Hooray! From Peonage to Poverty and Back Again is being sent out for peer review. (An abstract describing the book is on the Other Publications space on this website). What this means is at least two people in the field of disabilities will be reading the manuscript and giving feedback. (I hate feedback). But, if the overall feedback is positive, then it is very likely I will be offered a contract for its publication! Hooray! If not, then it is very likely that I will be spending my summer vacation contacting other publishers.
At the end of April, I am stepping down from my job as the executive director of the TN Association of Microboards and Cooperatives, Inc., an organization I founded in 2001. The people I work with and for are awesome and inspiring. So why did I decide it was time to move on?
Just in case you were wondering…
- I have finished a new non-fiction book on institutional peonage and a manual on self-employment and need to focus on getting them PUBLISHED!
- I have two novels started and the characters in one of them are tired of waiting for me to tell their story;
- I have several articles to finish with Mark on the national research study about people with disabilities serving on boards of directors;
- I am supervising the construction of our new home in Trousdale County;
- The wonderful program director of Thomas’s microboard is going to be on maternity leave and I will be her barely adequate fill in person;
- I am one of the experts for the US Justice Department on the lawsuit against sheltered workshops in Oregon and that work is coming up soon;
- I am teaching an online summer school class on disability history for the Disability Studies program at CUNY;
- I have two big weaving projects that are way behind schedule;
- This summer I am traveling to Baltimore to present at a conference, to Clarence NY for my 40th high school class reunion, to Myrtle Beach with Mark’s nephew’s family, and some other mysterious place to celebrate our 10th Wedding Anniversary; and,
- While all of this is going on, I’m sure another call from my higher power will wind its way through all of these commitments and pull me in an entirely new direction!
So that is the personal lowdown that didn’t make into the press release. I’m leaving TAMC to work on these other projects that hand been languishing in the wings for a long, long time. But I’m not changing my phone number or email address or moving away just yet. So stay tuned for intermittent progress reports and a call for new readers of the beta versions of the novels!
upon setting fire to one’s bed
rumors and questions will rise from the ashes
was it an accident or arson or art
a symbolic feminist statement or an anti-smoking demonstration
an alien attraction or spontaneous combustion
was it a twin, queen or king
a Sealy or a futon or a waterbed
hard, firm or goose down soft
was it bare, made or rumpled
silk, satin or cotton
solid, plaid or print
was it smoldering or smothering or stifling
lackluster or spectacular
a one alarm or three humdinger
was it an isolated act by solitary suspect
the first in a series by an international terrorist
a new form of performance art by an imaginative poet
was there a profit and loss statement issued
a press release or an annual report
a temporary injunction
was a hot line formed
a national recall issued or a web site created
an environmental impact statement
was it the anniversary of an historic event
a memorial service or a political rally
a call to arms or merely an unfortunate oversight
(c) 2014 Ruthie-Marie Beckwith
I just added an essay I wrote in 2004 about what it is like to be a mental health consumer. You can check it out on the Other Publications page.