Hello fellow bloggers, Internet wanderers, and all those who somehow ended up on this page by mistake–or somehow on purpose.
Those two headings were beyond unnecessary, but this is my blog and, eh, stuff happens.
For this week’s blog post, not that it’s really on a “weekly” schedule or anything, you and I are going to delve into the “why I took a course in Literary Citizenship.”
I’ll openly admit it: I took this class because a 405 course is mandatory for my Creative Writing major. No matter what, I was going to have to take a 405 class.
Besides it being mandatory, I chose this particular section because of the professor teaching it: Cathy Day.
I’d had two previous classes with her; one was a sort of “intro” to fiction writing (which I had a year ago this semester), and the other was a novel writing course (which I had just last semester).
Each class I had with her I quite enjoyed and got a lot out of it, so when I saw that she would be teaching this course, I thought that it would ease the pain of a mandatory class.
(Sometimes, if I’m forced to do something, I just really absolutely hate it, no matter what. I just get in that horrid mindset of “I’m being forced to do this and that makes it suck” at times. So, I was looking for a way to avoid that feeling so that the semester would go by smoothly and not seem to drag on forever.)
The class is only one day a week from 6:30-9:10 and is not the easiest for my Thursdays begin at 3:00 a.m. when I have to get up for work. After a brief nap, I have class at 2-3:15, then 5-6:15, and then finally this Literary Citizenship one.
Needless to say, Thursdays are my most dreaded day of the week and I wish super hard for them not to exist, but they, so far, despite my intense Anti-Thursday dances, keep rolling around.
The Good News
Despite the long, long day that Thursday presents me with, so far it has turned out to be not such a crisis.
(“Yet! Not yet!” screams the pessimist who long ago took control of my brain.
“Shut up, I’m busy here,” I reply, continuing to type through the shrieking.)
I had no clue what “literary citizenship” was when I first read the course description at the end of the semester before finals.
And what I’ve learned so far has been pretty neat.
Like having to do modern day “charming notes.”
We have to follow five people’s blogs, Twitters, like their Facebook pages, etc. to show support. The less famous they are, the better, though, everyone still counts.
At first I was worried about that being super tedious or filling up my Twitter feed with nonsense, but it’s actually been pretty cool.
I’m one of those people who will go on Wikipedia to look up one thing (say Paul Revere’s famous ride, alarming all those of Boston about the British) and end up on something completely unrelated from my original query (like neuroscience or quantum mechanics).
So, by going and following random writers and authors, I get taken down a trail where the destination is unknown.
I also happen to be one of those people who get stuck in ruts with things and don’t like to venture out to find new things when I’ve already got a suitcase packed of stuff I like.
But, at times, I really wish I had a new band to listen to or a new TV series to watch…
OR BOOKS TO READ.
Because, despite not being able to read for pleasure in college, I still happen to really love books and can only reread my favorites so many times before wanting to see how someone else interprets the world.
This class is definitely going to help with that, too.
The “I’m Almost Done Now”
So, let’s see…
What have we covered so far?
1. I took this class because it was mandatory.
2. I took this particular one, though, for the professor.
3. I’ve been rambling the rest of this post.
Good, good. We’re still on course.
I think that’s really all that needs to be said.
We could talk about my day, but I won’t make you suffer through that (all I did was homework, eat briefly, and watch it snow).
(See what I did there? Still told you about my day.)
This class is definitely far different from any other English class I’ve taken not only here at Ball State, but in my entire education career.
And that freshness is most definitely welcomed.
Until next time, my fellow Internet perusers.