I wasn’t able to bring myself to do one of my readings earlier today, or tonight; what I was able to do, was get a lot more readings lined up so that I possibly do not have to do the one I printed out, the other day. I’m looking at 10-12 papers to read, at about 12 pages each. It’s not hard; it just requires focus and commitment.
I have been wanting to get these out of the way as soon as possible. Because of that, I didn’t maintain a social commitment tonight, opting instead to stay home — where I had the possibility of working on my last assignment. Unfortunately, reruns of Futurama are more entertaining than my readings!
Anyhow, I’ll try and get as much done tomorrow and the day after, as I can; even though I know that may only be six articles, total. But basically, what I have to do is scan and/or read the articles and provide a 100-200 word commentary on each. I’m going to try and get this done before Saturday, though I’m not sure how realistic a goal that is, at this point. (It probably depends on what I choose to read and how deeply I choose to read it — scanning first is probably the best idea I’ve had. Other than, that is, reading the introduction and conclusion of the paper, and first and last sentences of every paragraph, prior to scanning. I may not have a clear idea of what these things are about, because I gathered them so quickly.)
I should probably also put the files on a flash drive and transfer them to my secondary computer so that I won’t have to worry about not having anything to read, if I get stuck somewhere after the funeral on Saturday — my little tablet lasts about 4-6 hours on a charge. And I can take with me, the notebook I intended to use for Cataloging and then mostly didn’t — it will work for notations on the readings, which should help summarize them later. It will probably be simpler than trying to compose notes in a word-processing program.
As for artwork…I drew a border for my relative’s funeral program. It was nice to be able to do something with my hands, again, though it wasn’t under the best circumstances. Right now, though, I’m anticipating that program being thrown out by near relatives (different from nuclear family) because of others’ desire for control. What is positive is that I formed the page I worked on in Photoshop (I did what I thought I had to do and composed the front page as one flattened image, and so the cover is not editable unless it’s totally scrapped, or someone knows how to work with digital images, besides myself. (Not betting on it.)
My grades are looking relatively good, considering. I’m looking at a C+ in Cataloging (I PASSED!!!) and A’s or A-‘s in my other two classes.
Also…on Monday or later, I’m hoping to take a trip to the smaller art supply store near me (at least), to pick up some materials for linoleum block printing…which may make working through the grief, worth it. I found my carving tools, and I was mistaken: there are no burrs on my knives. At least, not on the straight ones, or the large oval gouge. This is good! I will be able to see if I need to sharpen them, once I start cutting.
(Some of my spiral patterns, or the mon I designed, would make a good first project.)
One thing I’m unsure of, though, is how to make a method of image registration, so that I’m lining things up on my paper the way I want to — a relative necessity in duochrome (two-color) printing or above. I’m not sure how to do this, yet, though April Vollmer’s Japanese Woodblock Print Workshop seems to briefly go over how this is/was done in Japanese woodblock printing. I suppose I can see if I can adapt that to linocuts…though Japanese-style printing uses different basic materials than Western-style printing. Still, though: I only have four more days to get through in which I’ll have to deal with this last semester…I can make it.
Two weeks after that, my User Experience class starts up. I took it in part because I wanted to do all the reading (as bizarre as that sounds).
I can also try and do some reading in library books, the two printmaking books I have, or my future textbooks, if I’m at a loss as to what to do.
And ah — right! I wanted to get back on with learning Japanese language! That should be fun!
Lest I forget, as well: I need to back up my files to my Portfolio. And maybe get a cloud storage account, or something. I have what I can download, downloaded, and backed up; I need to work online for this other part, though — and I will not have a long time to do so.
I’ve been offered more hours, but really I’m not sure I want to take them — especially because I’m uncertain as to how much of a time commitment UX will be…and it’s rare to get two weeks off with minimal work.
Anyhow, I should likely get going.
I also want to get bocha, but I am not certain where that desire is coming from…I already have another kukicha; two others, in fact. It’s just that drinking a twig infusion sounds rather earthy, I guess…
Maybe I can make a trip to the tea store in my two weeks off of school…