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Posted on Friday 1 December 2006 at 1:59 pm

Fic, Kids, HW, and other assorted stuff

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Back in September, I wrote a Christmas story for no apparent reason and posted it here. Just in case anyone missed it the first go 'round and is interested in an R/T Xmas fic before the metamorfic_moon Fic Advent really gets going, I've now posted it at FF.net or you can obviously still read it here.

Today when I was volunteering at the elementary school, I helped a little boy do the HW that he hasn't done for the last week. He's decided he doesn't like it and doesn't want to do it and the teacher told him it was going to get done. When we went in the hall, he complained to me that he didn't want to do it. I told him no one likes to do HW but we all have to and I have a ton that I don't want to do but I do it anyway (Shhh! I didn't mention the heavy doses of procrastination). He told me that I don't have HW all people like me do is walk around his school. I tried to explain that I'm only at his school for about 2 hours a week and the rest of the time I'm at my own school and I have to read about 300 pages a day and I have three 20 page papers due in the next 18 days. He told me I was lying. Oh how I wish my papers were just a figment of my imagination or some lie made up to scare a seven-year-old into doing his work!

Before I was helping this little boy, the kindergartners and second graders were working together to make holiday cards to send to troops stationed overseas (I think it was Air Force in Germany). Somehow this led one table of four boys (2 of each grade) to debate the existence of God. I think the main opinions proffered were that there is no god, there is one God, there are 5,783,692,148 (or some such astronomical number and yes an exact number in the billions was given) gods but God is the God of all those gods, and I never did figure out the fourth boy's opinion. The teacher, student teacher, and myself were doing our best to make sure none of the boys got upset about the conversation, but beyond that, we just let them go. And tried not to laugh.

My plan for the day is to go to Barnes and Noble or some other cafe that has:
1. Electrical outlets so I can plug in my laptop,
2. No free wireless so I'll stay off LJ,
3. AC so I can get out of this blasted apartment that is now at 86 degrees.

I'm going to take a stack of books for my first paper and try to get a lot of the research done. My hope is to set an alarm and work on the paper for 45 minutes then take a 15 minute break to work on my metamorfic_moon Fic Advent story. I think that is a nice system that will let me get my work done and not get totally brain fried. We shall see how it goes.
Feeling: hot
Listening: Random Christmas Carols


What's Taters, Precious?
mrstater at 7:15 pm on 01 December 2006 (UTC) (Link)
Sounds like a good system. Hope you make lots of progress on both the paper and the fic! (Is it really selfish that I hope especially for fic progress?)

Ick, 86 in your apartment! STay cool!
bratty_jedi at 11:39 pm on 01 December 2006 (UTC) (Link)
Your hoping for fic progress is no more selfish than me telling jdbracknell not to hang her head in shame too low or she wouldn't be able to type. Of course, considering I could have been a nice, comforting friend, consoling her in her misery, instead of telling her to write, I'm not sure how much you can really take from being no more selfish than that.

Decent progress in the sense of a moral victory, getting into the mindset of working, and feeling like I'm really getting going, was made on both HW and fic fronts. Actual progress in terms of the percentage of work needed for either final product that is now completed is negligible, but I'm choosing to look on the bright side.

I was chased out of B&N by the extreme cold. They had to have their AC at like 40. And I got back to an apartment that is still 86. So I opened my window and will soon be getting back to work despite the heat. But first, a dinner break.
kileaiya at 7:44 pm on 01 December 2006 (UTC) (Link)
Good luck with your paper and your fic. I really need to work on my fic, but I have no idea where to head with it. Blast it.
bratty_jedi at 11:41 pm on 01 December 2006 (UTC) (Link)
I have two somewhat connected scenes somewhat fleshed out. I have nothing beyond that and don't really want the fic to just be those two scenes. Though I am playing with the idea of doing one from R's POV and one from T's, which would make it more interesting if I can pull it of in a non-jarring fashion and possibly make those two bits work for a complete story. I'm not sure, though.

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