Friday, February 19, 2010

I'll be able to Quote Myself

I struggled with naming this post and thought of just calling it [Self-congratulatory Post] but thought that was a little less subtle than I wanted....

But the reason I might have for being so self-congratulatory is that I am getting published for the first time! And its not with one of those self-publishing places either where you pay to get ripped off. I know, I'm as shocked as you undoubtedly are. I guess someone out there thought that my thoughts were worth preserving for eternity (or at least until your dog eats the book) in a medium other than this blog (the internet is forever right?)

I am writing a chapter in a book that is tentatively titled "Spirituality, Education, and Society: An Integrated Approach." It's a collection of essays geared for educators and discussing how spirituality needs to be put into discussion with schooling and society; my essay will be based on a paper I wrote last semester on the power of collective spirituality to resist dominant norms within the classroom as envisioned through indigenous knowledges.

I'm thinking I will update you fine folks as I work through the process, simply because it is pretty much consuming my time at this point. I was given two weeks to edit and expand my essay within the given framework for the chapter and then send it back in for another edit/reading.

I'm obviously pretty excited as this is a great opportunity for me, though excitement has undoubtedly been dwarfed by worry as I edit and re-edit trying to figure out how I want my work to be represented (and how I want ME to be represented) in the academic/public sphere. I'm also pretty sure that, as this is my first publication, I will at some later point look back and laugh at how poorly written and inarticulate this article is, so I shouldn't worry about it too much!

I'm a little stressed about it all but knowing that when in fact it is done and published it will feel pretty rewarding.

7 comments:

Jen said...

That's really exciting! Good for you. :)

Gillian said...

Woohoo! That is fantastic!
Be sure to leave us information on where to find the book and get it autographed as well...!

RYAN RITSKES said...

What about those magazines articles you've had published? Do those not count, or was that a different you?

Janis said...

Nolana told me about this, glad you get this chance! Hope you feel like you get on paper everything you want to say. Excited for you!

Michelle said...

Congratulations. You should be published. You have a lot of good things to say.

The Renegade Librarian said...

Congratulations, friend! Well done!

Daddio said...

Well Son, we are of course very proud of you - again. Just think, the kid who always tried to skip as many classes as possible in his undergrad - and still pass; is now finding he is doing well.

Again, we are proud of you!