Let's see. Since the last time we talked I have completed one grad school course and am barreling along towards the end of the second. It's been fun in many ways, and also challenging in many ways. I do like the relative freedom of it, but I'm not so crazy about learning how to write proper citations that will satisfy my instructors and whatever software packages are employed to assess such things. I'm trying, I really am.
The other major development is that I am now teaching a class at the local community college! This opportunity arose somewhat quickly, and now I'm seeing the academic world from a whole new perspective. Any former teachers are welcome to provide advice, once they stop spinning in their graves. I do like the relative freedom of it, but I'm not so crazy about learning how to work within an academic infrastructure that will satisfy my department head and whatever other shadowy forces are employed to assess such things. I'm trying, I really am.
One trade-off is that much of the time I once spent on more creative pursuits is now being siphoned off towards Oxford, Ohio and/or River Grove, Illinois. And perhaps it's all to the good that the world is no longer burdened by cicada themed haiku - let's learn plant morphology!