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© Alma Hoffmann, 2019

Hello reader!

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Last time I wrote to you, it was the middle of the summer and I had just been informed that I earned tenure. Today is the end of August and with some sadness about the summer ending, I write to you again. But not all is sad, right? Keep reading.

Good news!


During September I will be showing my new work at the Mobile Arts Council. It will be up the entire month so if you get a chance, please go and take a look. I created all the pieces this summer while I was in North Carolina. I did a total of 65 art pieces. Out of 65, I picked 16 to share with the world at this point. This work is slightly different than my work before. Though still experimental, I used a wide range of tools to explore mark making on paper. My knees suffered a lot since I work on the floor pretty much hovering over the paper. Now I am trying desperately too lighten the bruises. 😁

Art Walk is on September 13th here in Mobile. So, that would be a great time to catch up with you! And of course, all of the artwork will be for sale. Great chance to buy unique Christmas presents in advance, right? 😉

My book

The book is being proof read and edited by Deanta Global. They have been very professional and meticulous. I love it. They have really read the manuscript and even told me they loved the book! I was elated. But, yes, there is always a but, I am not the most consistent person when it comes to following citation formats. This has meant that when they send me queries, it is pretty much about those citations. But I am happy to spend the time and work on it as tedious as it can be at times. Every little thing is one step closer to see it published. I still can't believe it!

Surgery

Yes, I had my neck surgery this last July. Before I had it, I had read a lot about it and based on the information, it seemed to be a simple thing. And that was what I would tell to anyone who asked or seemed a little alarmed. But then I had it and I realized that there was nothing simple about it. From the messing up the scheduling, getting multiple versions of where the doctor's nurse—Martha—was, waiting over 9 hours after surgery to be moved to a room, having an anxiety attack when they took me to take the x-rays, and lastly remembering not to use my neck in the way I was used to, it has been an interesting ride.

But, you know what? I have much to be grateful for. My recovery room nurse, Regina, could have not been kinder to me and sweet. I was really worried about the kids and initially we thought they would come with us. But, someone at church, who I trust, offered out of the blue, to take care of the kids either by sleeping in our couch or them sleeping there. I could not have been more appreciative. She had a blast! She took the kids out to lunch both days and watched movies (musicals of course) with them. It was gave me great peace of mind.

Tyson has been taking excellent care of me as well. My former student Keith offered to take my classes the first week when he learned about the surgery. I was able to go back to work this week but I am to follow instructions and not lift or exercise as I used to yet, among other things.

Curiosities

I am reading several books. I love reading and sometimes I wish I was not as curious as I tend to be, mainly because when issues about the book come up, I have to put everything on hold. Here is a list:
  • Ultralearning by Scott Young. This book is about how to learn to learn anything. Scott spend a year without speaking English to master three languages some years ago. Since then, he has been writing about how to learn well. It is a great read.
  • Drawing on the Right Side of the Brian by Betty Edwards.I have been looking for ways to expand and strengthen my drawing skills. This book is highly rated on Amazon. I have not yet started reading it but I am looking forward to it.
  • Golden Secrets of Lettering by Martina Flor. What can I say? I can't stop drawing letters.
  • Lettering Journey by Heather Leavitt Martinez. Heather and I met on Instagram and I love her lettering styles. I signed up on a course she offers titled Lettering Like an Architect. When I was a teen I longed to be an architect. That was when I taught myself how to write like the architects do, in all caps.
Before I leave you, here is a detail of one of my new pieces at MAC.
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© Alma Hoffmann, 2019
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