November 16, 2004
One of the many things I'd rather do than write a paper
Does anyone else prefer consulting over actually doing anything to their own papers? It's so much more low maintenance.
Mentally, I'm shot at the moment. If anyone mentions a thesis or a topic sentence to me, I swear I'll scream. Frontier is bloody intense on Monday nights. I've been booked solid every week after the first week. I love it, but I do get way more sarcastic and cynical than usual when I'm done. Yeah- more than usual. You can imagine the fun my roommates have.
Kirsten, what's the policy on hitting on your tutees? Just curious. Sarah White says only after you've talked about everything you need to talk about for the paper, which I think is a good policy. But how do you start? Something like "man... nice thesis. Not too short, not too long. Wonderful... Oh baby, and nice transition. Yeah, it's always hot in here, isn't it?"
Some thoughts probably shouldn't go in the blog, but I don't bloody care right now.
Going with the Canadian theme and in the immortal words of Red Green: Keep your stick on the ice. See you tomorrow.
Posted by wold0090 at November 16, 2004 12:33 AM
I prefer consulting to nearly any other kind of work that I do. Writing, for me, is an intensely painful process and I don't think I'm very good at it. Working on computers (which is actually how I spend about 70% of my work day) is an exercise in distraction resistance at which I continually fail. Consulting, on the other hand, is reading things, being interested and talking to people. It's really well suited to my twin addictions to distraction and argument.
Regarding coming on to clients: some thoughts definitely don't belong on this particular blog, and they're all of them mine.
Posted by: JIM at November 16, 2004 2:57 PM
All I'm going to say about hitting on clients is that it happens (and vice versa too). I won't tell you which has happened to me.
Posted by: Kirsten at November 16, 2004 3:47 PM
Kirsten, I could probably take a wild guess as to which happened to you. But I'll let it go.
Even in the weird kind of funk I've been in for the past few days, I wouldn't hit on someone who came in for help. Fun, but other things (like their paper, maybe?) should probably be a bit higher on the list.
This whole subject has a whole Mrs. Robinson kind of feel to it. My next entry will have some actual writing center substance to it. Possibly.
And here’s to you, Mrs. Robinson
Jesus loves you more than you will know
(Wo wo wo)
God bless you, please Mrs. Robinson
Heaven holds a place for those who pray
(Hey hey hey – hey hey hey)
Posted by: Kari at November 16, 2004 11:20 PM
Pfft. Whoever wrote that 'Mrs. Robinson' song probably has a really stupid name, perhaps rhyming with "Climbin' and Tarfunkel." Man, what a pair of dumb names.
Posted by: Dan at November 17, 2004 4:11 PM
I actually prefer writing to consulting except when it is writing for 3751. Consulting is hard work. I have to engage in a conversation with a student who is often frusturated about a topic with which I am usually unfamiliar. Now don't get me wrong, I enjoy consulting very much, but it is work. Writing a paper for me - unless it is for our class - is a relatively painless process. Everything is there. I have my ideas, I have the format (APA is quite restrictive for the journals we look to publish in), I have the computer, so I just write. As far as writing for our class goes. I don't have the ideas (because they have been questioned to the point of me not having a clue what they are anymore), I don't have the format, I don't have clear grading criteria, so I have to work.
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