Thisby Thestoop and the Black Mountain

It’s fair to say that I read a good number of books children’s books. Having kids of my own, I like to pilfer their shelves from time to time. In our house, we like to stock “the classics” as a sort of quality guarantee. Since children’s books became a genre there have been writers who have tried to cash in on the children’s market as a way to make a quick buck with little effort. Reading “the classics” means that you get the best books from every era without having to wade through the formulaic twaddle, most of which has mercifully been forgotten over the years.
It’s a different story with modern children’s books. Picking up a new children’s book means taking a chance on wasting your time, and the modern children’s book publishing machine loves tried and true formulas. After the success of Harry Potter we got books about schools for magical/mythological/specially talented kids who are sorted into groups based on their personalities. After The Hunger Games took off, we’ve have had m…

Midterms

I have the best job in the world. This is not debatable. As a teacher, I get paid to spend all day talking to people about books, history, philosophy, and theology. In other words, I get paid to do what I used to get in trouble for doing on the job. Add to this the fact that I have the brightest students in the world, once again not debatable, and the best curriculum in the world, and the fact that I can justify reading books as part of my job, and you’ll see that I’m a pretty lucky guy. However, even the most fortunate among us have to do work every now and then, and I have to do work twice a year…midterms and final exams. It’s not that I don’t assign papers or do grading any other time. It’s the fact that for midterms and finals, all my students turn in their papers on the same day, and I have exactly one week to grade all of them and write a progress report for each student.

This has been my week for grading midterms. A hundred and sixty-one of them. Worked in between my regular teaching, eating, sleeping, and family schedule. The solution to this has involved lots of soda, coffee, and candy, as well as staying up until three in the morning. So, basically, college life again. By the end of the week, I am victorious, but it is a costly victory. Here is a picture of me as of this morning…

Comments

Erica said…
Judging by that picture, I think you really need some sleep.

Also, you've lost your fingers. This is distressing considering I just finished Chestnut King. Is there something I need to know?
Rick said…
Oh no, does someone lose their fingers in the Chestnut King? I haven't read it yet, so don't tell me!
Erica said…
You haven't read it yet? Do it as soon as midterms are over. It's actually rather creepy. :-D