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Summer’s almost over!

September 18, 2012
Fajardo Lighthouse interior staircase

Fajardo Lighthouse staircase

Hello friends,

Sorry I’ve been so remiss in updating but I can happily report that I had a productive summer of writing.  I finished two new stories–“Big Difference” (a Glimmer Train honorable mention) and “Love and Punishment at the Clerk of the County Court’s Office.”  I also wrote some new poems and totally reorganized my collection and renamed it–Niña de Casa.  I submitted it to a few competitions and have a couple more in mind–fingers crossed.

I also collaborated with two colleagues on an essay based on a large-lecture class of Women In Literature that I taught in the spring semester 2012.  There were 100 students and it took two part-time Graduate Teacher Associates, an instructional designer, online technical support, and faculty development specialist to make the class successful (for me that means an engaging class fostering learning that also valued student input).  Right now I’m working on weaving our three essays into one piece; as soon as I upload the revision, I’m going to get on the submission process again.

Oh, yea, another thing I did this summer was that we went on a family vacation to beautiful Puerto Rico.  Folks, if you have never been there, you should go!  We visited eight beaches in nine days, saw a great exhibit at the Ponce Museum of Arts, went to the Arecibo Observatory, walked in a bambo-lined river and much more.


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