Howdy. It’s plain to anyone who pays even the slightest attention to this site that my reviews, updates, etc have been woefully deficient over the past month or so. My original vision for Mark My Type while school is in session involved tri-weekly posts. When I launched the site over the summer, I was posting daily. It has become clear that three weekly postings is too ambitious. This semester is shaping up to be one of the busiestperiods of my life, and I’m shaking with excitement at how awesome it is going to be. Seriously, I’m blessed. Here’s a quick look at what’s on the slate for the Fall:
16 credit hours (all of which are reading intensive): Science Fiction: Past and Present (the coolest class ever, has me reading ten novels and an anthology), The 20th Century American Novel (has me reading eight-nine novels), Communications and Popular Culture (has me reading twenty-thirty page articles per class period), Introduction to Philosophy (tacks on another eight-ten novels) and State and Local Government (which should be an easy class, but not according to Dr. Warren Dixon, could be the biggest work load of any of my classes) and Ultimate Frisbee (yeah, not worried about this one). All in all I’m looking at a conservative estimate of twenty-seven novels, two textbooks, and a slew of articles reading. Sweet.
BYX: I’m an active member of Beta Upsilon Chi, otherwise known as Brothers Under Christ or BYX, a Christian fraternity. It’s a committed brotherhood of Christian men chasing after Christ, and it’s a privilege to be a part of. I love my brothers, and I’m hoping to take an increased role in the fraternity this semester, hopefully in the form of a cell group leader, God willing.
TAMU Cycling team: This is speculative, as I haven’t quite worked out how much time I’ll be able to commit to this high performance institution. I’m attending their meeting tomorrow to learn more about the club, but that fire that used to rage inside of me every time I swung a leg over a bike before a race has never quite gone out. I seriously go to sleep at night thinking about the thrill of being a racing cyclist.
The Battalion staff: I’ve applied, and I’m hoping. That’s all I have to say about this. It’s not in my hands, but I wish it was. If the opportunity to contribute to one of the longest standing campus traditions is presented to me, I’ll take it. No hesitation.
The best book: Kimmy and I have begun a Bible reading program, and I’ve set aside thirty minutes or so each day to time in the Word. Unfortunately, this is the time I would generally apply to this site. It’s about priorities, and Jesus is bigger than this site.
Modern Warfare 3: Speaking of priorities. Call of Duty and I have a date at midnight on the 8th of November. I’m taking my talents from Black Ops to MW3. Domination time. In all seriousness, however, I need to release stress somehow, and with my elbows currently on the disabled list, a few minutes of mindless videogames help take my mind away from school, responsibilities, etc. And I like to hear kids rage when I stomp them.
Katy Budget Books newsletter: Designing the monthly bookstore newsletter is currently on the schedule, and that’s going to be a decent investment of my time if I want to do it right. Which I do, mom, I promise.
This site isn’t going away. We had 3,353 visits in July, 4,142 in August. The response has been more than I could have ever hoped for. So, given all of that, here is what you can expect:
Something on Sundays: Every Sunday you’ll get something new. It could be anything, most likely a combination of things. Updates on my 20/20 goals (I’ve been working on these, I promise), random thoughts, funny moments, etc.
Book and movie reviews, whenever I finish a book or watch a movie: This means you’re going to see reviews of quite a few older texts. I just finished Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises. Yeah, I said it. You’re getting some Hemingway. Deal with it. I’ll try to make these reviews as interesting as possible and tie them into more contemporary matters, but I’m unlikely to find time to read anything else, so take it or leave it. I’m way behind on movies in theaters, a situation I hope to rectify.
I really appreciate your patience. I can’t actually hear you while I’m writing this, so I’ll take your silence as patience. I get to do that. Stay tuned, ladies and gentlemen. Keep all hands and limbs inside while the vehicle is in motion. It’s going to be a great semester.