I'm still slogging through creating a new course. I knew it would be time-consuming, but this is ridiculous. The topic is nontraditional and interdisciplinary. Thus, it is very hard to construct a syllabus--few model syllabi out there, no good textbook. But there is high student interest, and I'll be excited about it again (I hope!) once this monster of a syllabus is done. Almost there!
Something about creating or even revising a course rots my brain. It is both intellectually intense and tedious. Earlier this week, after a long day of syllabus-preparing, I missed my bus stop by a few stops. And then when I caught the bus going back the other way, I got off the bus too early! In my defense, it was dark, which makes it nearly impossible to see one's location. But still.
This would be a lot easier if I just used a textbook and then lectured on whatever I wanted. But generally I shun textbooks and use my own selection of articles plus a few books. I discuss the readings in class, weaving them in to lecture/discussion, so I really need them to be good.