Each spring, the graduating cohort from the MFA program has the opportunity to share their thesis work publicly. Next year, my cohort will be featured in the Spring Festival! Sort of exciting to get a preview of what’s coming for us in the not-so-distant future. :)
Also during the month, my oldest daughter and I went to a presentation at the University of Washington’s main campus by Joyelle McSweeny, author of The Necropastoral.
Other than that, bike riding, walking, parks, etc. The usual. :)
Lots of reading in preparation for my thesis year in the MFA that’s coming up.
- The Midnight, by Susan Howe
- The Audobon Reader, by John James Audobon
- A Sand County Almanac, by Aldo Leopold
- A Naturalist’s Teaching Manual
- Darwin’s Orchestra: An Almanac of Nature in History and the Arts, by Michael Sims
- Children as Naturalists
- Companion Grasses, by Brian Teare
- A Passion for Nature: Thomas Jefferson and Natural History, by Keith Thomson
- Nature, by Ralph Waldo Emerson
- Essential Muir: A Selection of John Muir’s Best Writings, Fred D. White editor
Do you sense a theme?
- Crazy Heart (movie)
- Mortdecai (movie)
- Mr. Turner (movie) – I didn’t care for this one
- A Monster in Paris (movie)
- The Blind Side (movie)
- World War Z (movie)
- Star Trek (movie)
- Star Trek: Into Darkness (movie)
- Star Trek Voyager – Seasons 6 & 7
Since school got out for the summer, I’ve been enjoying watching movies in the evening. Not much time for movies during the school year. Since I have no television reception, I’ve been binge watching my way through all of the Star Trek series. Now I only have Enterprise left to watch, but that’s always been my least favorite of the series so I’m not in a big hurry to start watching it (yet).
No school for several months, but we’ve all been given personal summer reading lists from our thesis advisor in preparation for the upcoming thesis year. Although I have a huge stack of books to read this summer, it’s nice to be able to read them at my own pace without deadlines or assignments (or grades!) hanging over me. :)
This week, I met with one of my professors from the UW Tacoma and I’m going to be able to be an intern/teacher’s assistant in one of her art classes in the Fall. I’m super excited about this opportunity! Which also means an additional stack of summer reading before fall. I’ll actually have the opportunity to teach the class several times. The fact that I’m actually almost credentialed to be able to teach creative writing at colleges and universities is starting to sink in a bit. And it’s very exciting (and a little scary). :)
BLOGS and BOOKS and EZINES, oh my!
This month I ran four book giveaways on for books I’ve published through my new publishing venture, Simple Pleasures Press. In order to be entered into the drawing, people needed to share a brief comment/answer about a question posed for each contest. Reading through people’s responses is enlightening. Here are links to the comment sections of each contest so you can read the responses, if you’d like.
- What’s your favorite frugal tip?
- What’s your favorite frugal recipe?
- What’s your favorite family field trip?
- What’s your favorite parenting tip?
I also have been in the process of bringing back into print the six-volume set of poetry on the life of Christ written by Charlotte Mason. Charlotte Mason is known today as a British educationalist from the early 1900’s whose ideas and philosophies are currently being rediscovered by modern day home schools and private schools throughout the world. Many of Mason’s modern readers may be unaware of her devout spiritual life and her deeply moving poetry.
These volumes, The Saviour of the World, will appeal to Mason’s current fans, to Christians of many persuasions, and to anyone who enjoys reading epic and/or religious poetry.
For further information, go to:
- The Saviour of the World poetry series, by Charlotte Mason
I’ll be trying to remember to post one of these monthly wrap-ups at the end of each month this year. I’m not really updating this blog regularly right now with all my school-related things going on, so I thought this could be a nice way to keep in touch a little bit more.
Hope everyone’s well! Feel free to leave a comment and let me know if you’re out there.