November 12th, 2008
|12:49 pm - World records aren't written down for ADF study program material: this is for the best|
Last night, I finished the ADF Structure, Customs, and Policy course, four days before my self-imposed due-date. I decided to clock the total amount of time I spent writing it, since I'd actually heard people say that it can be done in two hours. I admit to not being overly happy at the dismissive nature of that, especially since people hadn't actually done it at that point.
It ended up taking me 3 hours and 15 minutes, all told. I hit two hours when I finished question 7. I'm pretty convinced that two hours was a bit of an exaggeration: even with the advantages I had (I wrote the course and knew the subject matter really well). (Besides, it may expand if this gets returned to me for further work, as often happens with submissions.)
I'm happy that I haven't been recording the amount of time I've spent on some other courses: the amount of time I spent on Magic 2 and Divination 2 alone is frightening.
I do need to thank Red Earth in Atlanta, GA; Silver Birch in Australia; and Ocean's Tide in Rhode Island, as well as Brandon in Japan and Jeremy in Chicago for their help on Requirement 9.
I am remaining right on schedule, however. The important thing, I suppose, is to stay on my schedule: it'll be a while before it gets graded and returned, I have a feeling.
Next up? Trance 1, due at the end of the month. I'm really struggling with the last requirement.
Well, it seems it's been since March that I've done a LiveJournal meme, so I figure it's about time for another:
36 miles per gallon
Created by The Car Connection
Very few memes catch my eye (and I rarely have time to waste on most of them), but I can appreciate this one.
Current Location: Southeast of Disorder
Current Music: "Truckstop Salvation", -JB
Heh. Well, that's Ian for you. It's me, too, some days.
The CTP list is set up, but it's not currently actually *working*. So these things are coming alone.
And there's still frustration around the DP wait times.
Well, yeah. But that's a given, I like to think :)
And the questions never were meant for spouting back facts. I would hope that we won't need to tell people everything for every course: I don't want a bunch of rote-recital priests, after all. I don't think anyone does.
I would like to see us have more resources for all our SP work, eventually. I hope we find someone with time to do that. If I'm lucky, I might get time, eventually. Once I've kicked and screamed through the process myself :)
Well I'm not one of those complaining about my DP response... I expected a wait and suddenly I had a response before like 12 hours were up. I even got my pin in the mail today. This sort of efficiency from a Pagan organization makes one suspicious. ;)
I'm still waiting to hear back on my vocation letter, though. I expected a wait for that too, though, so this is raising far fewer eyebrows. *grin*
*nods* I saw that one go through: your reviewer said, "I'll take it," and the next message I saw was, "Actually, I'm done." So it appears that the work was particularly good.
Your vocation letter is in voting at the moment, so it is moving along.
I was trying to be kind to the reviewer, especially since you've mentioned the issue of word count a few times on your journal. ;) I know I have a tendency to go on and on, so I reined that in really hard!
Hawesome on the vote, and thanks for letting me know. I wasn't sure how the CC handles the letters.
I'm not entirely sure we have a "real" process, so much as we sort of do what we're doing, whatever that is. I'm a very new officer, so some of this is a bit . . . esoteric to me.
Heheh.. I had a feeling that was why it wasn't in the FAQ!
*stares open mouthed* Mine took over a month, but when I heard back there were no revisions so i am not sure if it was the quality of the work or just that everyone was busy.
The wait time was very, very frustrating for me. Not the time itself just not hearing anything. An email from the Preceptor/Reviewer/Deputy would have been nice.
Well it wasn't so frustrating that I felt the need to contact you (as the MA) about it. I just felt like I was stuck twiddleing my thumbs. Oddly I am much calmer about the CTP vetting.
I think with the DP, I felt like I had put so much into it that I was giving away my baby (corney I know) to be judged by others. It was very discomforting for me.
Looking back now it was not so bad of a wait though.
*nods* I had the same basic thought: "Really? Wow. That's gotta be a mistake. . . But she doesn't make mistakes like that!"
You know, it should *never* take more than a couple days for a DP to be reviewed -- not unless there really isn't anyone who is willing and able to review it when it hits the list. It takes me a little more than an hour to review an entire DP, and that's including creating a checklist and looking up membership. But then, that's assuming everything's in good shape. When there are problems with someone's work, it can take longer to mull it over and *especially* to compose an appropriate response.
I'm sorry if I'm opinionated about this -- I *know* how long it takes to review DPs; I've reviewed dozens. With the system we have in place now, it should *never ever ever* take over a month. Crimeny.
GSP and CTP work, of course, takes much longer to review. But DP work? Since it's all done electronically, it should be kicked back within a day or two of when one of the reviewers claims it.