Fall 2013 is in the books, with grades all submitted. It was a good one, with a lot of great students, few headaches, and more ideas that worked than didn’t.
This next semester, I’ll be on sabbatical, working on a fairly massive project. I’ll be creating a set of learning and assessment tools for our four survey classes (US History to 1877/1877 to the Present; World History to 1500/1500 to the present) and setting up an online home for them. If you’re interested (and I can’t imagine you would be, but still) here is the application document that I submitted almost a year ago.
Talking to people, they seem to think that the hard part will be the website bit. Actually, I’m pretty convinced that coming up with the actual materials is going to be the hard part! I’m also not entirely sure that not being in the classroom is going to be that great–I’ll probably be missing it by the end of January. I’ve also transitioned out of my part time professional development gig to dedicate as much time as possible to the sabbatical project, so that will be a change as well.
Additionally, I’ve got the next book project going, having signed a contract with Rowman & Littlefield to deliver a book for their series on science fiction television. My volume will examine 1990s paranormal and conspiracy theory-themed television series as well as the ways in which these things appeared in other shows and–in general–seemed to permeate the SFTV world at the time. Surprisingly, there are a lot of shows out there that have not been examined to any great degree. This all extended far beyond The X-Files.
In any case, I negotiated a year to finish and deliver the book, due to the sabbatical project being priority one. There are some other small things cooking as well and the random project name generator has been getting a workout for both announced and un-announced things. Thus, I’ll be working on and referring to BLACK SCREWDRIVER (the book project), ENDLESS WEATHER (the sabbatical project), SLEDGEHAMMER GOLDEN (secret), EIGHTH WRENCH (secret), and SIENNA SMOKE (secret).
Have a good Christmas, Yule, Solstice, etc. Signing off until 2014, except for random photos and automagically generated stuff…