Mini Magpie Monday

magpie 2015-03-02Here I am, attempting another Magpie Monday in miniature form.

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Mini Magpie Monday

il_340x270.374868572_4lz2I’ve not done a proper Magpie Monday in quite a while, so I thought I’d try something short. A miniature Magpie Monday, if you will.

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What Have I Been Up To?

Magpie (2013) by Niroot Puttapipat

Magpie (2013) by Niroot Puttapipat (click on the image to go to his website)

I’ve been neglecting the blog most egregiously, I confess, but I’m hoping to start posting regularly again (well, semi-regularly. Or at least more frequently than a few times a year?). Last spring I was awarded tenure, and it’s taken me this long to let out the breath I hadn’t realized I’d been holding for the four years I was tenure-track.

This spring I’m on sabbatical from teaching, which makes me feel all kinds of things, not the least of which is how I wish more jobs allowed for sabbaticals (my own trajectory took me twenty years to get here). Taking some time away, to get recharged and re-focused, is something that everyone needs, and I wasn’t aware how much I needed this time until I was taking it. I’m very, very grateful for sabbatical; in no way do I take this opportunity for granted. Still, I feel like I’m not quite doing sabbatical right (why does every day feel like Saturday, which I usually reserve for housework and errands?), but there you go.

So I thought I’d write a bit about my sabbatical projects, of which there are many. Not all of them are going to get done—my application was extremely ambitious, and I haven’t listed here everything I thought I might do—but I’m going to give it the old college try. Writing them down is my attempt to keep myself honest. Here’s the general breakdown of my sabbatical, and I’ll follow up with a few specifics:

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Happy Hallowe’en 2014!

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”~L.M. Montgomery

In case you thought this blog was dead, here’s proof there’s life after death….

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With His Head in His Hand

lcrw30_bigExciting news: my story “With His Head in His Hand” is in the latest issue (#30) of Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet! The inspiration for this story came from one of my favorite poems, “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” (the link is to a sound recording by Marie Borroff, my favorite translator of the poem). This story is also also part of my Askmore Family sequence.

Check out the entire table of contents here and (if you’re so inclined) order a copy here.

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