Wednesday, May 22, 2013
What's Up Wednesday
What's Up Wednesday is a weekly meme, started by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk, that helps readers and writers touch base with blog friends and let them know what's up. Join by visiting their blogs and signing in on the widget.
What I'm Reading
I'm focusing on MG for May as a part of Deb Marshall's Marvelous Middle Grade May Challenge!
Right now I'm reading Moon Over Manifest, Will Sparrow's Road, and The Phantom Toll Booth aloud with my kids. Loving them all for completely different reasons.
I read Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wien in roughly 36 hours on mother's day weekend and I loved it SOOOOOO much. Will post real reviews of all of this soon.
What I'm Writing
I'm working on revisions on my steampunk YA... very excited about those.
What Inspires Me Right Now
The weather. My kids and husband. New ways of thinking about creativity.
What Else I've Been Up To
Finishing exams means less time commuting to work and teaching. I'm glad for the break.
Now I'm working on research and a little bit of printmaking. Soon I'll be writing my tenure packet... and I'm both excited and nervous about it.
I've gotten to proof several prints. Hopefully editions will happen in the next month. I'm finally satisfied with this Clockwork Jellyfish woodcut.
I'm also working on this new series-- woodblocks of all seventy-one extinct insect species. That will take SEVERAL years. Just finding images of some of them is very time consuming. That's the thing about extinction... there's nothing left to document. Here's the first in the series, the Poko Noctuid moth, Agrotis crinigera, last seen in Hawaii in 1926.
This print is for a local group trying to stop the demolition of historic buildings in the neighborhood to make way for yet another ugly strip mall.
What I learned in making this print is that I don't enjoy drawing buildings. SO HARD and the mistakes are much more noticeable than with bugs and other creepy crawlies.
So what have you been up to lately?