>FGI Blogging & Fall Classes

>Rather than re-post my recent FGI blog posts here, I’ve simply including a link to the feed.

In other news, I’m reading two comics, graciously donated to me by First Second Books. I’m reading Drawing Words, Writing Pictures, a textbook on creating comics, and Prince of Persia (based on the awesome old video game). I’ll be posting my thoughts when I finish them–I plan on reviewing one of them here, but will likely submit the second review for publication. So far, I am enjoying them both quite a bit–as usual for First Second, the text and art are fantastic, and the printing quality is stellar.

My posts will again be haphazard this season, as I’m thick into another semester of full-time school plus full-time work (after this spring’s also-full-time load, I will have completed my PhD’s residency requirement, and perhaps be able to take it a little slower). I have to say, though, that despite the incredible amount of work this is taking, I’m enjoying all three classes–even, to my surprise, my required statistics course. Granted, I don’t enjoy all the homework, but thus far the instructor’s recorded lectures are doing a great job of illuminating the dull textbook.

My “Finance in Higher Education” course is heavy on the required reading, but it’s such fascinating and practical information that I appreciate it. But by far my favorite class is “Essentials of Academic Publishing.” For one, it’s hard not to enjoy a class where your professor mentions publishing as welcome “bling” on your CV. For two, who wouldn’t appreciate a course where your final project is 1) of your choosing, and 2) something that you’ll be able to use professionally, since it involves getting something academic published? For three, I just love writing, and being able to read about it, write about it, and discuss it with others is great. The class is forcing me to make time for writing–huzzah!

Now, if only I had classes that forced me to make time for exercise, healthy cooking, and cleaning house… hmmm.

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