Even though it’s Summer 2008 that doesn’t mean that I’m taking an extended vacation! This summer is jam-packed with writing, conferencing, and class.
- Course work: Teaching College Writing with Professor Brian Huot. I’m taking a class in preparation of teaching the introductory college writing course in the Fall at Kent State University. I received an appointment beginning in the Fall that pays for my classes and gives me a stipend in exchange of carrying a 2-1 teaching load. This Fall will be my first college teaching experience, and I’m feeling a mixed bag of excitement and trepidation. However, the excitement is taking over as this course progresses and I learn more pedagogical theory and nuts-and-bolts teaching practices.
- Writing: I’m preparing my much traveled conference paper, “Michael Bay’s Transformers, the Global War on Terror, and the New Post-9/11 SF Narrative” for publication. I promised this to Sherryl Vint, co-editor of Science Fiction Film and Television, at IAFA 2008 in March. My plan is to send this off in the next two weeks.
- Writing and Conferencing: I’m turning my paper, “We are All Nomads: Computers, Orientalism, and Nomadology in Mike Resnick’s Ivory” into a conference length work. I’m presenting this at SFRA 2008 in July (on my birthday). This will require a lot of elbow grease, but I’m confident that it’ll come together before I begin the long drive out West (yes, I want to go on a road trip after I finish my Teaching College Writing course over Summer I).
- Writing and Conferencing: Andrew Pilsch emailed me on Facebook awhile back about doing another panel at SLSA 2008 in the Fall. Last year, Chris Van Acker, Andrew, and I were on a panel together, and it was a blast. Andrew has some kickass ideas for a new panel, and an even more knock-dead paper idea. I just sent him a draft for our panel proposal along with an abstract of my publishable-length paper, “Transsexual Technology: The Political Potential of Gender Shifting Technologies.” That’s another paper that needs a significant reduction, but I’m looking forward to getting some comments and questions on it.
My CRS kicked in and I forgot to mention this:
5. Reviewing: I’m looking forward to reviewing Sonja Fritzsche’s Science Fiction Literature in East Germany for German Quarterly!