Today was a momentous day. I was officially awarded tenure. And I finished my book proposal—the first chapter of my book! Agents & publishers, here I come!
Here’s a picture of me, a newly minted tenured professor and a picture of the book proposal work-in-progress.
I’ve been juggling the end of the semester, getting super close to being done with my book proposal, and satisfying my curiosity about some other biology questions. Y’all, some days I need my curiosity to simmer down! Thankfully, the semester is done, so there’s that ☺️
I loved this book- The Little Engine That Could- so much as a kid. And now, both these books speak to what motherhood means to me in some way. ❤️
ANDDD I’ve fallen down more internet black holes! It’s a great way to procrastinate when I’ve got end-of-semester grading to do. But real talk, I love following my curiosity 😄
I’m feeling extra cranky this Monday, so this panel speaks to me. Maybe it’s just me, but when I’m feeling some kinda way, I don’t want to hear “you’re ok.” Feeling cranky is a good reminder that my toddler has lots of big feelings, too. Listening and mirroring feelings helps to build connection and empathy. There’s nothing that makes you feel so loved as being seen and heard 💓
For the full comic about parenting pet peeves as a feminist mom, check out the link in my bio!
Woo! I finished inking chapter 1 of my #graphicnovel this weekend. I’m almost halfway done with coloring. Next up: text. It feels good to make progress! #workinprogress
Today was the last day of my comics-in-biology class. I’ve enjoyed it so very much.
Here are all of my self-portraits in #IvanBrunetti style, one from each day of class this semester. My self-portraits confirm my love of black clothes with a pop of color. My students commented on their portraits that looking thru them gave them insights into small moments throughout the semester: seeing when they were stressed about schoolwork, various joys and happinesses, and what was going on in their lives, as they drew these things into their self-portraits.
At the end of class, one of my students asked if the other biology class I teach is like this. “That’s my dream,” I said. To me, that was such a lovely compliment ☺️
Here’s a picture of my process. I used nonphoto blue to pencil the page; scanned it; and then began inking in #autodesksketchbook
Today, my comics-in-biology class had the awesome opportunity to videochat with @mkczerwiec about her book, Taking Turns. This was our last class before students share their final comics: a comic about HIV / AIDS and a comic reflecting on what they learned this semester.
Thanks, MK, for taking the time to share your story with us and answer students’ questions. Also, we are all excited for your best book! I should’ve gotten a picture of us all. ☺️
I discovered it takes a village to write a book proposal. It’s not just the writing and drawing—it’s building a marketing plan, and getting the pitch right. Thanks, everyone for following along, and rooting for me. I want to give a big shout-out to my cousin @ktgorms for your Instagram wizardry 💓
Also, thanks @SmittenKitchen for delicious family-friendly recipes 😋 The recipes featured are some of my go-to’s— so quick and yummy!
More #sciencestories later this week ☺️ Thanks, everyone for the love! It feels amazing to reach 500.