In the meantime, work goes on. I finished one of the student packets at the cafe yesterday afternoon, and got back a very enthusiastic note from the student a few hours later, saying how helpful it was. That's really nice to hear; I'm still a new enough teacher that I need some reassurance periodically that I do know what I'm doing, that I have useful things to say to these new writers. And then, after I finished the packet, I got an unexpected call from Roshani, who had come into Chicago to take her board exams. She was able to join me at the cafe for an hour, and it was really lovely to be able to catch up -- somehow, with all the travel and such, I haven't seen her in half a year. She's six months pregnant now with her second child; hard to take it in. She has one more year of her residency in Milwaukee; I hope she doesn't decide to stay there. It'd be so lovely to have her back in the city again. I've made friends here in the past few years -- people to eat with, chat with, etc. And Karen is sort of near here, though Madison is frustratingly far away. But Roshani and I have been friends since grammar school; that makes a difference. She's like family.
Today, I finish writing up my comments on the last two student packets. I think I was overoptimistic about how quickly I could finish them before; it takes time to do a good job on them. That's fine. Hopefully by tomorrow I'll be free to go back to revisions. I did figure out while I was lying in bed this morning that chapter 14 needs a few more scenes, which means that I'll probably move the last two scenes from it into chapter 15, which will conveniently also help with the pacing of that chapter. We'll see how it goes, sometime soon.
One small favor from a graphic artist type? We could use a logo for DesiLit, something to put on letterhead and the website and flyers and the like. I was thinking maybe something like the silhouette of a woman in a sari, reading a book, or writing one? I'm not sure how to best connote 'S. Asian' in that kind of design -- a long braid? A mehndi-patterned border? And would S. Asian men feel excluded if we didn't have a picture that depicted them too? I just don't know...
The key is to keep it really simple, so it will reproduce well even printed small, something like the SLF logo in style. If any of you have any ideas, or are willing to try a sketch, I'd really appreciate it. I tried, but my drawing skills are nonexistent, and the results are truly scary.