- Wednesday - Clean house. Revise story and submit to Glimmer Train before reading period closes. In the evening, go to reception for my old high school -- they'll undoubtedly try to hit me up for money, but I'll just eat their food and drink their wine and cheerfully say no. :-)
- Thursday - Goof off. Either playing computer games all day or maybe going into Borders and reading Kushiel's Avatar. In the evening, possibly go to hockey game with Kevin.
- Friday - At 10:00, get written question in e-mail. E-mail Karl back to confirm that I've received it. Start thinking about it. Draft ideas. Choose books and critics to work with (if they give me any choice). Make outline. Possibly write intro.
I *think* I can feel free to talk it over with people on the phone or in person, but I don't somehow feel comfortable posting it here and letting y'all comment. I'm not sure that distinction makes any sense. Maybe it's just that the people I'd likely actually talk to (Kevin, Karen, Jed, maybe David) aren't academics in my area, so they'd mostly be useful just as sounding boards. Whereas some of you are in closely-related enough fields that it might start feeling like collaboration, y'know? Which is not the purpose of an exam. :-) In the end, of course, I'm the one who has to write the darn thing, so perhaps this is slightly moot. It's an open-book exam, after all. But still, there are apparently limits on what kind of help feels appropriate -- and it's pretty minimal help. Mostly moral-support. :-) So I might babble a little in here over the weekend, but probably not so much.
- Saturday - Draft paper.
- Sunday - Draft paper.
- Monday morning - Get up early and revise. E-mail back at 10 a.m. my time.