It’s a time-honored back to school tradition: you go around the classroom, and each kid gives a summary of summer vacations and other activities. Mine was the same every year, fantastically. We drove across the country and then I went to Idyllwild. (Now you know where the road warrior in me comes from. Once you go from Tulsa to Riverside in 20 hours straight, 12 hours to New Mexico seems like an effortless jaunt)

So here’s this summer, in my finest stick figures.

I played some movie gigs and rock shows.

Aah yes. The annual Student Summer Drop-Off.

I mulled over a Master’s degree and went into overdrive on the book, which is now completed and being formatted.

I went to Italy and (the much lovelier in person) Mimi Zweig bolstered my teaching chops.

But you know me…

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  1. I'm looking at the book as something to just get out there. It's never going to be perfect, so the sooner it sees the marketplace, the sooner I can begin making revisions for the 2nd edition. 🙂

  2. Someone told me once that a book (or any piece of art, really) is never finished; we just stop polishing it and release it into the world. And it's true.

  3. I am particularly fond of your turkey, which could also be a football.

    Also, the martele drilling has shown almost instantaneous results. Now I'm wondering how much of my bow consistency wobbliness is due to my barefoot, pointy-toed practicing.

  4. I LOVE Emily's stick figure stories – there's this light, tinkerbell-ish music playing in my head as I read your stick-figure-story line. Totally puts me in a good mood! WELCOME BACK EMILY!

  5. And NC: we'll work on the foots next time. It was brought to my attention that I even had some less than ideal foot stuff going on (mostly to counteract the weirdness on my left side) and changing it has helped me feel even more solid. Next time!

  6. Yykes…first my bow grip and now my feet?!? I just realized that the spider veins only found on the inside of my right knee (where the point of the lower bout hits me)aren't supposed to be there…because I wasn't supposed to hold my cello that way after all.

  7. Oh, Emily, I do love your drawings of your summer. I think I might try drawing my summer…it could be much prettier than the rants in my journal.

  8. Emily – your CRACK ME UP! Yes, oh YES – you nailed the music in my head, Holiday for Strings indeed. But then, when I listened to 1:13 of that Romeo and Juliet piece as a reflection of how you feel life's been treating you, I couldn't help it – I was laughing so hard! If you don't laugh, you cry, right? SO much better to laugh.

  9. Emily, it looks like you've had a wonderful summer. And, I'm really looking forward to your book. When will it be available for sale, and where?

  10. It will be on my site and

    at some point! I need to schedule a party to celebrate it and then I will have enough pressure to really nail the thing down.

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