Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Feeling the pressure

So much to do... I thought I would get a lot done today. I had to go to school for the first two classes and then I got to leave to come to a planning meeting for UIL. I got back to town around 11:15 and had a quick lunch and then went to the local library to get a library card so that I could check out some of the books I need to read. From there I went to the meeting but was early so I sat and read for a while. We then had the meeting and even though it was over in an hour I stayed another hour talking to people. After that I had to run to Amarillo to drop off some yearbook photo orders and then came back home. I read one of my books for about another hour and then made supper. I headed up to the university library around 5:30 so I could get a parking spot. I was there until about 9:15. I got one journal written and read two more chapters in my text book. (3 to go before I have to take a test this weekend.) I tried working on another journal and got the basic points down but I couldn't remember some of the characters in the books I read so I had to wait until I could fill the names in. Then I had to decide between two more journals as to which one I would answer. I tried the one regarding picture books but I guess I have either no imagination or the inability to see extraordinary things in children's book illustrations. I think the pictures are great, but I'm supposed to go into detail how the colors, line, shapes, style, details etc. add to the characterization, setting, or theme of the books. I can't put "The bright colors indicate the happy mood." on every entry. So then I thought I would write the other journal regarding Disney's version of classics opposed to the originals but I couldn't find some of the text referring to it in the book nor could I access the journal I needed to read. So I wavered back and forth tonight and felt like I didn't accomplish much. So now I still have two full journals to get down and I still have to hunt down some more books as examples for another journal that isn't completely finished. Not to mention I have to read three more chapters before taking a quiz. (Thankfully the due date was moved from tomorrow until Sunday) AND I still have work for the other class that has been put on hold for the moment. Aaaaaarrrrrrggggggghhhhhhh!
Other than that... everything is fine. I didn't get to talk to Marty except for about 5 minutes and that's because he was up late after I got back from the library. Tomorrow is hero day at school and I'm going to be decked out in Marvin regalia. Gotta go to bed now.


Anonymous said...

Unsolicited advice: you might try Antoinette Portis' children's books Not a Stick and Not a Box for interesting illustrations. The real images from the stories are in one color and the imaginary ones are in another. Also, the newest version of Puff The Magic Dragon's illustrations add new ideas to the story that are not in the song or the original book. I also like Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems for interesting illustrations, and everything illustrated by Charles Fuge is very good and lifelike. The Jamie Lee Curtis books have a lot going on in the pictures, so those may provide a lot of material to work with too. There is a huge variety of illustrations within the children's book genre now.

Annabel said...

I appreciate your advice and the books you mention sound interesting, but unfortunately, I am limited to the books on a specific list for the course. For the journal, I had to choose five from a list of about 8 specific books. I ultimately decided to not write on that topic, but wrote on the classic vs. Disney topic instead.
But thanks for commenting! I appreciate the fact that you're reading!

Leann said...

Dang woman!!