Tues. Aug. 28: First Day of Sustainability Course at Coursera

Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Waxing Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Rainy and muggy

I worked all day yesterday, but don’t feel like I got much accomplished. I was tired, so it took the neurons longer to fire to get anything done. I managed to mow the front — the leaves are already falling. Got the party gown to the dry cleaners, made a trip to the library, worked with students, interviewed a source for an article (what could have been a 20 minute call took THREE because we were both prepared). Worked on the article for the NMLC and didn’t like any of the versions I came up with, so I have to figure it out this morning.

Started my class at Coursera, Introduction to Sustainability, taught by Dr. Jonathan Tomkin. There are 26,000 people signed up for the course. Yup. Twenty-six THOUSAND. Kind of cuts into the one-on-one time, y’know? 😉 Anyway, I read through the orientation material and spent some time on the forum with the other students, which is a required part of the class. It’s a little overwhelming, but I think I can hack the academic aspect of it. I plan to do most of the reading today, to give me time to take notes, write this week’s paper, interact some more, and take both quizzes.

Authors’ meeting, via Webinar, with one of my publishers last night was a bit frustrating. First of all, I resented that it started at 9 PM my time — that’s inappropriate, to expect me to attend a business meeting that late. Second — I didn’t find the information relevant to my relationship with the company. And now they’re talking about setting up another such meeting. Unless it’s during the reasonable course of my work day, no.

Talked to my editor — we’re getting ready to dive into OLD-FASHIONED DETECTIVE work, which puts the squeeze on CRAVE THE HUNT, but I have to find a way to juggle. Also, have to get at least 20 pages of a 40 page project drafted today, and have to take back the carload of stuff to NMLC.

I made Certificates of Completion for my year-long students. I thought that would be something fun to have as a remembrance from the course. Hopefully, I set it up properly, and they can download them!

Back to work.