Monday, December 10, 2012

Day 3: My brain hurts.

Also, this day was so long it carried over into Monday.

Day 3 was intellectual. And it was jam-packed, schedule-wise. I'm not going to attend any lectures unless I really want to go, but I'm also trying to keep up my strategy of fuller days at the beginning of the week so I have more down time near the end of the week. (We have a lot of choice about what we attend as long as we hit a certain number of hours.) I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, but damn, today was long. I feel like I've been running since about 8:00 AM. Yesterday, as I type this.

This morning I attended a lecture from faculty member Stephen Graham Jones about infodumping. Basically, flashbacks and that thing authors and filmmakers do where they need to give you a bunch of info about the world they've created all in a large dose. And lots of people do it badly. Fascinating. And the accompanying movie clips were hilarious. Great, relevant stuff. I learned a lot.

Second today was another faculty lecture, this time from poet Matthew Zapruder. Really interesting, really cerebral lecture on how poetry should be enjoyed, how most English teachers are killing people's love of poetry and/or literature. (For a number of reasons, it's been a rough day to be an English teacher around here.) But I loved--loved!--this lecture. It's something I think about a lot, especially since starting this program: I want my students to read to enjoy, and I struggle with how to balance that with what material I have to teach to them. The crux of the lecture was that poetry is not a secret code that is only for a few people to interpret. Wonderful talk.

I literally crammed lunch in my face so I'd have an extra twenty minutes to breathe in my room, because after lunch, we went right into cross-genre (that's like our minor) workshop for three hours and then I had one final lecture (another faculty member, oddly enough!) from David Ulin about writing literary criticism. Excellent, just like this morning's stuff.

But today I was in 4 and a half hours of lectures and 3 hours of workshop. Yeesh.

So basically after my busy day I wanted to just hang out and be comfy in my room... so I did that, but I did it with a bunch o' my nerd peeps again. Good times.

And now I need to go to sleep for five minutes so I can do this all again tomorrow.


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