December 1st, 2006


Snow Joke

I May Be Crazy, But I Am Not Stupid

SPECIAL NOTICE: 11:55pm 11-30-06
Dr. Phil is CANCELLING class for FRIDAY 1 DECEMBER 2006.

Weather Forecasts predict a Very Bad combination of Rain, Sleet, Snow and High Winds along the path I have to travel. In particular "the Allegan County skating rink" along US-131, a notorious location for severe multiple vehicle accidents, is slated to have the worst conditions. If anything, the drive home in mid-day would be more hazardous than the morning drive in.

Dr. Phil apologizes for the inconvenience, especially this close to the end of the semester. We will extend the deadline for the Topic 2 Worksheets to WEDNESDAY 6 December 2006, to allow for questions.

Seven and a half years of living in the U.P. of Michigan taught us that sometimes there are days to stay home.

Dr. Phil
  • Current Mood
    anxious we're all going to die!


Close It Down. Close It All Down. Close Everything.

Clearly my midnight LJ posting gave the university administration some pause. Surely there were late night phone calls... "Did you hear? Dr. Phil is NOT going to drive in today. This must be some bad weather."

I don't know when it happened, I didn't see it officially until about 10am. A mass e-mail was sent to staff at 8:39am. But...

Western Michigan University is closed today, Dec. 1, due to severe winter weather. All classes are canceled and all offices are closed, except for emergency and essential services. Among essential services, Waldo Library will be open until 5 p.m. today, Dec. 1.

Pause For The Moment

This doesn't happen often. In fact, on Thursday my students were saying that they didn't care how bad it'd get, the university would not close. And I agreed.

Dr. Phil
  • Current Mood
    sleepy Heather, it's still snowing...

Be Willing To Stand There And Take It

Words Of Writing Wisdom

2004 Clarion classmate Trent Hergenrader is now working on a Master's at UW-Milwaukee. His latest blog entry says something important to all new/young writers about Nobody Sees The Rejections.

I couldn't agree more. While you don't want to dump total trash on editors left and right, you can send things out and then decide to rewrite them before sending them out again.

Frankly, waiting until your writing is "perfect" is counter productive. Most editors will make suggestions or request rewrites -- and if you're still high on your vaunted story being "perfect" you won't have a good attitude in getting the work successfully done.

Lunch time, gotta go.

Dr. Phil
  • Current Mood
    artistic artistic