Tuesday, February 17, 2015

A Good Mistake

I've been working pretty well on my SAA paper for a couple of months, but really, the hard writing part has been in the past few days, because of the deadline, today.

I finished a draft this evening.  It's an okay draft, but not a great draft.  Given the craziness around here demanding a lot of energy, it is what it is.

And so I pulled up the email program, and did a search on it to get the email for the seminar leader, finding it in the last email, the one with the deadline.

And, the deadline isn't today.  NO!  And for once, I'm not late because I got it wrong!  Rather, I thought it was today, and it's not until nearly the end of February!

I'm sort of in shock now.  I have a draft, and now I have time to go to the writing center to get some feedback, and then it won't be an okay draft, but a pretty good draft (I hope!).

I can't even begin to say how good it will feel to get up in the morning with a draft in hand and time to revise!


  1. Yay! And a question: Your writing center offers assistance to faculty as well? Interesting -- are you working with student tutors? With Comp professors?

  2. Yes, our writing center invites the whole campus community to come for help, and they're quite good. I usually ask the director to work with me because he's the best peer editor I've ever worked with. EVER! (And by whole community, I mean everyone: administrators, staff working on a report or whatever, faculty, students, everyone. And they're managing to get us to go, too. The director has worked really specifically with a couple different departments on their grant stuff. It's really great.

  3. That is fabulous -- just what a writing center should be!

  4. And better! They do "writing retreats" for faculty a couple of times a year, when they get snacks, and basically you go in all morning, say 9-12, and maybe also 1-4, and just write, and have lunch together, and everyone is welcome. Our director is superb!