Ever since I started getting into writing poetry and fiction again in April, I have been looking for avenues to improve my writing. Unlike fellow blogger Jeff Cann, I’m not brave enough to face a group of “real writers” in a work shop or conference yet, so I’ve turned to the internet in search of learning opportunities. After looking into a couple of different forums, I’ve settled on EdX. It’s a website that offers Mass Open Online Courses (MOOCs) from Ivy League and other renowned universities. The courses offered cover everything from essay writing to neuroscience, and you can audit many of them for free.
I started off with the intention of enrolling in a couple of writing courses, but quickly escalated into joining seven courses covering English for Journalism, Humanity Through Literature, Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, Introduction to Social Psychology, Introduction to Philosophy: God, Knowledge, and Consciousness, How to Write an Essay, and Poetry in America: Modernism. I was like a kid in a knowledge candy store.
I guess I’m taking more of a Tyrion Lannister approach to learning. Read and learn as much as possible, and it will keep your mind sharp and provide you with an arsenal of knowledge to use later. If you’re supposed to write what you know, best to know as much as possible. Although I’ll probably favor green tea over Tyrion’s drink of choice, red wine. Otherwise I’m not sure how much of this new knowledge I’ll retain!
Strange Happenings This Week:
Sunday, July 22nd- Hammock Day is the perfect laid back summer holiday to celebrate by kicking back and relaxing.
Thursday, July 19- First Quarter Moon occurs at 3:52 p.m. EDT. By the time the Sun sets this evening for North American observers, the Moon appears in the south-southwest. Look for 1st-magnitude Spica to the Moon’s lower right and brilliant Jupiter to its left, the trio will make for some lovely star gazing.
Thursday, July 19- Trial & Error: Lady, Killer returns to NBC for its second season. A hilarious documentary style spoof of true crime TV shows, I can’t wait to see if season 2 packs in as many laughs as season 1. All of the actors are great, but Sherri Shepard steals the show as a legal assistant afflicted with an increasingly strange lists of syndromes.
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