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The (Cyber) Bag of Weasels

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"About as much fun as a bag of weasels"...when I first saw this Irish adage, it made me think of the life of a writer: sometimes perilous, sometimes painful, certainly interesting. My paper journal has always been called "The Bag of Weasels." This is the Bag of Weasels' online home.

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This morning, I had a course survey for History of Pop Culture in my inbox, so I suspected that meant my grade had been entered. Cue nibbling of nails! I didn't want to check my grade while at school because, if it wasn't what I wanted to see, then I would be crabby all day and not in the right frame of mind to interact productively with my students. So I waited till I got home and ...

I got a 96.67% on my final paper! \0/ \0/ \0/

That makes my final grade a pretty dang respectable 97.3%.

Yes, yes, I know some of you are wondering why I was even nervous. I know I'm smart. I know I'm a good writer and a conscientious (to say the least!) student. (It has taken almost three decades to be comfortable in saying that.) But this paper was really a challenge for me. I'm not a historian. I haven't been this frustrated by an assignment in a long time. It's not the kind of thinking or writing I'm used to doing or even that I particularly like doing. Some of the books I read for the paper were wonderful, but others were fall-asleep-at-my-desk-boring treatises on the economics of agriculture, localism, et cetera. Most were in between. The topic is one that I love--sustainable ag--but the approach was one that I don't. I'm not a city girl, either, for a reason. I had to wrench the paper back time and again to an urban studies focus. It wasn't fun, which is rare for me to say of a writing assignment. I wish I could say that it was.

But I did it and, apparently, did it well. The professor said it was one of the best he'd read. Not bad for a non-city-girl and non-historian! I'm very happy.

This post was originally posted on Dreamwidth and, using my Felagundish Elf magic, crossposted to LiveJournal. You can comment here or there!

  • Congratulations! Well done!

  • Congrats! I am so happy for you. I know exactly how you feel, when you find yourself in the situation of pumping out something that just doesn't float your boat.
    • I usually muster enthusiasm for a topic just by writing about it. I think the joy of writing can make me like just about anything! :) The combination of feeling like the historiographical approach made rather dry an interesting topic to me, plus the anxiety of wondering if I was doing it right made this paper a very notable exception!

      Ah well. I guess it's good to go through that periodically. :) Thanks for the well wishes!
  • Congratulations!
  • Congrats on the great grade!

    And it is your conscientiousness as a writer that enables you to tackle subjects you aren't fond of-- it makes you work twice as hard to make up for your lack of interest!

    I am not in the least surprised you did well.
    • Thank you! :)

      And, oh, I did work hard! It was an uphill slog if ever there was one. Other papers seem to write themselves; like stories, I'll even compose parts of them mentally, and I'll spend a lot of time thinking about how to link various bits of information together and present them coherently. The lack of interest in this one meant that didn't happen. But I think there was an important lesson in it, which was soldiering through and approaching the writing process almost clinically rather than with the passion and intuition that often guide writing (even serious non-fiction!) about topics I want to write about.
  • Your grade did not surprise me at all, but even if I was not surprised, you still worked hard for it and deserve every accolade you get. So...


    - Erulisse (one L)
    • Thank you! :) In my rational mind, I am not surprised either, but since I had no idea what to expect, the uncertainty scared the heck out of me! I actually had butterflies in my stomach while checking my grade. Eeeeep. Haven't been nervous like that about school/writing in a long time! :D
  • Brava! Congratulations! That's always a good feeling.
  • Congrats! Gotta love the "Phew, it's an A" feeling on tough papers. :D
  • Congratulations! That's terrific!
  • Yayyyyy! This is awesome! *jumpy* Congratulations! :)))
  • Congratulations! Not that I'm surprised, but I know how terrifying it is to wait for a grade... even if it's on a topic you're familiar with and for a professor you know and trust, and even more so when neither of that is the case! \o/
  • Congratulations!
  • Congrats! It feels really good when hard work pays off.
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