Various items are on my mind to share with readers:
1. I have received authors’ copies of Scion: Hero. I’d like to run a demo of it sometime in the near-ish future, which either means coming down here to northeast Connecticut and putting up with my students this weekend or next weekend, or someone volunteering space for the game on a Monday night (not this Monday, because it’s Passover, and not next Monday, because my sweetie and I aren’t getting much time together these days), or this (I repeat, this) Thursday, before my Armory class picks up again in mid-April.
1.0.1 I have also been paid for Scion at the same time, which is a first for White Wolf. Usuallythey take their full month (sometimes more) to pay me back. This time, I’ve got check in hand at the same time the books arrived.
2. I have been in DC for a week for the annual school field trip.
2.0.1 I had a good time, I learned a lot, I got to see the Tuskegee Airmen receive the Congressional Medal of Honor. It was such a tremendous gift to lead my kids in a round of applause for a former fighter pilot who fought for a country that wouldn’t even let him vote because of the color of his skin. He was so gracious, too. “I should be applauding you!” he shouted to us from his wheelchair. But no, he deserves standing ovations from everyone, white and black and red and yellow and maybe even green.
2.0.2 It was really cool to see his grandson in a US Air Force dress uniform, with the gold medal — as big as my palm! Bigger! — in his hands.
2.1 Apparently two Republicans repeatedly mispronounced “Tuskegee” during the award ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda, to widesperead murmurrings. They really ought to know better.
2.2 My apologies for not seeing any of you who live in DC during my visit. I was, as I said, there on the annual school field trip, and it was busy in the extreme. Maybe next year.
3. Eleven people are descending on my house on Monday night for a Pesach Seder, put together by the mother of one of my students. Yes, Isaac, you and your lovely bride are invited. E-mail me and I’ll fill you in on the details.
4. I read Sou MacMillan’s Novel Chrysanthemum on the train ride back from Washington, DC to Connecticut. It is an awesome read. Go out and buy/beg/borrow a copy. I give it FIVE STARS. Full-scale review forthcoming, after I have a chance to mull on it a bit.
5. I have been fabulously unproductive today. It’s both frustrating and exhilarating.
6. I’ve been dismayingly unproductive about poetry this winter, and I find it wearing. Every time I sit down to write a poem, something else beans me in the head to do, usually not very important — or else very important and worthy of immediate attention. I’ve been writing other stuff, just not poetry.
I miss you, poetry. Why don’t we ever hang out any more?
7. Classes start again Monday. I have no idea what I’m going to be teaching.