Mason and I moved to an apartment in Spokane Valley. That was exhausting, we're still unpacking and now: Summer Semester at North Idaho College has started. I've juggled my school schedule probably fifty times since I started last year. This summer plan was no different: I was ambitious but misguided. I thought I could handle Math 025 (Beginning Algebra) and a science class. I had planned on taking Chemistry 100, Mason was going to take it with me to support me. Well... turns out there's a lot more math in Chemistry than I care for. I just scraped by in Elementary Algebra, and Chemistry 100 wants a firm knowledge in Beginning Algebra: which I happen to be learning this summer. So the introductory video I had watched for Chem-100 sent me screaming in the other direction. But I found the best possible replacement class ever: Stress Management. I know, right? Who do you know that needs to learn how to calm the fuck down more than me? No one. Except maybe yourself. I know my friends, and we're all a little on the edgy side. The fringe-friends. That's why we read, or write or make artwork, right? To calm down? Well, I know why I do. So I'm still enrolled for Math 025 and Psychology: 223-01: Stress Management.
This was the amazing introductory picture I found waiting for me on my Stress Management page. This teacher knows what the hell is going on. Look at those colors. Interestingly enough, all I can think of is the video game Peggle.
I pretty much have Math homework every single day, and five tests to take between now and the end of July.
That should kind of tell you where I'm at on the writing front: all my time and energy is going toward putting this apartment together and making sure I can pass my Math class. However, I have a feeling that once I get settled, this Stress Management class is going to help me make time to write this summer.
My Math 025 book was $130. I think the people who author'd the book understand that many people dislike math, and dislike Algebra even more. They make a really good effort to try and "rationalize" and point out all the realistic, functional places we see Math on a daily basis (and try very, very hard to ignore it!).That electronic device looks suspiciously like a Nokia or a Blackberry device (or are those the same thing?)...
I'm learning in my Stress Management class that there are multiple kinds of stress: distress, eustress (pronounced "you" as in euphoric) and neustress (pronounced "new" as in neutral). I've been listening to audio files talking about "ego defense mechanisms," and have been prefaced that they're something that we want to avoid. I'm certain to be guilty of quite a few. The class has me writing journals twice a week and listening to audio files. So far, I'm incredibly excited for how the class is structured and what it will mean for me on a personal level. It's been a long time since I did any kind of personal journaling, so they may end up on my site if I have nothing else to show for my writing.
Did I mention I made the Dean's List for Spring 2016? I can't take too much credit, my classes were a remedial Math class (015), Creative Writing, Photography and Yoga. I mean, who could really screw that up... but hey, if they don't care about the details of the workload, then I'll take that Dean's List! I'm supposed to get something in the mail but it hasn't arrived yet. I secretly blame an address change and tend to believe it will never actually arrive.
I also switched all of my classes in the Fall 2016 semester to be online, and I'll be strictly working very early mornings on the weekends only. This is to keep my stress level about work down to a minimum (removing me from co-worker interaction), and for some personal reasons that I don't want to physically be seen in class during the Fall.
And, in customary Cat tradition, my cat Boo does not care about my educational goals. He sits on my homework and looks at me with disbelief.
The best I've done with "writing" has been occasionally daydreaming about it and reading/listening to other books. I'm currently listening to "Lirael" by Garth Nix (via audiobook on Audible) and reading ElvenBorn by Mercedes Lackey and Andre Norton (since there is no audio book version of it!). Both are slow going since I'm trying to share the experience with Mason, but it's more books under my belt than I've managed to read in quite some time. I'm still considering a new outline for The Trials of Blood (and reading a writing reference book that suggests I try doing it without an outline). I maintain that I haven't actually given up writing, I'm just trying to focus on my education at the moment and--my education doesn't necessarily care about my writing. I'll get to a place where I can balance it, hopefully. In the meantime, you get my blogs, and I get back to doing homework.