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A Literary Wedding

There’s a new Geeks Guide to the Writing Life Post up here at the Huffington Post.  But more importantly, former student, Brianne Spicer and her soul mate, Martin a.k.a. “Bear” Sharum got married today and my husband and I were lucky enough to be at their “literary themed” wedding.

One of the perks of teaching is that we sometimes get invited to our student’s weddings and let me tell you, it’s quite an honor, right up there with watching them graduate.  A couple of years ago we had two weddings in one day, fortunately timed so we could go from one to the other.  “How is this going to work?” we wondered.  It’s going to be crazy. But we’ll give it a try.

You know what?  Getting to watch two couples, two gifted students, begin their lives together, in one day was pretty darned awesome.  At the end of the day I realized: this opportunity may never come again and I was truly lucky I got to experience it.

Fortunately we still get invited to “one wedding at a time” events and those are darned awesome too.  I never get tired of being invited and we do our best to make every one we can.

A toast to you, Bri and Martin and a lifetime of happiness!

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Meet my new friend, Bea

As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve been driving  hard on a new book this summer that I feel pretty passionate about, The Geek’s Guide to the Writing Life: An Instructional Memoir for the Rest of Us.  In fact, the first draft is almost finished.  In trying to do better with clearing the way for more writing in my life,  I have really been streamlining my material life and my time.  I had a huge garage sale, getting rid of a lot of crafts materials and flea market finds I used to sell on ebay and in a booth I had.  Someday, perhaps when my life is less crazy, I’ll get back to it, beccause I did enjoy it but right now I have a lot of writing projects I want to finish so I don’t have time for a lot of hobbies.

Except for Bea, short for Beatrice, the 1963 Beeline travel trailer I just purchased from a good friend who is moving and who took excellent care of her.  I have been lusting after such a trailer ever since my parents would take me to look at them as a child–of course we were always just looking–to say we were not a camping family would be a colossal understatement.  Remind me to tell you about our experiences with tents sometime.  Suffice it to say, just because your family buys a  big tent and sets it up in the yard to “air out” doesn’t mean they ever have any intention of using it.

Bea isn’t really going to be camping much either, not yet anyway.  She’s going to be spruced up into a guest cottage and an alternative writing space–she even has air conditioning.   She could actually be a guest cottage right now but Wordamour has some, shall we say, feminizing plans for her that involve some paint and new linens and the like.

Emotionally it’s been an extremely rough past few months, especially the past few weeks and about that all I can really say is that my family is healthy and happy and it has nothing to do with them, which is a blessing, I know.  So this is the kind of project I need; something I can work on, mindlessly, as I have time, a project I don’t have to take out and put away but just pick up when I can.    I’ll keep you posted on her progress.  But I’ll tell you right now, just looking at her makes me smile.

Bye y’all,

SV

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The Geek’s Guide to the Writing Life: Choosing a Partner

The first in a series of excerpts from a book I’ve been on fire writing all summer, The Geeks Guide to the Writing Life: An Instructional Memoir for the Rest of Us can be found on the Huffington Post.

Meanwhile, Arkansas itself seems to be on fire, almost literally.  Praying for rain.

Bye y’all,

SV

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