Monday, January 13, 2014
The State of Things
But then it opens a whole can of “What’s the difference between plagiarism and citing other peoples’ research anyway?” It’s a complex issue, and one I hate even thinking about. In my opinion, plagiarism isn’t nearly the crime people make it out to be, as long as you are citing your sources. But, then again, I don’t work in academia, I just take classes. And I think this whole idea detracts from the main focus of taking classes. You know, to learn stuff.
Anyways, now that that’s done and over, I have to get caught up on my weekly posts. Then next week is my Final essay exam. And then it’s a week off from school! Which reminds me, I need to register for my next class soon.
Been doing some reading as I can lately. A few weeks ago, Charles Gramlich mentioned on his blog some books he likes, and one was a Louis L’Amour book. I decided I really needed to read more westerns, and since I respect Charles’ opinion on such things, I figured I would get that one. Well, I couldn’t find a copy at the book store. But, being the book-o-phile I am, I couldn’t walk out empty-handed. So, I bought a different L’Amour western, The Burning Hills (which was apparently made into a movie in 1956). It’s a slim 150 pages of a good, old-fashioned chase through the desert with interesting characters. I’m enjoying it a lot, though sometimes I get confused about who each character is. But, that’s probably more due to my reading habits than the book itself. Suffice it to say, I’m looking forward to seeing how the whole drama plays out.
Also been reading some graphic novels. Lately I have been obsessed with the Marvel character known as U.S.Agent. So, this weekend I got a collection from the Siege storyline featuring the Mighty Avengers, who had U.S.Agent in their roster at the time. Well, he wasn’t that big a player, but the story was good. And now I want to get all of the other Siege collections, so I can get the full story. Fortunately my local library has an extensive Graphic Novel section.
Haven’t been doing any fiction writing lately, but I have plans to get going on that soon. Still going to focus on long-form for now. Starting with a science-fantasy book that should be fun. More on that later.