Saturday, April 24, 2010

Busy, Busy and New Baby!

I have a crazy busy summer ahead, and I'm really looking forward to it!

I've been preparing for the Writers Workshop at Chautauqua. I've finished revising the first 2500 words of my novel, and now I'm working on a one-page synopses. Why are synopsis so hard to write? Getting an estimated 60,000 words down to one page is difficult, but it must be done. It will help the staff decide who my faculty critique partner will be. I should receive a listing of workshops for the week soon. I can't wait to see the choices.

I received more good news last night. I've been awarded another scholarship! This one is to the George Washington Mt. Vernon Teachers Institute. It is a weeklong workshop intensive that explores 18th-century history with top historians. I'll participate in interactive workshops, tours, field trips, and group projects. After the workshop, I'm expected to share what I've learned in a district-sponsored seminar for my colleagues in my home district or state, and I must complete one lesson plan for dissemination to teachers across the nation on the Mount Vernon website. In return, I will receive professional development hours towards renewal of my teachers license - and it's free! Woot! This workshop is two weeks after Chautuaqua and two weeks before school starts again. Might be hectic, but I'm looking forward to it.

And finally, I've a new baby in the house! No, not that kind of baby... This one is an Acer Aspire One 10.1-inch Blue Netbook! Acer Aspire One AOD250-1580 10.1-Inch Blue Netbook - 7.5 Hour Battery Life I've named her Tink, and I love her. I've missed Humphrey (my deceased and ancient Macbook), and I decided it was time to replace him. Tink is small enough to fit in my purse (and my budget). That means I can write anytime, anywhere, and access the internet wherever it is available. She goes to school with me - I write on my lunch break. We've been to the library (cubicles AND internet), Panera and McDonalds (food!). I plan to write at the park this summer and on my back deck at night. I like the freedom to leave the distractions at home. I don't plan to add many bells and whistles to Tink -that would defeat her purpose. But when I need to see multiple documents and internet pages at once, I still have my iMac. My only complaint about Tink is she is a fingerprint magnet, so I ordered a Lotus flower skin for her. Bundle Monster Laptop Notebook Skin Sticker Cover Art Decal - 12" 14" 15" - Fit HP Dell Asus Compaq - Lotus Pond

Fitting for a faerie, don't you think!


KarenG said...

Wow!! A lot to celebrate!! Congratulations! I could use a new baby like that.

Bish Denham said...

Congratulations on those scholarships. And Tink looks adorable.

Anonymous said...

Congrats on the scholarship. The lotus skin is pretty.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Oh congratulations on your new baby AND your scholarship!
I agree--synopsises (synopsi?) are the HARDEST to write!

Karen Strong said...

Good luck on writing your synopsis. Yuck, I hates them. Ha.

Congrats on the scholarship! One whole week -- that must be exciting for you.

And I'm so jealous of your new baby. My poor laptop is hanging on with scotch tape and a prayer. But she's loyal and so I'm keeping her (for now).

Anonymous said...

Tink looks gorgeous. I love her name :o) Congratulations and good luck with your synopsis XX

Christina Farley said...

Yeah! Things are rocking in your world. So happy for you.

Jen said...

I found your blog thanks to an award you gave to Christina Farley and thought I'd stop by! Glad I did, this place is so fresh and inviting! I love your background, and how fitting since it goes with your blog title.

Humphrey was such a cute name, but I like Tink too!! Looks like you have on great baby!

Congrats on the scholarships that's amazing!

Nora MacFarlane said...

Thanks all!

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