Wednesday, June 25, 2014

What's up Wednesday June 25th

I'm just going to say it outright, because we're all thinking it: I'm a terrible blogger. 

I'm okay with this. 


With all of the stuff I have been working on over the last year, something had to give-- and it was blogging. That's what happens with life sometimes.



Wait-- did I forget to say: 

I GOT TENURE!

That was the most-stressful-unfun-anxiety-inducing thing I've ever done in my entire life (and I had three babies without anesthesia) and I'm so glad it's over. 
Thanks to everyone who sent me words of support while I was in the middle of that experience-- I truly appreciate it. 

Now, on to  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
When Audrey met Alice by the fab Rebecca Behrens. It is so freaking adorable. I am loving this book! 
I love the mash up of Alice Roosevelt and modern first daughter Audrey. I adore the history that doesn't feel like history (the best kind!), and I am enjoying how Rebecca weaves Audrey's frustrations and triumphs into the larger tapestry of politics and family life in the White House. This MG book is UTTERLY CHARMING. It has moved to the top of my list for my middle grade book club. Read it!


The Last Continent by Terry Pratchett. I only learned about Terry Pratchett a few months ago and I love his complex world-building and his clear love of language. I am enamored with the books about Tiffany Aching (I read Wintersmith and a Hat Full of Sky), and can't stop laughing about the Unseen Academics from his Discworld series. He skewers everything under the sun-- nothing is sacred-- and it is fun to tag along. 


Eva and Sadie and the Worst Haircut Ever by Jeff Cohen. This picture book, written by my friend and neighbor Jeff (he and his wife are the reason we moved to Middletown) is sweet and funny. One daughter decides to cut the other's hair. It's a disaster. Their father (an NPR reporter) interviews them about the incident. The PRX story that went viral is here and it is laugh out loud funny. The book is meant to stand independently from the story and it does-- it's an adorable picture book. The illustrations by Elanna Allen are captivating and the story is reminiscent of many of the moments of life with kids. Share this book with a kid you love. 



What I'm Writing
I just sent another version of Mina Takes the Sky off and I'm awaiting feedback. I'm ruminating on my bug-girl book... and still torn as to how to transform it into something spectacular.  

Now that Mina is out of my hands, I am working on a grant project to implement innovative teaching methods into my research methods class... hooray!



What Inspires Me Right Now
The incomparable Chuck Close

The boys and I checked his Face Book out of the library (it's for young readers) and have LOVED reading it together.

...and this little cutie, who is almost ten months old!




Now, as Chuck Close would say-- "Get to work!"

What's up with you?

28 comments:

  1. Congrats on getting tenure, Kat! What an amazing accomplishment! I loved WAMA as well. You're right -- totally charming. Also your daughter is adorable... Such beautiful eyes! Glad to have you back to blogging, lady!

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    1. YAY Katy-- thank you. I'm so glad to be back. :0)

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  2. Hi! I found you from WUW. First of all, congratulations on the tenure! Second, I love the books you are reading! Third, that's one cute baby, and fourth--I love that quote by Chuck Close. It's so, so true. Have a fantastic week!

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    1. Thanks, Melanie-- on all counts. :0) The story of Chuck Close's life is really incredible.

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  3. She's adorable!
    Congrats on getting tenure! That is such an amazing accomplishment.
    (And thanks for the kind words about my book!)

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    1. Thanks Rebecca-- I'm feeling so much less stress now, which is great. :0) I love your book! It's just fab, and now I can't wait to read your NEW one. :0)

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  4. Your little cutie is SUCH a cutie! I love seeing photos of her. :-) Congrats on receiving tenure, Kat! What a huge honour and a huge accomplishment.

    I love that quote you shared. It's so, so true. Inspiration is great, but sometimes (often) you have to just sit down and do the tough stuff, inspired or not. I'm learning that a lot lately. Hope you have a wonderful week! :D

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    1. Jaime, thanks-- I agree. We are just crazy about out little cutie. :0)
      I think Chuck Close's words are a good reminder-- there are things that inspire us, but we don't have to wait for inspiration.

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  5. I love Terry Pratchett's books. I think Carrot is my favorite character (wait until you get to GUARDS! GUARDS!), although the three witches and Tiffany are fun, too. And the librarian, of course.

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    1. Okay, meredith, you have piqued my interest about Carrot! The librarian is fantastic. I stand in wonder at Terry Pratchett's sheer imagination.

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  6. Congratulations! I've never read anything by Terry Pratchett, but I've always wanted to.

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    1. Thanks, Laura. Same here-- I feel like I really missed out by not reading him earlier. But sometimes good books just aren't on our radar. :0)

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  7. Congratulations on tenure! That's very exciting :D

    Aaaw, what an adorable girl ^_^

    Have a wonderful week!

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  8. Congrats on tenure!!!
    Both me and my daughter read When Audrey Met Alice and really enjoyed it!
    Have a great week!

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    1. Thanks, Melanie-- isn't WAMA a fun read? I can't wait until my daughter can read it (it will be a few years).

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  9. Welcome to What's Up Wednesday! I love Terry Pratchett's novels. I think I own about10 of them, but I want to collect the whole series!

    Have a great week! :)

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    1. I hear you, Emma-- he's written so MANY! It's really awe-inspiring!

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  10. Congratulations on getting tenure. That is amazing and congratulations with having your new baby.

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    1. Thanks Murees-- baby A is so much fun! We're enjoying her immensely.

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  11. Loved that Chuck Close quote. Congrats on getting tenure!!! Have a great week.

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    1. Thanks Laurel-- Chuck Close has led an amazing life. It's really inspiring.

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  12. HUGE congrats on getting tenure! That's so exciting! Also, your daughter is so cute!

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    1. Thank you, Ghenet! I feel a real sense of accomplishment. Alice is so much fun-- she is a joy.

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  13. Hi there, nice to meet you!

    Congrats on the tenure, that's great! I love Discworld, but haven't gotten up as far as 'Last Continent.' The last one I read, a month ago, was "Witches Abroad", so I guess I'm about a dozen behind you. The cover of 'worst haircut ever' looks really fun. Congrats for Jeff too!

    Check out what I've been up to over at http://kelworthfiles.wordpress.com/

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    1. Thanks for dropping by, Chris. I am not reading Discworld in order-- is that awful? I think they stand alone really well. I want to explore them all, so perhaps I should start over with #1. He is such a magnificent writer, I definitely want to read more.

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  14. Congrats on getting tenure! And your daughter's adorable. Good heavens, you certainly have valid reasons for not blogging. It's fine, Katharine; we all need to take time off once in a while.

    The only book I've read by Terry Prachett is NATION, which is well worth a read. Fascinating and humorous look at society in a microcosm on an island. My younger son keeps telling me to read the Discworld books but so far I've resisted.

    Take care of yourself and your family.

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    1. Joanne-- so nice to "see" you! I need to read Nation-- I heard about this book, but then it fell off my radar. He is really fantastic. The Tiffany Aching books are meant to be pegged more at younger readers and they are wondrous. I definitely recommend them.

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