Monday, April 26, 2010

Wow, It's Been A While

I see it's been since April 18 that I last posted, and the same length of time since I've done much blog visiting. My Google Reader has 365 posts for me to look at. I fear I won't get many done.

I graded 25 papers in that time, 26 essays, and 26 tests, as well as figuring out extra points and various other grading related efforts. I'm not done. I give a final exam today, one tomorrow, and one Thursday. So though I'm going to post today I still won't get a chance to visit many blogs.

The main thing I need to do is to announce the winner of the drawing for a free Gramlich book. These were individuals who had reviewed or commented or supported "Chimes" on their blog. And I much appreciate it!

The drawing included.


The winner, by random selection from a hat, was David Cranmer. Congratulations to David, or sympathies, depending on your point of view. I'll drop a note over to David's blog for him to contact me about the book he wants.

Thanks to all.


nephite blood spartan heart said...

April has felt really busy to me too and I don't expect May is gonna change for us either, eh?

Randy Johnson said...

Sounds like a very busy month. Good reason to stay away from blogs.

And congrats to David.

BernardL said...

Since idleness is the Devil's workshop, your soul should be safe. :)

laughingwolf said...

grats, david!

have 'fun' with the exams, etc.

Gary Dobbs/Jack Martin said...

Great you're back - not been the same without you

Bernita said...

No one minds, Charles. You've had a heavy, heavy load in more ways than one.

ArtSparker said...

I bet that's going to feel so good when it stops...It's okay, Charles, don't let Google reader haunt you.

Charles Gramlich said...

David J. West, well it should change for me since I'm not going to teach summer school. After the first week of May I'm going to become full time writer man.

Randy, indeed, on both counts

Bernardl, at least for the moment that is true.

Laughingwolf, Yeah, I will

Archavist, at least temporarily. But after Thursday I'll be much more regular.

Bernita, thanks. Yes, it's been a bit heavy this spring.

jodi said...

Charles, I suspect that soon your schedule will be lightening up. Or do you teach summer school? Either way, when you have your time back, you can read and write with new fire!

Steve Malley said...

Good to have you back, bud! :)

G. B. Miller said...

Welcome back to the land of the adults. :D

I can probably picture what your study area/den looked like while you were grading those final projects.


Michelle's Spell said...

Hey Charles,

I'll be sending you lots of good energies to finish out the semester! Here's to a relaxing, peaceful and fun summer. You and Lana deserve it!

Charles Gramlich said...

jodi, No, I haven't taught summer school in several years. Lana encourages me to take the time and right and it's been very productive. "write with new fire." I like that. :)

Steve Malley, thankee.

G, there were indeed quite a few scattered papers, although in the modern day, I actually graded most of the papers via mSword using the markup program.

Michelle, thanks. the summer should indeed be pretty restful. I'm hoping so.

David Cranmer said...

Much appreciated!

Travis Cody said...

On the bright side, you're nearly finished with finals and soon will enter the write-like-mad portion of your year.

So yay for that.

SzélsőFa said...

oh, i have missed this competition :S
is there a chance to get to see the entries, or at least, the winning one?
congrats to all and to the winner.

Greg said...

sounds like you're keeping busy. good luck!

Charles Gramlich said...

David Cranmer, congrats. Hope you enjoy.

Travis, very much looking forward to that for sure.

SzélsőFa, It was just reviews of my story. I was trying something different for promotion. There are some links back on my blog but I'll try to put up a link to David's review this week.

Greg Schwartz, thanks.

Lauren said...

For what it's worth, you've been far more consistent than I've been :) Good luck with finals and grading all those exams!

the walking man said...

Then comes the days of deck sitting and languishing in the summer heat for you to write. Time after all does move forward.

Congratulations David.

Lisa said...

A draw as in random selection, not make a picture. Silly me.


Charles Gramlich said...

Lauren, that's probably because I'm old and boring.

Mark, I feel the need, for slowing down.

Ocean Girl, it's a strange language for sure.

Harry Markov said...

Glad to have you back. :)

Lana Gramlich said...

Congratulations, David!

Charles; Did you call my husband old & boring?!?

Voidwalker said...

No worries, it's been busy. I certainly know the feeling. My posts have been less thorough, since I just don't have as much time to put into them at the moment with other stuff going on.

Leigh Russell said...

Good to see you back. That's the trouble - life gets in the way, doesn't it? Please don't mention marking books and exams...

Cloudia said...

Ah! Good for David C.

Yes, you've accomplished a LOT of close work and certainly deserve a break like Lana shows over at her luminescent site... sure hope your sweet place will be untouched by the oil.
Aloha from Waikiki

Comfort Spiral

sage said...

welcome back... it's busy here

Charles Gramlich said...

Harry Markov, I'm looking forward to being more regular.

Lana Gramlich, No, I think I would remember that. Unless I'm getting so old I'm starting to be forgetful.

Voidwalker, being busy is a growing business.

Leigh Russell, it's my life at the moment.

Cloudia, yeah, that's kind of worrisome, although it won't get this far. But it'll still do damage.

sage, that seems to be going around.

j said...

Congratulations to David!

May has always been the busiest month for me. With school coming to an end, it always seems like there are more school activities for my kids, and that means more for me too. I always look forward to June and sleeping late :)

Take care Charles!

Mary Witzl said...

You had 365 entries on your google reader and still got around to visiting me? I am so honored -- seriously!

Wish I'd entered your contest. We're up to our necks here yet again and it will be a whole month before I have any kind of free time again. (Still, I'm here, aren't I? That's the important thing!)

Stewart Sternberg (half of L.P. Styles) said...

This is a strange time of year for a teacher. I always get a bit melancholy. Especially when I see students (high school) driving around with their windows and sides of their cars painted. Ah, nostalgia.

As for the grades...It makes me crazy when students wait until the last minute to turn in large projects as opposed to taking advantage of the earlier window afforded them.

One thing I've decided on is a group approach in teaching writing. Experience has it for me that students are rather slow to read or internalize extensive teacher comments on a paper. It seems to work better for me when I have the students set up expectations and from there we analyze the work as a group.

Just thinking out loud.

Charles Gramlich said...

fudgejennifer, Yes, at the end of the school year everyone wants to get in a last meeting, or banquet or awards ceremony, or something. It's busy busy.

Mary Witzl, today I am basically off, although I give a test tomorrow. I'm going to enjoy today.

Stewart Sternberg, We did several group evaluations on material in class, although I find that students are scared to death and very resistant to having their material evaluated that way. I do find it helpful, although not a panacea.

L.A. Mitchell said...

Congrats to the winner. Hang in there, Charles :)

ivan said...


I graded 25 papers in that time, 26 essays, and 26 tests...

I used to get my wife to do that.
...No wonder she divorced me.

In the suit, I think she said, "I got tired of grading his papers." Egad.

Charles Gramlich said...

L.A., thankee.

Ivan, Lana helps with the multiple choice stuff but not with essays or papers, which is the major stuff I was grading this week.

X. Dell said...

Congratulations, all winners.

Good to have you back.

Charles Gramlich said...

X-Dell, thanks.