from out of the darkness…

so i went dark for a while, here, but not in real life. in real life, i have been writing my pants off for the past few months to finish my thesis. and it’s finally done! all 154 pages of it. i’ll post the table of contents here just because having a table of contents is pretty cool:

Mommy’s Doing Pull-Ups in the Basement Again: A Rock Climberís Reflections on Motherhood and a Motherís Meditations on Rock Climbing

Table of Contents

Introduction.........................................................iv
The Girl in the Tree..................................................1
Harness...............................................................5
The Legend of a Rock Climber Girlfriend...............................7
Rope.................................................................40
Born to Climb........................................................42
Chalk................................................................56
Fall.................................................................58
Conversation I.......................................................87
Packing List I: Why We Went Camping All The Time Before We Had Kids..89
Packing List II: What It Takes To Go Camping With Children and Why We
Hardly Ever Go Anymore,or, Motel Anyone?.............................90
Trespasser...........................................................94
Three...............................................................118
Bouldering..........................................................123
Conversation II.....................................................125
Boys on the Rocks...................................................126
Bibliography........................................................141

isn’t that pretty? maybe it’s just me. i do have a thing for tables of contents.

all that is left for me in terms of getting my MFA is reading for five minutes the night before graduation. and, i have decided not to walk for graduation because it just seems like a silly rite of passage for me at this point in my life. plus, they hand me a folder that doesn’t even have my diploma in it AND i have to give the folder back! it just seems like it’s only for the photo-op, which i’d rather avoid anyway. and if my family gets grumpy at me for it, i have ordered the tassle and the other who-zee-whats-it, thing-a-ma-jig that shows i have a masters. i can get pictures with those things anyway.

so what’s next? no razzle-dazzle career in writing for me, that’s for sure. i may be pursuing publication of parts of my thesis, or maybe i’ll try to get a book deal (typing that just makes me chuckle because it seems so unlikely!) for it, but mainly now i can homeschool the boys, the anklebiters, instead of just saying that i am. and of course, i’ll be writing on the side. if writing my thesis has taught me anything it’s that it is better to write a tiny little bit every day even if it’s crap rather than to only do it every once in a while (we’ll see how that goes!). maybe i’ll even update this little blog every once in a while.