Life Updates: 4xGuard, Classes, Tenure, and Writing

The semester is in full swing here at The Citadel, which has clearly made my life busy again and contributed a bit to the quiet hereabouts.

But that’s not the only thing that’s been happening.

Earlier this year I was asked to be the Associate Director of the Honors Program, and only now is that job becoming a reality in terms of time spent on the clock. It’s exciting and fascinating, but it’s also a draw-down on my spare time.

On the plus side, I had more spare time to give to the job since two weeks ago my father sold 4xGuard, the Jeep accessories business I’d been helping him to run. The good folks at JeepinByAl are now in charge of the business.

Meanwhile, I’m readying my application materials for tenure and promotion, which are due at the start of November. While that seems like it’s a fair bit off, I have two conferences to go to between now and then, in addition to graduate exams to grade, plus the usual business of teaching.

And then there’s the fiction-writing business. I’m working on two novel-length projects right now, and I just returned from an extremely productive and enjoyable invite-only writers retreat this past weekend.

So life’s good. Things move forward. One step at a time.


  1. Two novel-length projects and I’m not asked to Wise Read either of them [insert major sulk here]?

  2. Oh, you’ll be the first port of call when I’m ready, Cathy! One is in outline, the other needs to get just a bit further…

  3. Well, that’s alright then. 🙂

    I shall look forward to reading them when you’re ready.

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