I just sent off what I hope is the final draft of an essay for publication. It's been a long process, and I hope it's done.
Revision is my greatest weakness as a writer. It really is.
One of the difficulties was that the editors didn't get back to me with revision suggestions until after the semester had begun, and needed it by, well, last Saturday (I emailed and got an extension until Wednesday, and sent it today, so not too bad). But this semester I've been swamped with stuff, especially since I'm teaching two lit courses that are pretty much totally new, and my comp course is somewhat new.
I think folks who teach 2 or 3 lit courses a semester don't see the work of teaching comp the way someone who teaches comp does. And just as I, teaching 11 credit hours a semester don't quite see the work of someone who teaches 15 credit hours. And so on.
1. I need to be less willing to teach new preps, and instead teach the same basic prep again, as most of my colleagues do.
2. I need to use my time better.
3. I need to use my time better in oh so many ways.
I'm now way behind. I have a book to finish rereading (I've never taught it before), a play to finish rereading (again, one I've never taught before), a stack of midterms to grade, a stack of lit papers to grade, and a stack of comp papers to grade. And I'm supposed to turn in midterm grade reports for all my first year students (50+) by Friday.
On the other hand, a couple I'm friends and their child are having the official adoption court date soon, and I'm thrilled for them all. It's such wonderful news!