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Renfests, movies and class

The more I do this writing for college thing, the more I realize I have no idea what my professors are looking for.

In my English Composition class, the paper I felt pretty confident about, I wound up getting an 78 on. Now, I will be re-writing it this week and I'm pretty certain I can improve on that grade, esp. after I got a chance to talk to him about what he was expecting to see. The other paper, the one I really hated? I got an 88 on it. Go figure. I may not even bother rewriting that one, considering all the writing I have to do between rewriting Essay One and writing Essay Three (due Saturday). Plus, I've somehow become captain of our informal debate team in this class. That's what I get for being the oldest I guess.

In my Writing for TV and Radio class, I had to come up with a "Children's TV show". I think I have a pretty good idea, but as we went through them in class, I see what he's specifically looking for when it comes to a pitch and a synopsis. I went a little overboard with the character descriptions and the pilot (although, since it is an animate show I was pitching, I thought they 'd need character descriptions like I'd give an artist on a comic. I found out, that would come from the show's bible, which is given after the show is accepted. All he needs is some general information about the characters, not a complete breakdown. Figures, I do four pages of background and he's looking for three paragraphs. Sigh. At least, I have a 91 through the mid-term. Good possibility I'll pull an A in this class. Go me!

This last Saturday, we went to the last weekend of the Maryland Renaissance Festival. We were accompanied by Mark and April MacDicken. April, if you have a copy of my comic, is my co-plotter and creator of one of the characters from Chronicles of the Sea Dragon, (she created Kalana, the Captain of the Black Talon). A good time was had by all, and the rain lifted while we were there (it was a tad muddy, but that just added to the ambiance). We picked up some cool items there and saw some very entertaining performances. I was really impressed by the dancers who still performed, even on the rain slickened stages. That was going above and beyond for their art. Also, we saw "That Scottish Play" performed by Shakespeare Scum. Basically, an irreverent romp through Macbeth in less than 20 minutes (with a nice tribute to James Doohan tossed in at the end). If I hadn't done anything else at the Fair, that was worth the price of admission in and of itself.

Yesterday, we went to see Wallace and Grommitt: The Curse of the Wererabbit. I had a ball and I think my daughter enjoyed herself. wishweaver groaned through most of the movie. I think she liked it, but I think she didn't want to admit she liked it. O.K., Wallace and Grommitt is NOT high concept, but it never claimed to be either. I loved seeing the old claymation effects (heck, there were a number of scenes where you could see the thumb prints on Grommitt's nose, for crying out loud). Still, it was a light and lively romp through jolly old England and Grommitt once again proved who's the real brains behind the duo. I'll be getting the DVD, even if I'm the only one who watches it. :P

Got home this evening, inspired from all the ideas people had for their children's shows and decided to get off my duff and get back to writing Harbinger. Enough dilly-dallying and letting time get away from me. If I can't get at least an hour a night in, then I'm doing something wrong. Almost finished Chapter 29 tonight, adding 1676 words to the total. I'm probably a page or two from finishing the chapter, but I do need to get some sleep before the weekly Tuesday meeting at work. Probably not a good idea to nod off in the middle of giving my status report.

Current Harbinger status:
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125,612 / 140,000
(0.0%)


(apparently the word count meter is still slightly off (since I think I have more than 0% done on this book, but hey, it's free, so who am I to complain?)

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  • 25 Jun 2012, 23:54
    Thanks! For some reason I was really sweating the LitCrit class. It wasn't easy by any stretch, but I think I made it harder on myself by overthinking stuff.

    Just one class this fall (schedule just…
  • 25 Jun 2012, 10:09
    Oh wow. Congrats on the A's!
  • 11 Mar 2012, 01:40
    I'm going to take a critique of Dracula based on one school of literary criticism (say, Neo-Marxist) and then deconstruct that critique using the focus of a different school of theory (say feminist,…
  • 7 Mar 2012, 07:54
    Not this year, alas. But I may well take you up on that next time :)
  • 7 Mar 2012, 01:55
    Well, if you want to fly over here, I can put you up at my place and get you a guest ticket. *grin* Might even try to get your opinion of my scotch collection.

    Airfare is on you, though.
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