A Personal Writing Retreat

Working from home definitely has some perks, but it can be stifling to the creative writing process. So, I am extremely fortunate to have been offered a place to stay a few nights to focus on my writing projects. As you know, if you are following my blog, I planned a mini-writing retreat with a…

Planning a Mini-Writing Retreat

More than one year has passed since we were all confined to our homes to decrease the rate of infection for the global COVID-19 pandemic. At the beginning of all this, I suspected it would be a writer’s paradise. Sitting in my homemade workspace office, which for me was a personalized cloffice about 2 meters…

Research Travel 2018—Goodbye, Oxford

My final Oxford adventure was to visit a coffee roaster a few blocks south of my AirBnB in East Oxford. It was called “The Missing Bean” and delivered a fine cup of coffee. I enjoyed it quite well. My walk back to pick up my luggage was sidetracked by an incredible old cemetery where the…

Research Travel 2018—Antiquities (& Dinosaurs)

Museum hopping this afternoon. First to the Ashmolean Museum for some cuneiform and ancient Near Eastern culture, including the Sumerian King list, some Persian tiles, and Assyrian reliefs. The Natural History Museum Where Charles Darwin argued for his Origins work in 1860. Dino’s and the Extinct Dodo Emma’s elephant (who is traveling with me) discovered…

Research Travel 2018—Rise and Shine

I feel close to being back on a normal schedule today. I am up before 6am, drinking coffee I made with my aero press and working through edits on my dissertation. I have a lovely view from the kitchen table in my AirBnB host home. Then, I walked into town this morning to start my…