||[Aug. 25th, 2009|01:11 pm]
Damn, it's been a while.
Lessee... spent all summer in the McNair Scholars program, which entails working on a research project that will get published, as well as attending classes that prepares us for taking the GRE. A little boring at times, but they paid us for it, so why the hell not. Also took an independant study class that knocks out a theatre practicum credit for for me. This means I'll only have to double up on a practicum this fall, instead of both semesters this year. If it all goes well, I'll be graduating at the end of spring. Then, if my plans work out, the MFA in playwrighting at The Michener Center for Writers at UT.
The Boy and I both started school this Monday, as well as The Girl. The words "school was fun" actually came out of Ian's mouth, which surprised and pleased me to no end. I was already glad that he expressed the desire to attend this magnet school a year ago, and now I'm really pleased that it seems to suit him. High school is never an easy gig for most kids (and it was hellish for me), so this is a very good start.
I like my classes so far, but I have yet to attend the French class later this afternoon. After the noble but failed attempt at Arabic a year ago, I decided to cut my losses and take something more accessible. There's also the lighting design class on Friday, but I like the instructor, so that should be fine. The only issue with that is I have no skill at all in figuring out what works as far as stage lighting goes. The best tech I can do is sound design, and I'm REALLY good at that.
I'd been at kind of a loss for good shows to watch ever since BSG ended, but I finally came across a program that filled the need pretty nicely - it exceeded my expectations, to be honest. The BBC has a Doctor Who spin-off called Torchwood, and it has blown my mind, and is emotionally wrenching without being manipulative. I was in tears at the end of season two, and I don't cry for any-fucking-thing. The funny thing is, the first four episodes were kind of "meh." Then it seemed like they got a better director, a group of better writers, and gave the cast acting lessons. It is a phenomenal show. Oh, and if you've ever wanted to see James Marston (Spike of Buffy fame) make out with another man, then this is the show for you.