Two More Days

I’m back to work this Thursday and I start classes on Monday (a week from today).  I’ve spent the day organizing my desk (how come offices don’t clean themselves over the summer?) and revising my syllabi and class plans for the new school year.  As I was reviewing my notes, I realized that I revise my work for class in the same way that I revise my poems.  I think I may be one of the last poets who still does a lot of her drafting/revising/editing on paper before moving to the computer screen.  I draft all my poems on notebook paper or in small Dollar Store Journals.  I draft my class plans and schedules on notebook paper.  In all cases, I use a lot of scribbles and arrows. I love colored pens (purple is my favorite).  Somehow, I like the messiness of it all!

This week, besides preparing for the new year, I will be enjoying the last days of summer.  I will most likely return to my regularly scheduled blogging by the weekend.


  1. Sandy Longhorn Said:

    While I do revise on the computer, I have to have printed copies on which to scribble and draw arrows and circles and whatnot. I, too, love a good colored pen.

    Good luck!

  2. Yep! colored pens, paper, journals, computer, whatever it takes!

    And yep to constantly revising teaching materials, too, when I taught!

  3. Christopher Munde Said:

    I certainly can relate to thriving on messiness. While I’ve weaned myself off of needing to use a certain kind of pen to write, I still cannot develop any ideas on the computer. Lesson plans and creative writing alike are microscopically-printed messes only I can decipher, and one can tell the length of time each page took to be composed by the number of small creatures drawn in the margins; those are procrastination incarnate.

  4. Karen Said:

    Thanks Chris for stopping by! I’m glad you are at JCC!

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