Actually, I have a couple guesses as to why:
For one thing, school started today. That's just a bit overwhelming. Just a bit.
Also, my sister was in a play of Comedy of Errors this weekend, and I went to most of her shows to help out.
I also was trying to write some more, because I really had an over all unproductive Winter Break. So I did start work on some of those plot bunnies.
Most importantly, though, I've been thinking - about my schedule, about my priorities, about how I parcel out my time. This past semester and break have been a sort of experiment - my first experience with an entirely traditional school system (a state university)- and I've determined some things about the way I work and how I'm going to have to change.
One of the big questions homeschoolers' get is, "Wait. You do school in the SUMMER?"
Well, yes. Homeschoolers believe that learning is an everlasting process, and so we 'do school' in the summer.
Also, "You're so lucky! You don't have to go to school every day. You can sleep in!"
Well, yes to that too (sometimes).
See, homeschoolers work and play in a homogenous continuum, throughout the calendar year - perhaps fluctuating a bit towards work at one point, and a bit towards play at another, but overall, keeping quite a constant balance.
How weird it is (for me) to now have a college schedule that demands total work for four months with the reward of total play for one month after. At first, this sounds beautiful - if I work super hard, I'll be able to relax for FOUR WHOLE WEEKS. I'll be able to do all those things I want - like write, read, blog... Oh, it's glorious.
But after these last five months, I've learned something - my brain has been trained in a homeschooler's way. I play better (read more, write more, blog more) when I'm busy. When the play stops being a reward and just daily life, it starts becoming the work, and lounging around on the couch becomes play.
Do you see where I'm going? Blogging and writing become work. READING BECOMES WORK. That's not cool.
My brain does not function well on utter free time. It actually works better when I have no free time, so then I feel the need to make some.
This summer, I'm taking two classes, so my life will be back to a homeschooling continuum. But Winter Break 2015, I'm going to try to be more productive in the things I love. I'm going to give my brain some (minor) work, so that reading and blogging and noveling can remain rewards and fun.
And this coming semester, I'm going to take what little freetime I have, and do exactly what I want with it. I'm not going to think, "Oh, I really should blog," when I just want to read, or "I've got to finish XYZ reading challenge," when I just want to write.
So. Some decisions:
- No reading challenges. They are such fun when I'm into whatever I'm reading. But I don't want to feel obligated to read a certain book. It makes me like that book less. That's the kind of reader I am - quite impulsive. I read what I want.
- This also means, no more Bible Project. Yes, yes, the Bible is a special kind of book, but that also means it deserves more attention then my skimming readings. I KNOW I just got to the good part (The New Testament), but oh well. I'm in a Bible Study at school, so that's going to have to suffice. (However, the Bible Project is not gone forever. It's only on hiatus for a bit. Perhaps it'll resurrect in the summer.)
- Sometimes, blogging won't happen because I want to novel more. Usually, when I have free time for writing, I blog instead of noveling. Usually = 99% of the time. So, I'm afraid I may disappear every so often, like I did this past week. BUT KNOW - I am producing a future masterpiece, so worry not!
Wow. Glad I got that out. :-P
Homeschoolers - do you do school the same way I do (or did, before college) - all homogenous-like? What's the most annoying question you've gotten? (Other than "Do you stay in your pajamas all day?" We all know that one's asked way too much...)
Students - when do you start school? I send you virtual cake and good vibes to get you through this semester/term/quarter/etc.
Everyone - what kind of reader are you? Can you manage a reading challenge? Or do you just read whatever you happen to see on your shelf next?