So this morning I started in on the essays for Magic 2, and I'll start the trancework for that and Trance 1 shortly.
I will need to finish transcribing my Liturgy Practicum 2 work over from my paper journals, as well.
Also, I am going to begin to use the divinations I've been doing for others for my Divination 2 work (don't worry, I'll ask you before I use something I did for you, and you are encouraged to say "no" if the idea makes you even the least bit uncomfortable). Because of the recent upswing in requests of that nature and my attention to the notation of those readings, I should have my requisite nine very shortly.
Of course, now here I sit thinking that it would be good to do Divination 2 based off the Magic 8 Ball on my desk, a powerful (and wholly IE) divination tool, if I do say so.
The journaling requirements in the second circle of the CTP are huge, but not really daunting. We took into account that a lot of journaling would be done in this circle, and so we merged two requirements for different courses, and set the time limits to be reasonable so that people could complete them all in a year. I don't really have an issue with 5 months of trance practice, or 5 months of daily/weekly divination. The four months of journaling for LitPracticum 1 were, simply put, amazing.
ardgruntler indicated that the first circle of the CTP requires (roughly) 26,800 words. I don't know if she counted "Law and the Church", which is technically Second Circle at this point, but that does put things in perspective. I never thought about it in terms of "total wordcount". Shockingly, after having done it, I'm surprised that I had so few of my essays that scraped by at the minimum. Perhaps more surprising is the fact that I learned so much in the process, that what once looked like a daunting task turned into such a learning experience that I didn't have problems making it happen.
With the second circle of the CTP being roughly 25,500 words with 5 out of 12 courses still unwritten, it's safe to say that Clergy Training in ADF will become twice as "hard" with every Circle you pass. But, as I look at the requirements and read through them, I can't help but smile and say, "Yes, this is harder, but the previous Circle prepared me well for this, and I can certainly do it."
For reference, the Dedicant Path has about 7,700 required words, if you're looking at the requirements.