It's Been a Real Grinder

It's Been a Real Grinder

After a week or so, I am finally back in the real world (not that I ever actually lived here).

It has been an amazingly busy time, even for me. I have taken on so many new projects I can't count them. Nevertheless, I'm back.

My new classes are about to begin. I have a full schedule this year. I am in the middle of wrapping up another book on Ernest Hemingway, have taken on additional writing commitments, am working on building a new Internet business, and have some travel plans in the works.

I have turned down two great opportunities due to other commitments. They were both teaching related. One was an offer to teach in Athens for nine months, and the other was a one-year commitment in South Korea.

In any event, I am alive and well, living in St. Augustine, and I do miss my blogging friends. Hope all is well.

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  1. Welcome back JJ. It was a short absence, but we missed you.
    All the best from Portugal.

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  2. Wow! Athens. You must have some really compelling options if that's one of the ones you turned down!

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  3. So good to hear that you are well. Wow life is hetic but fun for you ;-)) Enjoy all your new projects, dee ;-)

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  4. We're missing you too! There just isn't enough of you to go around. It certainly sounds as though you're plate has been rather full. Hope you have a great week ahead JJ. Cheers Kath :)

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  5. Thank you all. I should be in full swing this week and will visit all your sites. Thanks again.

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  6. Sound like you are busy but doing some exciting things.

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  7. Karen: I try. Sometimes I have too much energy. I'll get back in the blogging groove soon. Thanks.

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  8. Miss you, too, JJ!

    Very happy to learn about the opportunities!!!! YIPEEE!!!!

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  9. Well, what a relief! For a while there, I thought Rod and I were going to have to come down there and check on you, just to make sure you were'nt sick or something!

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  10. Just when I started to wonder, where did JJ go?!
    This time of year is always like this, it seems. Around here, it is the best weather of the year so everyone is flitting about and nobody can get together or find anyone it seems. We'll all be back on track soon enough. The routine that comes with Fall will be here soon enough.
    Sounds like you are having a fun and busy life!

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  11. A-M: Thank you. I have to stay in the game.

    Judie: You are always welcome to visit. September is the toughest month for me because it starts all the first semesters in the academic world, but I'm just about settled.

    'Yellow Rose' Jasmine: St. Augustine weather hasn't changed much, but everything seems to center around school. It is a college town, and a big tourist town, so activities - and obligations - do seem to be seasonal.

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  12. I've been missing you JJ, but I knew you were crazy busy and that you'd be starting another school year on top of everything else. Good luck!
    Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

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  13. hmm, you would have to be busy to turn down those teaching opprtunities, based on your blog personality I'd expect you would have liked to give one or both a go.
    Books on Ernest Hemingway. I do find it interesting how many writers have been inspired by Hemingway. My father bought me my first Hemingway when I was 9 years old, I admit I didn't get around to finishing it until much later. :)
    Looking forward to hearing about your writing and the internet business

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  14. Miriam: Thanks. I missed my blogging friends as well.

    CalinMarie: Yes, I hate to pass up any opportunities, but sometimes one must pick and choose. Hemingway inspires me because of his grace under pressure philosophy. Our time on Earth is limited, but if we face our challenges head on, and survive, we act heroically. I like that kind of thinking.

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  15. Your schedule seems enough for 5 people full time! My head is spinning just thinking about it. What are you teaching this year? Do you usually teach the same courses? I usually rotated among three courses, teaching two of them every year. Anyway, hope your academic year gets off to a good start. And good luck with your other projects.

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  16. Congrats on all the good, wonderful things happening in your life! I love your positive energy and how motivated you always are to accomplish your goals. Good to have you back :)

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  17. Galen: I am teaching American Literature, Intro to Literary Studies, College Writing I & II, Reason & Romanticism, The American Experience, 20th Century, Integrated Arts, and a special Cambridge University course at the local High School. Sometimes, it is a little hard to write at night.

    Phoenix: Thank you so much. I also love your positive energy. I notice that even when things get tough, you always re-surface. Eventually, it all works out. However, be careful. You might end up being me! Then, you'll really go crazy. Later.

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  18. Good grief, now I'm even more impressed. How can you keep track of so many courses in one academic year? (No need to answer that--I'll just be even MORE impressed!)

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  19. Ah... does that mean you won't be swinging through Augusta then? I was really looking forward to meeting you and your lovely wife. Drats.

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  20. Forward, that is. My typing is lousy and my proofreading is worse.

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  21. Check that. Make that my eyesight.

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  22. Robin: I still plan to head to Athens. My friends are experiencing some difficult times, so I had to postpone the trip. I definitely will let you know when we go.

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