I am literally cleaning out my desk at work. I would be doing this at the winter break just for things I want to make sure I take home with me, but this time it is different: I’m not coming back. Many of you already know this, but if you didn’t, I decided to step down from working full-time. I’m not sure if I will be teaching at all in the Spring in the college system, but I will be teaching online workshops. I’d love for you to check out the low introductory rates (I hate to advertise so I cringe as I type that!) for some online services I’ll be offering in 2013 – well really – starting now.
As part of the cleaning out my desk, I’m also thinking of my virtual desk and how much stuff has backlogged that I wanted to tell you about so I am going to get through as many as I can today, and then start fresh.
- I am happily included in the new issue of Eye Socket Journal if you want to take a look-see (pun not intended, but enjoyed).
- Watched Indie Game: The Movie which was a terrific look into the creative side of independent game developers
- I finished the second in a trilogy of graphic novels by Kim Dong Hwa titled The Color of Water. I think I liked the first one a bit better, but I have a feeling I’ll pick up the third so I can finish out the series.
- With the theme of creativity continuing, I also watched Her Master’s Voice which followed a ventriloquist dealing with what to do with her teacher’s dummies after he passed away.
- As we think about reading and watching: What should children be reading? Discuss?
- Another documentary that follows young people is Make Believe. This one follows young magicians. Yes, again, I am fascinated by what people find a passion for, and what they can do with it once they realize they love it.
- I finished another Sherman Alexie book called Flight which was unusual, and moving, and well just well worth a read. It is also a very quick read.
- Another article for discussion is the Demographics of American Poetry. This is long, but really interesting.
- With a few more eyes toward fandom how about Trek Nation where Gene Roddenberry’s (creator of “Star Trek”) son meets with fans and others who worked on the iconic show to learn more about the fans and his father by extension.
- And one more article that had be thinking lately about the situation with education, specifically the type of job I have been doing, in America.
So that takes me pretty full circle and leaves off a couple of books that didn’t blow me away particularly as well as a sundry list of movies and documentaries that served more as time killer than anything else. So here is to starting fresh, finding new opportunities, and reading/watching exciting new things.
And, of course, I’m always here for your questions/discussions