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Monday, 06 June 2016


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May the force be with you, good luck.

BTDT on teaching. Classroom time is the "performance" part of teaching. It is a lot like other performance arts in that the preparation time has to exceed the performance time or you will suck as a teacher. Initially, it has to exceed the classroom time by a lot. Eventually, you get it down to a set of repeatable presentations that you modify according to changes in technology, the needs of your students, etc., but there is still prep time. People who think teachers are overpaid should try it some time.

Good plan, Mike! I look forward to both book and continued blog, and will therefore quell my urge to check in on weekends.

I used to have two reservoirs -- one life/teaching, the other research/writing -- but sometime in my sixties the valve between them was left open and now I can't get the damned thing shut. So it's either one or the other with me now.

If you write the book see if you can work in Lucas Davenport or Virgil Flowers... ;-)

And what day will you reserve for announcing general changes to administration of TOP? :)

I suspect I won't be the only one to say this, but whatever it is about, I'll buy it (well, unless it is about pool).

The teacher tiredness thing --- I will cite that. This is a nice explanation why I will really relax off-semester by doing research (or trying to) during more clock hours than I use for my teaching tasks. Attentiveness and the feeling of responsibility (in teaching, evaluating, organizing) of the well being of other people, it's often really tiring. Thanks for putting it into words.

Dear Ed. please consider writing in your own time as my morning coffee time happens 24/7.

On second thought, 2 days worth of withdrawal symptoms might might be manageable. I'll give it a try.

Good luck with the word smithing thingie, Mike

If succesful you shall have joined the
POETS club.
Saturday and Sunday in your case.

Publishing a regular blog posting can drain one's physical and mental resources. Then too you
are aging, in your own way, sadly. The dogs need time without you on the computer, and there are probably some days you let the dogs out in the morning, grab a warm beverage, and return to bed.
Then too it is tourist season where you dwell; the area is about to become hectic for two or three months.
All good reasons to make T.O.P. a Monday to Friday position.

Good on ya, Mike for writing a book. My hands shouldn't be shaking too hard by the time you post shows up in my RSS on Monday.

I was going to ask if you were writing fiction or non-fiction, but I realized that (a) it's none of my business, and (b) you'll let us know either way.

Best of luck, and may your muse be always cheerful.

Good for you, Mike. I'm looking forward to it, and I'm wishing you the best of luck!

I love Steven Pressfield's book The War of Art in that he talks about writers needing to write, every day, like a real job.

Cool stuff.

Good luck with your book!

I suggest that you make "Open Mike" on Thursday.

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