I shake my fist at you,

Kent State.

Writing papers — as I did for several years, as some of you remember — was one thing. I was still able to keep up with RtB (and teaching and rehearsals), no problem. ButĀ gradingĀ papers…hmmm. Why is that making it so much harder?

I have absolutely no right to complain, mind. I have two jobs, while others have none at all. Sitting here in my comfy chair, whining — not cool, so I won’t do it. I still have to wonder, however: why is it so difficult keeping up now, as opposed to then?

As always, I covet your articulate and compendious thoughts. Yes, I am asking for free counseling. I could ask the Thriller, but he would (conveniently) say, “Nope. Can’t counsel your own family.” Or, he would just rapid-fire off a list of my possible personality disorders and call me diagnosed.


So, what’s up with this anyway? Discuss. I will check in here again at 10, 2 and 4. Just like Dr. Pepper. (And you will really show your age if you get that reference.)

Happy Thurgsday, luvs — almost the weekend!

6 thoughts on “I shake my fist at you,

  1. Rae

    You know what might help? My professor does this and at first, I thought… “ok — this is annoying”, but really it helps. Though, this is “english” and not “music”, but papers are papers. He uses the “annotation” thing in word so my paper remains fairly clean, unless he feels the need to simply strike unnecessary things out, but his comments pinpoint areas that need work, areas that don’t make any sense… all on the side. I had never experienced it before, but it is fairly effective.

    1. Rat Fink Post author

      Word comments, yes! I use them all the time and they are effective indeed, in that they don’t muck up the paper itself, but rather stay on the side. One A+ for Microsoft!

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  2. Suzanne

    Well…..in grading papers you have to decipher what someone else is trying to say then figure out if what they are trying to say is relevant to the subject. If the papers are well-written then it’s a piece of cake. But I am sure there are the one and two who well….just don’t have a clue. Then you have to make comments and decide a grade. Much more complicated than writing your own paper!

    Or like Lori said……. :)

    1. Rat Fink Post author

      True. And I have quite a few good writers in the class, and obviously, some who struggle more. I think you do have a point about deciphering other people’s thoughts. I need to manage my time better, though, that’s for sure!


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