It’s been a while since I posted anything substantial. I’ve been very good about the poetry everyday, but those are swift and take little thought. I thought about posting things I’m working on, which I still might, but I don’t want to get into too much detail. I have started roughs for two short stories, two books, and two screenplays. The hardest part is sitting down and working on them.
I am trying to sort out my Fall schedule for school, which just seems to be a bigger and bigger headache. Sometimes I feel like getting my teaching certification is giving up on writing. Perhaps it is. But I feel part of me fighting back and focussing on my writing more. The problem is action. There is no action.
I like to write in the morning, but it seems like there are a million other things to do. The dogs need feeding, showers need be taken, coffee made, breakfast, lunch packed… that’s the idea. I don’t want to get up earlier as I am already quite sleepy upon arisal. But something must be done.
At least on epart of my million-point plan for self-improvement is working. I am swimming much better than I used to. It has always been an unspoken goal of mine to be a better swimmer. I have been going to the pool. Wednesday last, I met a lady named Evette who runs the swim clinic on Mondays and Wednesdays. I am meeting with her until next Wednesday. It is only four sessions, but after yesterday I already feel much more confident in the water. She has helped me float, which I don’t do. I have a much better crawl and we are working on my breast stroke.
I have not been running or biking as much, but I will certainly be trying to do so. Swimming takes a lot out of you.
The whole teaching thing is very frustrating. Oklahoma has “high standards” for teachers. What I am fast discovering is that every state has “high standards” for teachers, which apparently just means “their own” standards. Having worked with teachers from OK, AK, and MI, I would have to say I see little difference. The ones in AK were far too easy on the students, but it was a high school that had a corrupt administration. What can one do? Oklahoma’s standards, at least at OSU, are just set up so after graduating, it is extremely hard to get a teaching certification.
This is bad.
The best teachers I witnessed at camp, the ones with the best repoire with students and the best peer-comments were teachers who had switched from a previous career. Going into teaching straight into college isn’t a great thing. There are far too many things to still be learned about life.
Straight to college is a bad plan, anyway. It would be nice if all of us could have afforded a year of travel and learning abroad before starting a formal education. It would really help us all out. Studying abroad shouldn’t be a perk. It should be required. As should foreign language. In grade school.
I have to go to school.