Last year I failed miserably at keeping up with this blog. Well, it was my first experience with writing a blog, so I'm just going to chalk it up as a failed first-attempt and good experience, and commit to doing better this year. This should be easier for me to do, as I failed previously due to distractions from more pressing commitments -specifically my MFA workload - and for most of this year this blog will be a part of my coursework. I am required to keep a weekly journal describing my thesis progress during my directed study courses, and this blog will be the embodiment of that. I am hoping that this will get me used to updating the blog regularly so that next year, after I graduate, I will be so used to doing it that I will continue to keep this blog current.