Sunday, November 14, 2010

"Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task."

William James

My mom and sister came to visit me on Thursday.

It was a good but long weekend. My sister had never been to Baltimore before, so we did the tourist thing all day, showed her Baltimore in all its glory and lack thereof. We took the MARC train to D.C. on Friday and did more touristy stuff, and then had a get together that night at my place. Saturday, we went shopping, and then to a drive-in movie at Bengie's, the largest theater screen in America. During this trip, they met some of my friends in the Baltimore/D.C. area. It was a good trip.

But now it's time to get back to the real world. I have a ton of homework to do, some of it before classes this week, some of it in the next couple of weeks. I have errands I need to run, and I have a bunch of shows I need to get caught up on. I have a lot to do in just a few weeks; it's stressful.

One of those stressful items on my to do list is to finish my hypertext story for this class. I've got one version (with two endings) written down, but I still have yet to write the other version. It's every bit as much work as I thought it would be, and more so. Is anyone else struggling to finish their assignments on time? Do you have any suggestions for how to block out the world and get shit done? After a work-free weekend, the last thing I want to do is homework.

But, unfortunately, it's the first thing I need to do. This should be fun...


  1. I am having the same problems with my project and all I am trying to do is write a poem to go along with my film! I finally threw the poem idea away and went along with another form. I am feeling your pain as far as being bogged down with so much work and trying to figure out how to get it all done and still have a life... How was Bengie's by the way? Haven't been there in years.

  2. Bengie's was great! I didn't like the second movie as much, but it was a fun trip, either way. :-)

  3. I can't wait for my communal story to close. I feel like I'm chained to the computer. But I took yesterday off and went to Brookside Gardens for fresh air and sunshine. It's good to stop thinking about everything you have to do, even for a little while. It may be hard to get back to the projects, but I think the time off clears your mind and helps you be more creative in the long run. Taking a break is good.

  4. I guess that's true. I started working on my final project for Typography yesterday (we have to design an entire 28- to 48-page book, with cover, in InDesign), and I actually got through an entire draft. If I wanted, I could turn it in now. But I know there are already things I want to change, and there will probably be new ideas later. It's not due until the first of December, anyway. It feels good to have a working draft, though. Now for THIS class!