Sunday, January 26, 2014
Education Gets in the Way of More Important Things
Well, here we are again. School is starting to creep up on me. Please, it's overtaken me.
Last semester was perhaps, no, it WAS the most traumatic one in my lifetime. There were times when I cried and when I thought I was having a heart attack, panic attack, stroke...you know, the average results from the Organization of Information course I survived (and passed, with a 79.5. That was my actual grade, and it still burns me up to think he couldn't have put 80, but 79.5).
I'll reserve my views on said class and professor for another time, but because of school I will have to curtail my online activities. Like always this does not mean I will be quitting my reviews. Far from it. I'm sure there will always be a time to squeeze them in. However, school has to come first.
My plan is simple. I hope to write reviews, more than likely on Sundays, then schedule them for publication during the week. That may mean only two to three per week, depending on how fast I write.
However, I like to look at this in a positive light. It might make me focus less on the most recent releases and more on the retrospectives I keep pushing aside (Best Picture, X-Men, The Essentials). Also, it might help remove the backlog of DVR films/programs I have by having me watch them instead of what came out that week. I will, hopefully, be able to write about a 2014 film, but between now and May there won't be many.
There is one real positive in all this. It allows me to talk up a new series that I'm looking forward to which may end up being the only thing I work on if school becomes too heavy. It is my reviews of the Academy Awards for every year from 1928 to 2014.
It's a new series I call Tuesdays With Oscar.
As the name implies, every Tuesday after this year's Academy Awards I will post my views on a particular year's Oscar nominees and winners, concluding with what would have been MY choices if I had had the power to make the selections based on the nominees. I probably will also throw in a "Shadow Winner", a film or person whom I think should have at least been nominated, but I can't make them the actual winner. Those I will draw only from the actual nominees.
Tuesdays With Oscar should start, God willing, March 11, the second Tuesday after this year's Oscars. I figure I will be writing about the winners that week, so the following week I hope to have my intro to Tuesdays With Oscar, then proceed from 1928 on downward.
With any luck, Spring 2014 will not be as burdensome or traumatic as Fall 2013. Only three more semesters to go...