my blog Log Out | Topics | Search
Moderators | Register | Edit Profile

Topics | Last Day | Last Week | Tree View | Search | User List | Help/Instructions | Program Credits Administration
Night Shade Message Boards » Connell, Brendan » my blog « Previous Next »

  Thread Last Poster Posts Pages Last Post
  Start New Thread        

Author Message
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message

Brendan Connell
Posted on Saturday, June 23, 2007 - 01:31 am:   

Everyone else is doing it, so I will too.

I decided to start a blog.

Iím calling it Oxygen. Interpret that as you will.

The address is http://brendanconnell.wordpress.com/
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message

ben peek
Posted on Saturday, June 23, 2007 - 02:37 am:   

well, who doesn't love a blog?
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message

Brendan Connell
Posted on Saturday, June 23, 2007 - 03:12 am:   

I don't know Ben. I like reading them. But writing them....Isn't it sort of like [fill in the blank] for the first time?
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message

ben peek
Posted on Sunday, June 24, 2007 - 09:10 pm:   

nah, i like writing them. it's just a public performance. maybe that's just me, though.
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message

Brendan Connell
Posted on Monday, June 25, 2007 - 03:37 am:   

Well, it seems like lots of folks do.

My main fear blog-wise is it taking away time from writing - books.
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message

Brendan Connell
Posted on Monday, June 25, 2007 - 03:38 am:   

Um - and if anyone is interested I have put up a short story by Sacher-Masoch on this famous blog.
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message

ben peek
Posted on Monday, June 25, 2007 - 03:49 am:   

i use it as just a practice, warm up thing. i dunno bout you, but a lot of the stuff i talk about on the blog sort of slots in with the things i write.

if anything, the only thing really suffering is my reading of books.
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message

Brendan Connell
Posted on Monday, June 25, 2007 - 05:02 am:   

Yes, my reading has been suffering for a while now too. Mainly due to work though. I used to read between 50-100 pages a day. Now its down to about 20.
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message

ben peek
Posted on Tuesday, June 26, 2007 - 06:28 am:   

yeah, it's about the same for me.

the problem is, after staring at a computer writing or marking, i'm kinda not up for reading at the end of it. i probably should put some more time aside, really. maybe i could sleep less.
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message

Brendan Connell
Posted on Tuesday, June 26, 2007 - 09:57 am:   

I don't know. Sleep is pretty nice.

By the way, what do you teach?

I teach English. I don't mind reading after work, but the truth is that teaching drains the hell out of you.
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message

ben peek
Posted on Tuesday, June 26, 2007 - 07:22 pm:   

i teach english and creative writing. i run my own tutoring business, so it's mostly one on one work, except when i run workshops (i also work at a coaching college one day a week, which is classes). anyhow, basically, i get to teach both. i occasionally get a semesters work here and there at univeristies, as well.

i don't find it draining at all, myself, to be honest. pretty much every other teach i know does, so maybe it's cause it's a part time gig for me.
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message

Brendan Connell
Posted on Tuesday, June 26, 2007 - 09:44 pm:   

Could be. Also, if you are doing it mostly from your home you don't have much travel involved. I get tired even trying to remember all my student's names.
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message

ben peek
Posted on Wednesday, June 27, 2007 - 09:44 pm:   

nah, i travel to students. parents tend to use you as a babysitter when they have to pick up their kids.
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message

Brendan Connell
Posted on Wednesday, June 27, 2007 - 11:02 pm:   

You must be simply more resilient than me then :-)
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message

ben peek
Posted on Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 03:11 am:   

haha.
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message

Brendan Connell
Posted on Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 04:00 am:   

Actually I teach mostly adults - English language, not creative writing. So, it might be an entirely different thing.
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message

ben peek
Posted on Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 11:03 pm:   

i dunno, really. i hear a lot of the people i know say the same thing about teaching. kids, adults, whatever subject. i think i'm just more selective about who i teach, and i tend to do things that only interest me, so i have a different working experience than most, i guess.
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message

Brendan Connell
Posted on Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 11:36 pm:   

Yeah, I'll teach anyone about anything if they pay me.
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message

ben peek
Posted on Friday, June 29, 2007 - 11:31 pm:   

lol.

i'm constantly turning down students and work. i could be doing the gig 24/7, i think, but it's just of no interest. but it's nice to know i can move it up if i need to financially--having no family has got its advantages.
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message

Brendan Connell
Posted on Saturday, June 30, 2007 - 02:53 am:   

I would say pass the discarded students on to me....If I weren't in Switzerland.

Honestly, I would turn down ALL work if I could. Unfortunately, there are a lot of bills to pay....
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message

ben peek
Posted on Saturday, June 30, 2007 - 09:17 pm:   

oh, yeah. it's the only reason i have a job.
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message

Brendan Connell
Posted on Saturday, June 30, 2007 - 11:27 pm:   

You mean you don't do it for personal development and to be able to help support State institutions via taxes paid and do your bit towards a stronger corporate democracy?

Some people actually have jobs only so they can meet women (or men).

Most of us do it just to keep out of jail though.
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message

ben peek
Posted on Sunday, July 01, 2007 - 08:15 pm:   

heh. if i said i had my job just to meet girls, i'd be put in jail :-)
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message

Brendan Connell
Posted on Monday, July 02, 2007 - 06:19 am:   

Yeah, well I was talking more about those guys who get jobs as lifeguards and hairdressers. I have however known at least one teacher of English who used his skills to manipulate the love interests of women.
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message

ben peek
Posted on Monday, July 02, 2007 - 08:14 pm:   

students?
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message

Brendan Connell
Posted on Monday, July 02, 2007 - 10:20 pm:   

Yes. Who else would fall in love with an English teacher?

He would gently put his hand on their shoulder and explain about how the passive voice is used.
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message

ben peek
Posted on Tuesday, July 03, 2007 - 06:20 pm:   

heh.

well, to each their own, i guess. personally, i like to talk about things other than high school in my relationships.
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message

Brendan Connell
Posted on Tuesday, July 03, 2007 - 10:40 pm:   

This was a guy who taught adults (Spanish, Swiss, Italian) English as a second language.

Maybe if you had some exotic college students...
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message

ben peek
Posted on Wednesday, July 04, 2007 - 04:23 am:   

yes, i blame them for being boring, too ;)
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message

Brendan Connell
Posted on Thursday, July 05, 2007 - 01:39 am:   

Yeah, well, excitement is hard to come by these days.
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message

Brendan Connell
Posted on Sunday, August 19, 2007 - 04:30 pm:   

If anyone is interested, I put up another special Dr. Black offer on my blog for those living in the USA:

http://brendanconnell.wordpress.com/2007/08/17/special-2-for-1-offer/

Add Your Message Here
Post:
Username: Posting Information:
This is a private posting area. Only registered users and moderators may post messages here.
Password:
Options: Enable HTML code in message
Automatically activate URLs in message
Action:

Topics | Last Day | Last Week | Tree View | Search | User List | Help/Instructions | Program Credits Administration