Well, after an all-nighter last Thursday (I am getting waaaaay to old for those I’ve discovered), I turned in that last paper and the semester is over! Well, it’s almost over. It won’t feel like it’s behind me until I get that last grade sometime today or tomorrow. Then I’ll have closure.
But I’ve already rebounded after a weekend of sleeping and drinking wine and knitting (of which I hope to have pictures soon, I swear, because it’s pretty lace that I’ll never wear but can’t seem to stop knitting). And I have started my next projects.
PROJECT THE FIRST: I bought a filing cabinet! And manila folders! And I’m sooooo excited to get my articles organized–I’m practically drooling. Because yes, I am a filing nerd.
PROJECT THE SECOND: I’m getting a couple of summer reading lists together. One comprised of fun books and another of books in my field that I need to read ASAP. There’s a good chance I’ll be able to petition to have all of the grad courses I’ve taken as a non-matriculated wannabe transfer over, which means: I’m halfway through my English M.A.! That means, GRE again this summer (ugh!) and getting my butt in gear for Ph.D. program applications come fall. While I really don’t like this process, it does give me more excuses to file things, so that’s a bonus. Ooooh, I’m thinking some sort of color-coding might be necessary to fool me into thinking I’m enjoying the whole deal…
PROJECT THE THIRD: I have four writing projects I want to work on this summer. 1) Revise a paper from this past semester. 2) Revise/rethink/completely rewrite a paper from my first semester as a wannabe. 3) Start research for a fun creative nonfiction project. 4) Write a fourth paper for my old advisor in history. And somewhere in there, I need to raise $1000 for an accordion.
PROJECT THE FOURTH: I need to get some language skills back. I want to start teaching myself some Yiddish, and I need to refresh my French and German. And if I can get to it, my Russian as well. I need to see if our crappy library here has any audiobooks in foreign languages. Sometimes just listening to a foreign language and blocking out English altogether helps. When I was taking a translation course, I discovered that I could only listen to Russian books or classical music while translating. English broke the spell.
So, I’ll be back soon with book lists I’m sure, and pictures of lace, and other fun stuff. In the meantime, I am going to surround myself with lovely pens, manila folders, and articles…