of books and things

it occurs to me that this section of anklebiter.net isn’t focused on the kids all the time (pointed out by one of my sisters who asked, do you still have kids?), and that i need to rename it something else, like ‘anklebiters’ mommy’ or something. i dunno.

so, this thursday marked the end of my course work for my mfa in creative writing. can i just say, WOO HOO! and last night marked the actual start of my thesis writing (although i have been working towards it for several semesters now). while working on my proposal this morning at a bookstore, feeling all academic and stuff, waiting for the car to get a tune-up, i got really excited about what i’m working on. really excited. so maybe this writing thing is what i’m supposed to be doing…

for the first time in my life, that i can remember, i am reading not one book, but six. all at once. (up until now, i have usually forced myself to read a book in its entirety, whether i like it or not, before picking up another.) i’m worried that i’ll get them mixed up. but i have a list of at least 30 books for my thesis of which i have only read about 10 or so, and homeschooling is going to start happening this year in theory if not in practice. i feel like i’m using more than the usual 10 percent of my brain right now, and i have to say, it feels good. well, it feels good when it’s in the middle of the day and not 3:30 am and i can’t sleep because my mind is so full and i feel like i can’t keep it together.

here’s the short list of current reading: For the Children’s Sake, Macauly; The Well-Trained Mind, Bauer and Wise (this may not count, ’cause really all i’m reading are chapters 3 and 4 as they pertain to my kids); Through Painted Deserts, Miller; Of Woman Born, Rich; High Infatuation, Davis; Walking on Water, L’Engle… an ecclectic little list.

anyway, i think i have a pretty interesting booklist for my thesis, and once i get it all typed up and looking pretty, i’ll post it. i have enjoyed the ones i have read. mostly. so it’ll be like a list of recommendations for anyone who cares.