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Todayisthelullbeforethefinalgradingstorm。

Itaughtmylastclassofthesemestertoday。

Afewstudentswerewithmeforbothsemestersoftheirfreshmanyear,anditwasalittlemorebittersweettosaygoodbyetothemthensomeoftheothers。

IhopeIreachedthebrightprocrastinatorwhenIencouragedhimtofigureoutamethodtobreakoutoftheviciouscyclehesbeeninallsemester。

Typical,really。

Smartkid,neverhadtoworkhard,alwaysmanagedtodowellenoughtosatisfyhimself,histeachers,hisparents。

College,though?

Notsoeasy。

ImprettycertainIdidnotreachtheplagiarist,withwhomIhadtomeet(perhisrequest)withthedepartmentchair。

Heseemedconfusedbythefactthatheaskedforthemeeting,andsohewasresponsibleforsayingwhathewantedtogetfromit。

IthinkhewantedtoapologizeinhopesIwouldntfailhim,butinthiscase,apologiesdontmatter。

Ourconversationmadeitclearthathebelieveshisonlymistakewasinnotputtingquotationmarksaroundthetwopageslifteddirectlyfromwebsites,ormaybeinnotputtingaparentheticalattheend。

Imhappytofilethiscaseaway。

Overall,though,itwasadelightfulsemester。

Ienjoyedmythemedclass,andmanyofthestudentsintheclassreportedthattheyfeltthesameway。

Itjustgoestoshowthatoneofthekeystogoodwritingisthatthewriterisinterestedinthesubject。

Iknowthatcantalwaysbethecase,butIencouragemyyoungwriterstofigureoutwhatintereststhemandseehowtheycanweaveitintoanysubject。

Irememberwritingapaperaboutthegeometryofquiltingformymathclassincollege。

OneofthefewmathassignmentsIenjoyed!

So,hereIam,anothersemesterundermybelt。

Nineyearsofteachingalready。

ItshardtobelieveIvebeenatitthatlong。

Illbebusygradingthisweek,maybeevenovertheweekend,butafterthat,Ibecomemyownbossforthesummer。

Whatsinstore?

ImeagertogetbacktomynovelandhavesignedupforawritingconferenceinAugusttoprovideadeadlineforthisdraft。

ImalsojoiningDaveinseeingjusthowmuchofmyfiberstashIcanspinthissummer,andIplantogetcomfortablewiththebigolloomthattakesupabouthalfmyoffice。

Theresanotherproject,too,butImnotquitereadytotalkaboutitpublicly。

Ihaventbeensoexcitedaboutsomethinginages,andImeasilyexcitable!

AssoonasIcan,though,Illletyouknowfirst!