I haven’t posted an update in a while. I apologize for my recent activity and endeavor to go back to a more regular posting schedule. Though I have posted some reviews and an interview with an author that I highly admire, there have been some events that I felt it necessary to avoid posting about earlier as I was trying to deal with their impact. First of all, a friend of mine passed on in early August. Though I had seen posts about a tumor being removed from his neck months ago on Facebook, his passing came as quite a shock and I felt ashamed due to having lost contact for a while. Some celebrities passed on, being followed by some really horrible comments by folks lacking compassion or understanding for the circumstance, such as those directed at Robin Williams’ daughter Zelda. Then an author that I have exchanged a handful of conversations with via social networking passed on suddenly due to Cancer a week and a half ago. I don’t really have any inspiring words to say about death. It is sad and inevitable. We miss our loved ones and often create illusions in order to comfort ourselves as well as others. Make the most of this life and make sure that folks know that you care about them while you still have the chance.
I haven’t had nearly as much time playing WildStar as I’d like, but hubby recently brought over a workmate that plays Magic: The Gathering. As such, we’ve started playing m:tg again. Its been fun trying out new deck combinations, but I have a long way to go before I have a few competitive decks to play with. It is still enjoyable learning some of the abilities of cards that I am unfamiliar with and experimenting.
I have posted some of the MOOCs that I have finished over the past month and will be posting several more reviews that are in the backlog. Unfortunately, I missed the deadline for the last quiz and assessment for Crafting an Effective Writer course leading to a fail. As such, I have signed up for the next intake which starts in another week. I’ve also started posting some quick reviews (longer ones are posted here on my blog) on CourseTalk (my profile).
I am currently studying the following courses:
Think Again: How to Reason and Argueby Duke University at Coursera (2/12 weeks) *** I ended up dropping this course, with the plan of studying it in a later intake.
- History of Rock, Part 2 by The University of Rochester at Coursera (1/6 weeks) ****
- Foundations of Teaching for Learning 1: Introduction by Commonwealth Education Trust at Coursera (1/4 weeks) ***
- Diabetes – a Global Challenge by University of Copenhagen at Coursera (1/5 weeks) ****
- Vjx Visualizing Japan by Harvard at EdX (1/6 weeks) *****
- ChinaX Part 7 by Harvard at EdX (1/4 weeks) *****
I will be starting the following courses in the next week:
Patient Engagement Design by Stanford Online(September 8) Though interesting, the material isn’t necessarily relevant to my current requirements, and will take away from other studies due to time limitations. Poetry of America: The Poetry of new England by Harvard at EdX(September 10) Will study this in a future intake.
- Crafting An Effective Writer: Tools of the Trade (Fundamental English Writing by MSJC at Coursera (September 12)
Sustainability in Practice by University of Pennsylvania at Coursera(September 15) Due to other commitments, I’ve decided to take this course in a future intake as it looks to have some value.
- Chinese for Beginners by Peking University at Coursera (September 15)
- Psychology and Mental Health by University of Liverpool at FutureLearn (September 8)
It may seem like a bit, but I get bored and often only learn the quality of a MOOC after the course goes live. I am willing to drop some of the courses if there is an issue with quality/content or there are other problems (e.g. schedule conflict). I don’t feel obligated to learn new things, but I can’t help but feel excited about some of the material that I’ve learned of late. This is pure gold for my writer self. Some things we learn in order to improve our employment options, whilst other things are studied to enrich our lives and help us become better informed citizens.
I haven’t done much in the way of writing, but I have done some fleshing out of characters and plotting of Winged Dawn using paper. Though I hate having lots of scraps of paper lying around, it appears that digital doesn’t help with the consistency at which I work on projects. I suppose that I’ll be going old-school for a while. #stationarywars