Summer of Chuck

Classes start Wednesday here at Fayetteville State, so I’ve spent most of the day finalizing syllabi and getting all of my ducks in a row for fall semester.  I’m also wondering, as usual, about how the rhythms of the new semester will change my blogging habits, if at all.  Like Horace, I’ve found myself blogging less frequently this summer, in part because of the time I’ve been able to devote to larger projects, especially my book project.  I’ve been able to do a lot of writing on the book this summer, which is a good feeling, especially since I’d let the project drift for a while.

But even if I have been making less frequent ventures out into the blogosphere, my summer has been a productive one, in part because it’s the first summer in which I haven’t moved since 2004.  In addition to book stuff, I’ve also managed to put the finishing touches on a co-written article (more on that later, hopefully), to revise and send out an article I’d shelved for a year or so, and to write two columns for Flow, one on anti-war street theater and another on Netflix’s streaming video service, Watch Now.  I should have another short article on Jem Cohen’s Chain and Chris Marker’s Sans Soleil in Art Signal, which was a great way to indulge my documentary jones.  I also reviewed a new edition of a prominent film textbook and served as an external reviewer for a program proposal.

In other non-professional good news, I’ve also lost 19 pounds this summer (actually since July 15).  I’d like to lose about twenty more pounds, which would bring me relatively close to my weight in high school.  My one concern is that when a new semester starts, I often find myself neglecting exercise, but I’m hoping that a little accountability will help keep me on track.

I realize that I’m phrasing this post in such a way that it sounds like blogging and book writing aren’t compatible, but I really don’t think that’s the case.  Many of the ideas for the book and many of the subjects addressed in the book have started out as blog entries.  I’ve consciously avoided using language from the blog, but in a very unsystematic way (I’m well aware that my category system Makes No Sense), the blog has been a useful tool in bookmarking articles, websites, and concepts that I wanted to address and, in fact, in helping me to rethink the conceptual framework of the book.

At any rate, I’m starting to accept my status as an infrequent blogger and starting to think about how I can use the blog more productively.  More on that in an upcoming post.

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