A dozen days separate now and the due date for the complete annotations. My progress is alright, because I have been working hard the past week to get some annotations done whenever I have spare time. A main assertion here, a compare/contrast there, and so on… But time has been limited lately. Now that the outline is done I can focus energy on getting all of the annotations finished. I plan on allowing myself at least four days to thoroughly edit all of my work. If there’s one thing I learned this semester, it’s that editing is important. Important is an understatement.
I am a litte nervous about these complete annotations because I realize the way that I write them has changed over the course of this semester. Luckily, the annotations have seem to changed for the better. But I am a tad worried that the structure and content of the annotations I completed during spring break is going to be different than the ones I have worked on recently. I would imagine that it will be best to have consistent annotations, even though (of course) each source is going to be different. Regardless, it’s a bit late to go back and change anything I dislike from previous annotations. And who has time these days to worry about things like that any way? Not I, or any other info-gather-ers I’m sure.
I am completely done researching for my sources now. I remember being concerned about which newspaper articles I was going to do complete annotations for, because many of them were outdated or from smaller newspapers. However, I was fortunate (and maybe even a tad smart) to look for more articles online a week or two ago. I simply typed in “plastic bag ban” into a good ol’ google search, and was pleased to come across a little gem titled “Proposal would recycle plastic bags, not ban them” from the Chicago Tribune. Also, after class last week, Professor Thompson filled me in on the fact that articles from the Seattle Times are adequate articles. The Seattle Times is a major newspaper, but I didn’t realize how major it was. Now I have four general periodical articles that I feel confident using for the complete annotations. They have a lot of good information to use within my essay, which is kind of the point of choosing them right?
I really need to start writing my annotations more quickly. I set a lot of time aside to do the annotations, but I noticed I am not using that time as efficiently as I should. I have to block out other distractions in order to do this. Also, I must stop over-thinking things as I am writing the annotations. If I don’t do this, I will not have enough time to edit all of them before I turn them in! So that’s my game plan.