So for those of you I have somehow not told, I have found an office space to do my writing in. CubeSpace
has a very reasonable package wherein I can work after hours in a cube or at a desk in an open space in an office, complete with coffee, tea, snacks, fax machine, copier, printer, even meeting rooms should I want to have a meeting. So far working over there in the evenings is going very, very well. I started on the Maass workbook, but have now stalled on it while I figure a few things out. I sussed out a lot of motivation, a lot of background info, who the god really is, and what exactly is going on. Tonight I should have a synopsis and an ending worked out. Woo!
That means that with the rest of the day free to spend how I choose, I no longer have not-writing guilt and hand-wringing, so I have been getting out nearly everyday to Get Things Done or to just wander and enjoy the weather (which sadly, today has turned sour and Portland-ish). I ended up at the library and picked up a book on mysticism and one on Black Madonnas. I did have a sudden realization though, about my reading and studying habits. More precisely, I've been very leisurely meandering through the courses for the online program I am enrolled in, and reading a lot of the extra-curricular book recommendations. Since it is all fascinating stuff, I understand why I am doing that, but a) somehow I am reading lots of survey books and not so many source texts, which is a bad trend and b) lots of these books I will be hitting much more in-depth when I get to Pacifica. And speaking of Pacifica, I have to have an academic writing sample, which I am still a very large number of courses away from completing for the UMS degree that I can then use for Pacifica. Since I am learning to recognize my self-sabotaging behavior, I am making a list of books I should be reading, namely, a list of religious and philosophical texts that I (mostly) read in college/high school that I will no doubt be expected to know to move forward with an advanced degree in Mythological Studies (and will no doubt help me get through the interview without looking like a Luser). And I shall, from this point forward, blow through the coursework for UMS in a much more expedient manner.
To get the booklist, I called the Stanford Bookstore
and asked them to give me last year's list of textbooks for the SLE program
(zomg, they still have SLE!). ( Collapse )
I've read a good number of those, and there are a good number I was supposed to have read but rather skimmed instead. I'm going to throw some more religious texts in there, namely the Bible, the Koran, the Tao Te Ching, and the Dhammapada. And then for a grand finale I'll add The Collected Works of C.G. Jung
and a sampling of Joseph Campbell's books.
Enough with seriousness. Here are my new glasses!