So but to keep on generating, I'll go with the lowest common denominator of writing exercises ... the "catching you up" list (it goes by other names too embarrassing to reproduce). So then, since my trip to NYC for our panel at MobilityShifts, I have been trying to "restabilize" (as if), respond to student drafts and ongoing projects, and instigate new projects. Regarding the latter, these projects include:
- Catching up with the E-Portfolios discussion as part of my work on the Gen Ed Committee on which I now serve. So far, I've generated a vast Prezi through which I am hoping to come to terms with the nature of the project, its history, scope, worries, and plans for evolution.
- Attempting to actually use Canvas to pilot a Canvas-embedded E-Portfolio in my current English 1010 class. This latter is mindfreakingly dull and a sort of timeslaking vortex of user unfriendliness (really? new input for each and every Learning Outcome, Outcome Grouping, and THEN a rubric?). No wonder faculty resist. Hopefully, though, my efforts will help us to tweak our system for user friendliness, but for now, I'm down in it.
- More inspirationally, my MoMLA installation for MLA 2012 ... the work continues, including a flurry of inspiration today ... flashes of heartshaking joy ...
- Ongoing health tweaks (thyroid medication, "unmentionables," and, probably also in the category of "TMI," ; a new "toof" in the form of incisor crown that is still pretty wonked out -- we refer to it as my "tusk" and are hoping my dentist will get me in this week to "refine" it. To tell the truth, who knew how traumatizing it could be to "lose" a near-front tooth? It is practically your FACE. no fun. On the bright side, my back therapy at the Wellness Center is keeping me sane and relatively unstricken w/ pain (can't quite say "pain free," but hey ...). Oh, and WINTER IS HERE ... which means one wicked cold/flu (so far), but also, ... fabulous coats and scarves and dramatic skies (all very good for my emotional health).
- Letters, grad school recommendations, more letters, travel requests, and so on.
So that's what I've got. I'm very excited about several projects, and I am grateful for my space, here, to keep me writing ... even "just" linear text, for it motivates me to get back to several lingering projects that long to rise (up above it).