress (in the grand scheme of things) is an indication of just how desperate I am to see any movement in the correct direction. I even got a few things up on Blackboard and otherwise have begun to get all that ready and organized.

And now I must dash. I hope I have time for another quickie post tomorrow, depending on how much work I try to squeeze in. It hurts me to do it, but I've even set an alarm for tomorrow morning (an alarm! during the summer! What is the world coming to?). I need to get myself onto an earlier schedule so I can get more done in a day.

Off I go--to see Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. Apropos, I think, with the SF class coming up...

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