Whoo, 23! Here we are. Thank God. Or dog, depending on your perspective. I hope you’re off to an excellent start. I made a lasagna for family and friends last night, and I just did my first (mini) workout of the year. AND I’ve spent a few minutes working toward my next collection of poems. This holiday break has been really good this year. I’ve completed my first (and hopefully the hardest) year of full-time teaching with elementary students. It was extremely challenging, and I’m still amazed that I survived. I do love my job, and I’m thankful to have it, but…
Or, I love my job, and I’m thankful to have it. There we go. In addition, it requires I get an additional master’s degree. Which I have started, but I’m taking this upcoming semester off to complete that next book of poems. The combination of age and the demands of teaching and being a student have brought focus to my, our, limited time to reach our goals. Intention.
I hope to share updates with you over the next few months. It’s going to have many dark poems. I both love them and fear them. Perhaps that’s as it should be.
Happily, my husband, Sam Schmidt, will have a new book by the end of this year, Dark Bird. I look forward to updating you about that as well. And I hope to see you at his readings. We’re going to plan ourselves a book tour – at least on the East Coast of the US. But we might be able to get to the West Coast as well. Perhaps you know of a venue/reading series to suggest? Lots to look forward to. See you soon.