Eminent… Does anyone else feel like every time someone says that there should be a “duh duh duhhhh” after it? Anyways, despite the idea of this giant eminent project looming above me, I have to admit, so far it hasn’t been as bad as I expected. I guess people really aren’t lying when they say if you break it into chunks it will be okay. Don’t get me wrong, there have been some struggles and I don’t think I am in the bulk of it yet, but I have gotten a chunk done.
So lets go with the roadblocks first. Bad news before good news, right? I have had quite a few blocks along the way, but I have been
able to get past them fairly well. One was right at the beginning while I was writing my introductory post. I was following the criteria for this blog post instead of the introductory one while writing half of the post before realizing that it was the wrong sheet. That one wasn’t too hard to fix though because they are somewhat similar, and I just had to do some minor tweaking. The next
roadblock I had was around finding an interview. I couldn’t think about anyone I knew of that was both a feminist and a writer and would actually spend the time to talk to me. I pondered it for quite a long time, but I eventually thought of an answer. I could interview two people, one of which is a writer, and one a feminist. During my research I also couldn’t find anyone who bell hooks had influenced (although there were a lot of people who influenced her), but I hope to learn more about that through my feminist interview. Another roadblock that isn’t solved yet is my learning center. I have an idea for something on the side that I could add, but other than that, I really have no clue for what I should put in my learning center.
Next, onto a happier note; the things that have gone well so far. One, which was actually really surprising to me, is that I haven’t been procrastinating all that much yet! I mean, I’m not saying that I
haven’t at all, but it is significantly better than some other projects I have done last minute. I have completed an introductory post, answered pretty much all of the main questions we have to know about our eminent person (its called the index in the booklet we got), have two interviews lined up, finished the introduction to my speech and have ideas for the rest, and I am currently part way through my Document of Learning, as you can see while reading this. I was quite worried about writing such a long speech, and I didn’t know what perspective to do it from, but taking a grade 10’s advice, I just started my speech, knowing that I could change the perspective later on if I wanted to. I started from the perspective of a pen, and I found that it wasn’t quite a bit easier than I thought, although it will definitely need editing and tweaking. I have learned a lot on bell hooks, and one of the most interesting facts I learned is that her family actually didn’t stand for feminism at all, and that’s what pushed her to start writing and speaking out, when usually it is the opposite.
I think that there have been a lot of ups and downs in this project, but it is going semi-well so far, and I think I am about where I should
be in terms of what I have completed so far. There are still a lot of things that I haven’t worked out yet, but then again we do still have two weeks left. I plan to continue chipping away bit by bit, and hopefully I won’t be frantically typing away at 3:00am the night before presentations and regretting my trip to the dark playground with the instant gratification monkey that afternoon…. (If you don’t get this reference, go procrastinate and read this article on procrastination!!! http://waitbutwhy.com/2013/10/why-procrastinators-procrastinate.html )