Well, hey there, you!

Sep 01

I hadn't planned to take a break from blogging, but August zoomed by with nary a post. To tell the truth, I thought about closing the blog down about mid-month.  I wasn't missing it, and I figured neither was anyone else.  I mentioned to Spring that I thought FB and Twitter (which I've also neglected) were giving me enough space for my musings, that the blog had, perhaps, reached its natural end.  She kindly told me to keep blogging, and while I won't go into it any further, the argument she offered was so generous and supportive that I decided to listen to her.  I'm in the process of re-imagining the blog, though, and I hope to move it to its own domain (with a new name!  Stay tuned!) this fall.

So where did August go?  Well, here are some highlights:

  • Vermont College of Fine Arts Post-Graduate Writing Conference.  I lived in a dorm for a week, worked with an excellent group, learned so much from Clint McCown.  Once more, I'm ditching everything I had written all summer to start the novel over.  I better get it right.  I'm running out of stamina for this story.
  • Stumbled across a copperhead snake in the woods where the dogs and I walk.  Not literally a stumble, but Neal had to pull Maddie back from messing with it.  Then we admired it for a good, long time.  Copperheads are amazingly, well, coppery!
  • Took a class with Jared Flood.  He is, as I read in a Brit Kntting mag, the darling of the knitting world, and a darling indeed.
  • Finished up the inaugural Open Road Writing workshop.  I'm excited to get the next one scheduled and start working with my fabu students again.  Be sure to hop over to the site every Tuesday for a new writing prompt.
  • Got myself a permanent reminder about what I'm meant to do with my days.*  It was the best tattooing experience I've had, and if you're ever in ne003ed of ink while in VT, I recommend Esme at Venus Tattoos.

I confess to marking the 1,000 + Bloglines entries as read.  I, so rarely overwhelmed, couldn't face that number.  I kept up via Ravelry, but will you tell me about your August?  What did you do?  What did you create?  Think? 

I start teaching on Thursday, and I'm eager to get back in the classroom.  September sets everything right for me.  Hope all is right with you!

* Latin for "Never a day without a line," one of my favorite quotes from Horace.  Some might argue about my translation choice, but I prefer "linea" to "versus" in part because "Iinea" keeps it all symmetrical.  Symmetry makes me happy.


  1. my august? we bought a house. 😉

  2. I definitely agree about you not stopping the blog!!! I love reading it!

  3. I was wondering where you went, but figured you were just busy, what with, you know, starting up a new business and stuff. 😉 Love the new ink! The little dashes of color are a neat touch. (You might submit it to Contrariwise! 😉 )

  4. I’m so glad you’ve returned to the blog. I miss your voice when you go quiet on us.
    My August? I have no idea where it went.

  5. I’ve been reading your blog for at least a year — stumbled upon it by happenstance once, and have eagerly looked forward to new posts ever since. Am so glad you’re back.

  6. Tat in Latin . . . love it! Glad you enjoyed the vacation.

  7. Great tattoo! My August was sort of a bust in terms of “productivity”. In terms of reconnecting with my parents and settling in here in Pgh? Well, it was a success.

  8. I would notice if you stopped. Of course I stopped blogging right before the summer and it feels pretty good so the decision is totally up to you!

  9. So glad you are not going to stop blogging. Missed reading you!

  10. I know how you feel! I have not posted in 6 weeks perhaps…just so darn busy…but I plan to get back at it soon. Something had to give this summer. Blog when it feels right and when it doesn’t we understand. Least that’s my theory!

  11. I admit to being more than a tad overwhelmed and behind lately too so this is the first I’ve seen of the new tattoo and IT IS AMAZING!

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