Winter has arrived with steady wet snow. I've filled the bird feeders and put away (most of) the summer equipment in the shed, binging out the snow shovels. The fall semester is winding down & with the exception of a heap o' grading over the next two weeks, I'm pretty much in sabbatical mode. I have Spring Semester off from teaching & will spend January, February & March writing here in South Colton, then in April & May return to Vietnam after eight years away. I'm going to spend most of my time in Hanoi interviewing poets, then go down to HCMC and the Mekong Delta with my friend Ly Lan to meet some more poets. My intention is to collect enough material to put a winning grant application together so I can return a year later to complete the project and produce a book manuscript. When I first began blogging, I called my site Reading & Writing. I'm going to keep the title Sharp Sand, but go back much more fully into literary mode & at the same time shifting away from a public voice toward something more notational & semi-public. I'm not sure what shape things will take, but initially I imagine making notes on my reading & comments here & there on my writing. Returning to first impulses, then, though I'll also keep mentioning the birds & weather.