Well. This past week was disappointing. I got started wrong twice on two different chapters, and had to delete and rewrite, because I got stuck at 500 words, and they wouldn’t unblock. So, instead of getting a chapter a day, I managed a chapter every two or three days. I’ve gotten the book up to chapter 22, and 61,000 words, out of a planned 31 chapters. So, about 4/5 of the way done.
I’ve also been distracted by getting things ready to start the school year: Daniel is starting Kindergarten (today’s his first day), and Kathryn is starting preschool (tomorrow), and they needed clothes, supplies, stuff labeled, and organized. Parents must supply the classrooms, which I don’t begrudge, since it’s a small, private, Christian school. We’ll also need to supply snacks twice a month for Daniel, and a week out of the semester for Kathryn’s class. Which, again, I don’t begrudge, considering.
Were it public schools demanding this on top of the shoddy education, apathetic teachers, and all of it taken from us at gunpoint (which it is anyway), I’d have a different attitude about the demanded hand sanitizer, paper towels, kleenex, etc., ad nauseum.
Andrew, my husband, is starting back to class as of Monday (as am I), and we’ve been getting him ready, too. Unfortunately, I’ve been too busy with everything else to get my class sites ready. So, that is the plan for today: I need to get my sites built. I need to load up my Course Policy Statement, my schedule of classes for the semester, and the textbook, and I need to create the discussion board threads for the semester, and create the assignment links. Oh, and get the grade book all set up.
After that, I’ll be able to get back to writing. But, for right now, I am about five chapters behind where I wanted to be. Five days of lost productivity on the book. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get caught up during the first couple of weeks’ office hours (two per day on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday), before the first papers are due to come in.