October

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Somehow it’s been over 2 weeks since my last post. I’m always horrified when quantifying dates like that. October has been busy, though!

Part of the insanity is startup life in general — there’s always so much to do. And despite how busy things can get, I highly recommend starting something new. This is my second “startup” (the first was a charter school where I was a founding faculty member), and you learn constantly. Life doesn’t get boring — there’s no time for that!

Other life stuff:

I went to the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards and to the Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium. It was *wonderful* to see my VCFA creative thesis advisor, Tim Wynne-Jones, whose novel, Blink & Caution, won in Fiction. I also got to hang out with several VCFAers 🙂

There were some fantastic talks, and I love being introduced to new work. Steve Sheinkin, the Nonfiction winner, had all sorts of crazy stories about writing for history textbooks and the types of details he’d have to edit out to make the text palatable to both conservatives and liberals. No wonder textbooks are so dry! He told wonderful stories, and I’m excited to check out his book, The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism & Treachery.

Salley Mavor also showed her work. She illustrates through beautiful fabric compositions — she includes sculptural elements, so her work is dimensional. Really gorgeous stuff. She won the Picture Book category for Pocketful of Posies: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes. She shared a video about her process which I can’t embed here because of permissions, but I highly recommend checking it out.

The day after the Horn Book awards, I went to Ming Doyle’s signing at the Brookline Booksmith, and then we had a Boston kidlit meetup. Solid turnout, good mix of regulars and new faces, and I got to meet some terrific new folks and make several introductions. I realized something obvious: I love connecting people. This may be why I gravitate toward tutoring — there’s something magical about connecting a teacher and student you *know* will get along and who have a lot to offer each other. Similarly, meetups and dinner parties are fantastic for “Oh! You have to know ___! You will love each other!”

What else? I also knocked out a freelance project, tutored a few days a week, went to NH for a day, and did a demo illusion knitting piece for an article. So I forgive myself for not blogging. It was enough to try to sneak in 5-6 hours of sleep per night!

Moving forward I’m trying to have a more balanced schedule including personal writing time and personal time in general. My book group meets tonight, which is always lovely, and Andrew and I went out to dinner and a movie on Friday. The movie? Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame! Think Sherlock Holmes + imperial China + martial arts. Fun stuff.

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