Friday, October 8, 2010

Woefully Behind

83º ~ drat, it seems the low 90's are back in the forecast

I am woefully behind on my blog reading.  However, I want to take this chance to say congratulations to fellow poet-blogger Kristin Berkey-Abbott.  Finishing Line Press has just picked up her latest chapbook, I Stand Here Shredding Documents.  I cannot wait to read this book.  For now, why don't y'all pop over to Kristin's blog and join me in congratulating her for the great news.

And now, you may wonder what's up with my Friday draft.  Alas, it's not to be, so I'm doubly thankful that I drafted on Wednesday this week!  I've been rushing about town running errands and rushing around the house doing chores in order to prepare for my big Missouri Trip!  As I said about a week ago, Stephanie Kartalopoulos was kind enough to adopt Blood Almanac for her Intro to Poetry class and then to invite me to guest lecture for the same class.  She also worked her networking magic and got me on the lineup for the Orr Street Studios' Hearing Voices Reading Series for Tuesday night, October 12th.  Anyone close to Columbia, this is where I'll be on Tuesday at 7 p.m.  (The website hasn't been updated, but I promise I'll be there.) 

To double my fun, I'm meeting my mom in St. Louis for a girls' weekend and then I'll get to see my cousin, the poet Marta Ferguson, while I'm in Columbia.  Woo Hoo.

And just as a reality check for any non-teaching folk out there, I'll also be taking along my laptop, so I can run my online classes from the road, as well as papers and midterms that need to be graded and material for classes that need to be prepped and ready to go when I return.  I'm guessing this means teachers are wicked people, b/c the old adage says, "There's no rest for the wicked!" (Is it December yet?)
Libby reminds me to slow down and nap!
In all seriousness, I love my job, I love my writing time, I love all the wonderful & supportive friends and family surrounding me (especially C.), and I love my life, as busy as it may be at the time.


Karen J. Weyant said...

Have a fun trip!

(and..your Libby looks like my Charly)

Sandy Longhorn said...

Thanks, Karen!

Sandy Longhorn said...

Thanks for stopping by, Peter.

Anonymous said...

"No rest for the weary" is my mantra. :o) Enjoy your time in the sun, you deserve it!

Sandy Longhorn said...

Ah, Marie, did I mangle that saying? In any case, thanks for the encouragement!

Anonymous said...

Mangle? heavens, no. Interesting variant, is all! Here, check this out and you'll see what I mean:

Kristin Berkey-Abbott said...

Wow--thanks for that shout-out. I'm interested in your time on the road, interested to hear how it goes. And some day, when you have writer's block and can't come up with anything else to write about, I'd be interested in hearing more about how this opportunity came about and whether or not other poets out there should be thinking of similar networking opportunities.

I can't help noticing how many of us teach and thus I dream of how we might set up some kind of cross-country networking/teaching/book adopting/out-of-town-readings plan.

Sandy Longhorn said...

Thanks, M!

Sandy Longhorn said...

Kristin, yes, yes, yes, I'll plan a post about all of this. Thanks for asking!