I did it!!
Two years and God only knows how many hours into it, I finally finished the rough draft of my first novel. Clocking in at just over 70,000 words, it's bit rough looking and it'll be a long time editing, but the rough draft is done. I'm super excited.
Normally I'm averse to stealing other people's icons, but I saw this on a group I'm on and had to take it for my own.
Well the school year is ticking down, but I already got my schedule for next year. Besides the classes that I teach now, they're also giving me a Shakespeare class for seniors, and a more prominent role in the teaching academy. It's a little extra work, but it'll help break up the monateny of the day I think. Now I just need to decide which plays to teach next year for Shakespeare.
I think the end of the year is beginning to get to me though. I've totally lost the ability to spell. Today in class I managed to mispell both differant and opposite in a three minute period while writing on the board. The closer you get to the end, the more your mind wants to check out I think.
Also had more than a few runaway issues to deal with lately, which was a little odd. Three differeant students ran away from home in the past month, although one has returned home since then. You have to go through a whole process though to see if their were any signs of why they ran away, and if you know where they might have gone. In this case, both kind of caught me by surprise. Both students who are still gone had been showing more erratic behavior lately, but I just chalked that up to end of the year symptoms. I hope they're alright, it sucks that they felt they had no choice but to leave their homes.
Other than that, not much happening. I think the rough draft of the screenplay should be wrapped up Sunday, which will help to get the production off the ground. A few more rewrites after that, but it should be a fun little yarn when all is said and done. I've actually warmed to the idea of zombies vs. cowboys.
Have I mentioned how much I love 24? Because I do. Plus, I was looking for a chance to show of my spiffy new icon, which I think only 24 afficienados will get.
So obviously the Da Vinci code is the biggest book since sliced bread in America. It's been on the New York Top Ten since it's release years ago. That is a monstrous accomplishment.
Now that I'm taking the time to read it though, I'm kind of dissapointed. I find the book to be slow, plodding, and preachy. Which is odd, since I loved Dan Brown's first novel in the series, Angels and Demons. I've heard people say that if you read Da Vinci first, than Angels and Demons seems lesser in your eyes, and the oppisate must hold true as well I guess.
The whole science vs. religion and secret history of the Illuminati in Angels and Demons fascinated me. The whole Holy Grail and Jesus has a lovechild thing doesn't. And I'm not even offended by the idea, just its lame execution. Maybe it's because I've actually done research into the historical background of biblical texts (thank you college), but it seems obvious to me that Brown is setting up some paper thin arguments and cherry picking quotes out of context to support the mystery of the novel, which is offputting. It's hard to get lost in the fictional world when you see inaccuracies everywhere you look.
I'm halfway through the book right now, and I think I'm just going to stop altogether. I never do that. I'm not even all that interested in the movie now.
I usually pride myself on having a good idea about what works in mainstream culture and what doesn't, and on the surface I guess I can see why Da Vinci got so much press, but I'm shocked so many people actually enjoyed it. It's pretty sucky writing I think.
Does anybody have a copy of the board game Cranium I can borrow for Friday? It's a minimum day at school, so I want to use it as a template to do a review game of what we've done so far before spring break.
I did one for Vin Diesal, so I might as well do one for Jack that a friend sent me. Most of the recycled ones I booted out though.
- If Jack Bauer was in a room with Hitler, Stalin, and Nina Meyers, and he had a gun with two bullets, he'd shoot Nina twice.
- Jack Bauer once forgot where he put his keys. He then spent the next half-hour torturing himself until he gave up their location.
- When life gave Jack Bauer lemons, he used them to kill terrorists. Jack Bauer hates lemonade.
- Jack Bauer once won a game of connect 4 in 3 moves.
- When Jack Bauer was a child, he made his mother finish his vegetables.
- Jack Bauer's favorite color is terror alert red. His second favorite is violet, only because it sounds like violent.
- When you open a can of whoop ass, Jack Bauer jumps out.
- In 96 hours, Jack Bauer has killed 93 people and saved the world 4 times. What the hell have you been doing with your life?
- In kindergarten, Jack Bauer killed a terrorist for show and tell.
- People with amnesia still remember Jack Bauer.
- Jack Bauer was conceived by torturing other sperm until they gave up the location of the egg.
- Jack Bauer's family threw a surprise birthday party for him when he was a child. Once.
Pretty good weekend all things considered. On Friday I went out for drinks with some friends for work, and along the way, might have come up with some plans for the birthday this year (they involve a double decker bus, a keg, and many bars).
Afterwards I went to poker and did really well. I came in second place, mostly due to exhauastion and the fact that I actually felt my brain snap at one point after having been up for over twenty one hours. It's an odd thing to actually feel yourself go momentarily insane, luckily it appears to snap back after a bit.
Saturday was my lazy day. Slept in, did a bit of writing, and took in a double feature of Inside Man & Thank You for Smoking. Followed that up with going out salsa dancing with friends. That's right people, I was salsa dancing. Maybe not well mind you, but at least I gave it an honest effort which should count for something.
Sunday was my productive day. I graded all my papers, went to church, worked out, did some critical analyzation of my writing, and other such mundanities. One of those days you can look back at and say, way to go with me.
Today was kind of interesting at school. I'd say a good quarter of the school did a 9 AM walk out in protest of a new immigration law that was put forth. Of course, a good half of the kids who walked just wanted a free day from school. This was somewhat unfortunate as we had our WASC committe from the state here to appraise our accreditation, but we weren't the only school district to suffer from this, so no real harm done. I actually had the WASC committee come observe me as a featured teacher at one point, but I think it went alright. The observer was certainly complimentary as he left.
Tonight, do a bit more writing and watch me some 24. I need to see Jack torture his ex-girlfriend. Good times.
I'm thinking about heading out tonight for Mardi Gras. Yeah it's a Tuesday, but Mardi Gras. Anybody game?