on reading, writing, and math

I’ve only completed one book this past week, Sarah Swett’s Kids Weaving: Projects for Kids of All Ages. This is a most delightful book which brought back many childhood memories and the wish that it had been published twenty years earlier. The projects range from very simple paper weaving (but with a twist that was never done in my elementary school) to building a pvc pipe loom and making amazing projects with it. It’s taken all my energy not to purchase pvc pipe, I did break down and purchase a 99¢ wooden 4×4 frame to make a weavette from, now I just have to figure out how to do that and there is the whole time commitment thing. I found the projects inspiring and if I close my eyes I can imagine myself at age 7 wandering around my backyard gathering sticks and moss for the fairy garden.

Otherwise I’m reading a ton. Not everything has made it into the sidebar as many journal articles have been read and reread and there is a large scary tower of books I’m rereading as fast as I can so that I can turn in the draft of my proposal and annotated bibliography on Wednesday.

The exciting book that I found to read (in my infinite spare time) is Book Reviewing edited by Sylvia E Kamerman [thankfully I have semester loan!]. I realized recently in attempting to write a proper book review that I had no idea what to do. I read a lot but I rarely read reviews. I’m slowly attempting to correct that wrong (I used to live for the Sunday Times and the reviews inside) and hopefully, in time, bring the writing here to the next level. I’m not going to hold my breath that I’ll get there, but I’ll try.

Math. I’m very happy I did NaNoWriMo last year, and the year before, and the year before that. I’m scared of writing. It isn’t easy for me, and by practising every day, it’s the only way I’ve improved the little bit that I have. I can write under deadline and pace myself (mostly). The quality isn’t quite where I’d like it to be, but I do feel I’ve improved. The big question is if I can gather all of my information together and synthesis it in the time frame allotted. I’m going to believe that I can and we’ll see what happens.