Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Why I'm reading Ender's Game right now instead of working on my research paper

Because I'm so, so very tired. Magdalena is back at her wetting-the-bed antics. Reading about anything other than small children being roped into intergalactic warfare would put me to sleep, instantly.

Because I'm tired of everyone having read this book but me and it's time to put an end to that situation already.

Because I technically still have almost a month until I have to hand in the research paper, and I'm really good at working under pressure.

Because I still don't know which way I'm going to approach my subject, or how I'm going to organize the background information, and every time I get to thinking about it my mind breaks.

Because I know the moment I get to working on it, a small child will come into the room with a need that must be met RIGHT NOW.

Because we just had an exam the other day and I'm still "giving myself a break," OK?!??!?

Because to get a few angles on my research, I need to make some phone calls, and I hate making phone calls. Especially here, when a lot of phone calls end up in, "why don't you just come see me in my office?" territory. Which brings me to another reason I'm reading Ender's Game right now instead of working on my research paper:

Because I'm at home with these two kids, and any "come see me in my office" would automatically be a family field trip whose positive outcome as far as juvenile obedience goes I cannot guarantee. I also need to visit the reference section of the library to consult some books that cannot be checked out. Same problem. Plus, my children know where the library's DVD collection hides and they would probably run amok and shriek like banshees while they hunted down Cars/Toy Story 2/Walking with Dinosaurs.

Yeah, I'm going to go with that last reason. That's why I'm reading Ender's Game right now instead of working on my research paper.

10 comments:

Anna said...

Ender's Game is awesome.

Liz Johnson said...

The big question - do you like the book?

I'm quite curious what you're doing your research on. Is it still the translation of that book? Or something different?

Bridget said...

The book is great so far. My research paper is about TOEFL/IELTS prep classes. You're thinking of Girls of Riyadh - I'm editing the thesis of a student in the Masters of Translation and Interpreting program. Or I will be, once she sends it to me, once she finishes. Maybe she's reading Ender's Game instead.

Kathy Haynie said...

Haha - that's why I haven't sent you Chapter 2. I (wish I was) reading Ender's Game instead. Much better choice than writing the research paper.

Although my favorite is actually Ender's Shadow. Same story from Bean's POV. More complicated, I think.

Carrie G said...

Can't you write your paper on the similarities between intergalactic warfare and TOEFL/IELTS prep classes?

Carrie G said...

Can't you write your paper on the similarities between intergalactic warfare and TOEFL/IELTS prep classes?

Crys said...

Did you realize this was a series when you started? Plenty to read to push off your paper near forever :)

Sherwood family said...

Good for you. And I didn't finish my (library) book before I left, so now I'm counting down the days until it could possibly be here from Amazon. Cause sometimes you just need a good book, right?

Amanda said...

I totally read Harry Potter instead of studying for finals back in the BYU days and managed perfectly well, so why not procrastinate?

Katie said...

Reading Ender's Game kind of makes you think your a genius, no?

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