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Ár nDraíocht Féin
Three Cranes
Chaos Matrix

August 13th, 2009

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11:44 am - Wow: Moving right along, it seems
I look at where I am today in my CTP work and where I was just last week: I'm four questions away from completing CTP2.

I'm still struggling with the king/virgin dynamic (IE Studies 2) and the "why are deities jerks" question (IE Myth 2). I'm pending a book from the library by Maslach and Leiter about burnout (it seems to have been lost in the move from the Ackerman Stacks to the Thompson Stacks) to finish two questions in Leadership Development 1.

It is entirely possible that I could complete all four courses before Summerland, or even (if I get my book) before the "new" deadline I set for the first of them: Saturday.

CTP 2 is really the bear of the circles of study within our Training Program. It's heavy on academics and light on experience in some courses, and heavy on experience and light on academics in others. No matter who you are, you're going to hit a roadblock now and again. Being one of the first people to complete some of these courses made it worse, since druidkirk and I turned out to be guinea pigs for some pretty atrocious wording errors, minimum word counts, and repetitive questions.

Still overcoming those (annoyingly self-imposed, since I wrote most of them) obstacles has been highly educational.

Around 10:30 PM last night, I completed Ethics 1, ten questions I must admit I don't often ask myself. It was less research intensive than I expected, and more discussive of my personal thoughts and feelings. I learned a lot about myself in the process of answering those questions, too. Putting the Ethics 1 answers up is sort of like putting a naked picture of yourself up on the 'net, though: you wonder first if it's a good idea, and second who would even want to look at it?

I still have some outstanding submissions that were submitted but never reviewed, which isn't a big deal to me (though it appears that they're approaching a year of "just sitting"). I know that my work is good, and it's not like a "stamp of approval" has ever had an affect on my spirituality. Still, I suspect that at Summerland, I'll need to shove paper copies in front of the Clergy Council Preceptor and get them reviewed.

I cannot help but think though, about how impossible completion looked just two weeks ago, and how entirely possible it looks now. In fact, it looks like a foregone conclusion that I'll be finished by Summerland. It astounds me how much the simple action of re-setting my goal dates appears to have kicked me in the ass and gotten me moving.

I'm actually very eager to start on CTP3. Look for an update when I'm done with CTP 2 as to what my plan will be for the Third and Final Circle of the ADF Clergy training Program.
Current Location: Southeast of Disorder
Current Mood: excitedexcited
Current Music: "Summerzcool", -JB

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Date:August 13th, 2009 04:08 pm (UTC)
Why are deities jerks?

Because jerk-ness is in the eye of the beholder, and deities are under no obligation to be nice to you (or anyone else, necessarily). I'm sure that they don't consider themselves jerks anymore than a human that you consider a jerk considers zerself to be a jerk.
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Date:August 13th, 2009 04:12 pm (UTC)
Indeed. The "because they are" explanation is perfectly valid. :) I'm just more interested in addressing multiple possibilities. :)

I think that I'll discuss jerkiness of Hellenic proportions, though, since the stories there are many and varied (as happens when you have plenty of source material from plenty of people with a good sense of humour. . . something the Norse and Vedics generally lack when speaking about deities they like).
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Date:August 14th, 2009 01:41 am (UTC)
Yay! I'm actually glad that is it more academic in some areas and more experiential in others. We need both to keep it balanced.

You are right about some of the wording and some of the word counts though. What were we thinking? I was working on the Ethics one a few months ago and I kept having to remind myself that a lot of that, and others, were a result of my input.

I'm almost there too, but not as far along as you are. I'm looking forward to CTP3 though.
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Date:August 14th, 2009 03:08 pm (UTC)
I think that sometimes makes it harder: knowing you wrote (or suggested) the idiot requirement that you're struggling with :)

One thing that I am really happy about, though, is that there are a few courses that I had virtually nothing to do with in terms of wording and word counts: Ethics 1&2, the ProfHelpSkills courses, and the LeaderDev courses had minimal input (and occasionally no input) from me. That fact makes me feel much better about the program as it stands.
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Date:August 14th, 2009 02:11 am (UTC)
You and Kirk aren't the only guinea pigs; there are several of us finding all kinds of issues. My current personal beef is with some of the word counts for Magic 1. Good gods, who thought it would be a good idea to require 600 words for three separate magical workings?? *headdesk*

There's no way I'll finish anything else this summer, though. First day of school was today. *meh* So much for clergy studies.
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Date:August 14th, 2009 03:05 pm (UTC)
When we passed CTP 2, we knocked out a lot of those sorts of high-number requirements. They're totally much more reasonable now than they were. Magic 2 and Divination 2 took major cuts (they're about half the total word count that they were, or less!)



I hadn't intended to imply that we were the only guinea pigs, though I see I did imply that. I think what I meant was that we were the only people who passed under those "super-high-word-count" requirements, and that we've since lowered them or resolved some of the wording issues (Trance 1 had a reduction in repetitive questions, too, I think).

As for the idiot who suggested the 600 words? That was totally me :) Yow, was that wrong.
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Date:August 14th, 2009 04:14 pm (UTC)
I'm not there yet, but I'm close :)

Btw, I picked up a copy of Gung Ho!, which is like candy for leaders, in terms of how quickly and easily it goes down. I read over half of it last night, and I didn't start until about 10 PM!
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Date:August 15th, 2009 12:47 am (UTC)
honk, honk honk! Great job Michael. I am so proud of you my brother! You Jess, Kirk, Jenni and others keep blazing the trail and I'll stumble along as quickly as work and life allow me to...honk,honk,honk...
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Date:August 15th, 2009 11:31 am (UTC)
There's no stumbling going on: all our paths will lead on and upward, and you pushing me from behind (gently but with a bit of welcome force) gets me there at least as well as my own inner drive and the pull that the CC forces upon me. None of these things can get me working alone, and even no two will get me moving: without you (and our Grove) I wouldn't be going anywhere.

Honk,honk :)

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