Let me begin by telling you about the most exciting news we had this month. Our daughter was finally able to get married!!! The plans were vastly different than the original but, the number of attendants did not change. She and her now husband did not want a big wedding. But they did want a different destination. Oh well. Then they wanted to get married in June but, the municipalities would not issue marriage licenses. There was no real schedule of when that might change so they were on a temporary hold. But this past weekend, under spectacular skies and beautiful weather the magic happened. Here's a couple sneak peeks. Not too much so as to annoy the happy couple.
On to the next exciting adventure for me. About a year ago I completed the process of writing a book. It's a lot like birthing a child except you don't get the swollen ankles. Anyway, it is geared to middle schoolers and I actually created and used the contents of this book while I was a science teacher a couple years back. I made a 25 year career in education and spend the bulk of that time with 8th graders, so it is for them. The bonus was that is made my career and day to day enjoyment of teaching skyrocket. The kids liked it and I liked it. So, it had to be compiled into a book. After a fair amount of research looking for a way to publish it (and one decision that derailed the progress for a bit) I finally found the right fit for me. So now I am delving into the publishing process and learning all the ropes of what to do and what not to do. Thankfully the book is written and professionally edited so I am very close to the finish line on this.
If you are a teacher or know a teacher who is struggling with the stress of too much classroom time being used for discipline instead of instruction, this book is an incredibly useful tool to help your students become more productive and less disruptive. I know this because I used it and it was such a benefit to both them and me that I absolutely had to write this book to help teachers in this current climate of education. You can send me an email if you want to hear more about it. For now, know that it should be available by late October.
With taking on the time commitment to publish a book, even with the help of the cover artists and formatters, I have put art on the back burner for a bit. I use my creative and energetic morning hours for book work and then I approach my artwork with the energy I have left in the afternoons. It is still getting done, but at a slower pace. Which is fine because I can ramp up again once my book is on the market. It is also way less stressful than following the steps in a process that I have never done before.
Here's the fifth in a series titled "Simplify". Really it was about how we all pared down our schedules in the past five months to the real necessities and life became a lot calmer. It is pieced and basted. I can quilt it slowly as the days go by. Making sure that my book project work is complete before I relax at my sewing machine.