Friday, October 18, 2013

Updates on Puppies and Poetry

So, I haven't been blogging too much lately because it's been really crazy around here. Our new puppy, Rory, is adorable...

but he sure gets into a lot of trouble and keeps us on our toes.  The kids each have their own day to take care of him and for the most part they are doing a great job.

He's actually been a very good puppy so far and is learning the household rules quickly. :) (Wouldn't you just do anything for that face?)

Back in School!
I guess I didn't think a new puppy would be enough, so I decided to enroll in some classes from  I'm taking Modern and Contemporary Poetry; Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas; Plagues, Witches and Wars: The Worlds of Historical Fiction; and Design: Creation of Artifacts in Society.

The poetry class has been tons of fun so far, partly because my husband and I are taking it together and it's opening my brain up to a whole new way of thinking.  It has even inspired me to write some poetry again, which I hadn't done for years.  I might even decide to share a few.  The historical fiction class just started on Wednesday and I'm super excited to learn more about that genre.

They are all a lot of work, but I'm really excited about what I'm learning and I love the platform. is a free educational website that offers actual courses from top universities around the world. As a student, you watch the lectures, do the homework and interact with other students online, and you even get a certificate of completion for each course!  I've done some other open course sites before but this is so much more interactive!  

And I'm still working on revising my Fantasy novel which I think is now going to be called, The Night Years.

I'm crazy busy, but it is all good stuff and I'm having a great time, I'm just exhausted!!  I need about four more hours of the day just for sleep. :)

So, I really am still here just not as often.  I keep saying I'm going to post more, but realistically if I get one in a week I'll be happy for now.  I'm going to try to make the rounds around the blogosphere, but it will be slowly.

Thank you so much to everyone who wrote wonderfully supportive comments on my IWSG post! :)

Hope everyone is having a great October so far!

Kathy :)


  1. LOVE that puppy face. Beagles are so adorable.

  2. Good luck with your new classes. Now that's a convenient way to take them.
    Rory is a cutie!

  3. Someone's been busy :). I love the name Rory. So cute.

  4. What a cute beagle! It's lovely to hear you and your hubby are taking a class together. You have something extra to share now. I wish you success and fun in all your classes.

    Thanks for your comment on Alex's blog about my cover reveal. I appreciated it! :-)

  5. Such a cute puppy! Good luck with your classes!

  6. LOL! Puppies and babies, eh? (Or book babies.) This is how the days or our lives disappear. ;)

  7. Hope things are going well. Guess you're still staying busy. Holidays ahead will make for even busier times I suppose.

    Tossing It Out