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Full Moon Friday

The end of August happens to be on a Friday. The end of August also happens to be on a full moon. August has been kind to us. Steve continues to work hard with his library and college teaching gigs. Last week I started teaching a night class (Composition I) and then interviewed to teach three classes in September at another community college. I also started a magazine editing and writing class this week and it is going to be a lot of fun to learn new writing skills to share with others. Fall 2012 is certainly going to be a busy writerly season. Cheers!

Wraith from the Past Crossing my Path

It's nice to live in my hometown, but some days I just want to live where I don't know anyone, especially with wraiths from the past who occasionally cross my forward-moving path, sending nasty little chills of negativity in my direction. For some reason, I dressed up yesterday to go to the doctor's office. I wore a nice black outfit, put on full makeup and did my hair, and put on my emancipation (orange) shoes. I was grateful to have them on, as I met face to face with one of my childhood tormentors. In this case, he had been cruel to me from elementary school through my first year at Holy Cross Junior College. (He never outgrew it.) He actually mocked me, along with others, during a college freshman speech. (And I wonder if you are getting your second master's degree?) This person never explained why he acted like such an asshat to me for all those years, nor did he ever apologize. Usually I am discreet on my blog, but today I will "out" my tormentor,at l…

Gen Con 2012

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Steve and I ventured to Indy for Gen Con again. It was a much-needed vacay for Steve, as he is working during the day and teaching online classes at night. I needed to get out of the house, as enrollment is down where I teach, so many of us did not get a class in August. Boo. I will be teaching Comp I at the end of this month, though. I've been doing housework, going through stuff for a Labor Day garage sale, setting up Lia Sophia jewelry soirees, playing with a new musical ensemble,doing a musical performance at the LaSalle Branch Library, submitting a proposal for a travel grant this fall, submitting resumes and writing samples for freelancing opportunities, and writing my novel, so I have been keeping busy. Plus, I'll be taking one class this fall on magazine writing and editing, so perhaps it's a good thing to take a little time off between teaching sessions. However, I don't rest well, especially at home. So, it was great to run away from home for a few days, an…

In the Family of Trees on Order at IUSB!

MARC Record In the family of trees: selected poems and photographs, 1991-2011 Sigety, Lori Caskey Author: Sigety, Lori Caskey Title: In the family of trees: selected poems and photographs, 1991-2011 ISBN:1461023548 Holdings South Bend - Schurz Library (SBEND) Location 1)1 order(s) South Bend - Schurz Library (SBEND) 1 ON-ORDER I saw this on the Schurz Library website today! Woot! Woot! (*doing a happy dance*) Our little bucket-list-book-experiment has been interesting. I was surprised when Steve told me that Schurz Library was going to order a copy of the book, as neither one of us had approached the library about it. What a pleasant surprise! (Note to self: write thank-you note to acquisitions librarian.) What an affirmation and an honor to have a book in a university library. This inspires me to keep writing in order to encourage others to write. :) Next month I will be teaching Composition I in the evening. This is my absolute favorite course to teach, and the source…

20,000 Words and Counting

I just finished writing 844 words today and now have a total of 20,844 words. This is the most I have ever written for one project, so this is an accomplishment! Writing a novel is one of the bucket list items I have wanted to complete and scratch off my list. I thought writing the great American novel would be more daunting,and I have had a couple of false starts. However, I am finding it enjoyable and even therapeutic. I continue adding details and dialogue and imagery and adding to the fantasy story. Then I am finding myself completing 500, 800, or even 1,000 words in one sitting. The key is consistency and practice. Write something every day, even if it doesn't seem to make sense or delves a bit from the story. Add dialogue here, add a detail there. Add a side story. The goal is 70,000 words, so there is enough of a story to mold.

Freewriting from A Quote

I found this writing in a notebook, and I thought I would share this quote with you: "For a long time now I have tried simply to write the best I can. Sometimes I have good luck and write better than I can." --Ernest Hemingway When I think of this quote, I think of Key West. There's nothing like a Key West sunset sinking into the ocean. I think of writing. I think of Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea. I think of cats with six toes that are named after him. To reiterate, I think of words and cats and Florida Keys.

August

It's August. I can breathe a little easier. This summer has been rockier than others, but with the love and support of friends and family, I managed it and am grateful. August is a new month with new possibilities. A travel grant proposal needs to be finished, travel plans need to be firmed up, and passport applications need to be completed. Jewelry soirees needs to be planned and business rebooted. Writing needs to continue. Teaching needs to continue. An eBook that was sent to me by an author needs to be read and reviewed. And before I jump in to all the possibilities, I need to affix my new bell (thanks, P.) onto my vintage red bicyle and ride the trails in order to have the energy to conquer all the possibilities. <3