First, thank you for all the comments, lamenting the lack of new posts. Had I not been born in the best state in the nation (New Jersey, FYI), I may have taken your criticism the wrong way. Thankfully for you, however, my ego is so ridiculous and my need for attention is so great that every “start BLOGGING again, NOW!” directive was like an angelic choir of gloriousness.
I’ll have you know that I am NOT done the darn paper yet. It is a full-scale pre-publishable academic research paper and it’s the first one I’ve ever done. Because my actual job is communicating proper writing techniques to new college students, and because I have a strong sense of ethical integrity I am trying to follow my own, much offered, writing advice. That is, I’m trying to practice what I preach. And here is something I’ve learned this week:
What I preach takes a long freaking time. And it’s very boring.
I’m done a rough draft. That took me, literally, a week. Now I have (ideally) two revisions and a proof-read before the thing goes to prof. (That’s a fun play on “goes to press;” did you catch it?) I’m not going to lie, I hate school right now. No wonder so many students ignore my well-intentioned advice. I’m trying to ignore it myself.
Here’s the thing, though. I know I’m right and I hate it. I am filled with self-loathing at my own smugness, but I can’t ignore me. If I actually dedicate myself to the behemoth of work I pontificate about, I will have a solid product at the end. I know it.
But I’m not lying, it’s like being attached to Jabba the Hutt for three weeks. It. Is. ExHAUSting. (And gross. My body isn’t really made for metal bikinis.)
I’ve earned at least one bloggy reprieve, however. I’ll be working on a real post for the near future. And maybe even more than one.
I like you guys. Thanks for validating my spotlighting.
PS: One of my friends just started up a blog called “Photo Freak,” a mix of her own journey as a photographer and interaction with readers. This week’s assignment: picture of yourself (or your kids) with a moustache. Deadline Tuesday. You should participate. I would love to see my bloggy buddies with ‘staches.
So, post AND picture(s) to follow.
PPS: I know this post is titled “Freaky Friday” and it’s really Saturday, but I’m out of practice. It took me a long time to finish this.