My GOD, writing this chapter was like herding a pack of ADHD squirrels. Who were all on speed. GAAAAH. I think I ended up trying to argue about four different things, and I really only needed to do one of them. And it's been like this since October.
But I now have a complete draft, finally
. There are still some sections where I've got placeholder words or phrases enclosed in angled brackets that I need to make clearer tomorrow, but at least it's all at the sentence-level now, and not "Insert paragraph on x
" or similar. It's still only fourteen pages, which isn't a bad
thing, necessarily--my intro is ten, and my second chapter is sixteen--but after all the work I put into it, I expected more. Then again, perhaps all the work I put into it just made it a really dense
fourteen pages. I'll keep telling myself that, anyway.
Graded five papers today when I was stuck on a paragraph. Still have forty-odd more to go, but at least they aren't getting these back, and so I don't have to write up my usual paragraph of comments at the end. That should make it go much more quickly. (Good thing, since I need to submit grades on Saturday before I go back to Nashville for the break.)
In better news, I had a student e-mail me today wanting to know what books to get for next semester, and saying how excited he was about the class topic (science fiction, for anyone who's new here). Awww. 102 is going to be so much more fun to teach than 101 was.
And in really super-exciting news, I was not expecting such a amazing
response to my Ginger and Fred vid
! I don't think I've ever
gotten two pages of comments on anything
before! And the stats on the streaming version say there's been almost 900 views so far. I am so pleased that so many people enjoyed it. :)