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back to school (sort of)

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Last year I decided it would be fun to take a class. Not a college class, because I already have a degree, plus I worked at a university for a long time and sort of wanted to get away from the whole higher education thing. Also, I wanted to do something "relaxing." (You'll see why that's in quotes in a second)

So I signed up a pottery class. I was really excited about it, only it turned out that I had no aptitude for pottery. In fact, I was really REALLY bad. I could get the clay centered on the wheel, but past that, I'd go to shape it and end up mushing it back into a ball or worse, end up splattering clay all over myself and my classmates. I was so bad, in fact, that after a few classes the instructor, who was one of those very kind earth-mother types, pulled me aside and said, in the nicest way possible, that perhaps working with clay wasn't for me. I agreed, and pretty gratefully too, and went home determined to find another class to take.

I waffled around for a bit, and then, earlier this year, signed up to take a dance class. Now, I have two left feet and all the rhythm of a cucumber, so I know this is sounding like the start of another pottery story. But it isn't! I signed up for tap and I *love* it. I find all the stomping (which gets all sort of great names like flap and slap and step-ball-change) and noise-making very cathartic.

And in completely unrelated news, Justine Larbalestier, author of the outstanding Magic or Madness and the new Magic Lessons (which I have and can't wait to read) has a great post on the different kinds of work writers have to do, and her mentions of publicity really hit home for me. I've been thinking a lot about publicity lately, primarily because the conference I went to showed me I know nothing about it and that I absolutely need to learn as much as I can. Now I guess I have to get started!