A Fresh Start

As I have been preparing for grad school in the fall, I have been looking at various ways to pinch and stretch my limited funds. I also anticipate having limited time to blog, and have been blogging less regularly these days with many other life events going on.

I have come to a decision to switch hosting services for my author blog, and to downgrade to a much cheaper annual plan that will allow me to keep my blog and favorite domains live while I’m in school. This means I will be giving up some of the advanced plugin and theme customization features I have enjoyed in the past. I’ve gone back to displaying my publications in an old-fashioned list, and my free theme lacks drop-down menu features (for my past author events, works in progress, and publication links, just click on the link “Sarah’s Fiction” in the main menu). Nevertheless, I am confident that this clean and simple theme with its beautiful fonts and layout will serve well as the new home and face of my author blog, Slithers of Thought, over the next few years.

This new site is also set up with a featured landing homepage, rather than featuring the blog up front, as a way of inviting visitors to continue browsing my site while communicating that I will not be posting frequently during my studies.

Thank you to everyone who has been following my progress. I’m proud of this little site I’ve built up. This blog of five years is a little messy in some ways, but it has been an experiment in growth and boldness for me. I’m still learning and growing, and anxious to share more life adventures with you–however limited that interaction my become during this time as I prepare to immerse myself in graduate studies.

Thanks for reading and following!

Sincerely,

Sarah

Sciencing at the SAA Conference

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Last week I presented my first official scientific poster at the Society for American Archaeology conference in Washinton DC. The poster featured the mentored research I did in Kenya last summer, studying how surface water flow impacts ancient lithic assemblages. It was an awesome opportunity, and it was fun to meet up with Koobi Fora researchers and students I hadn’t seen in person since last summer. It was also wonderful to rub shoulders with other archaeologists, to meet some of the people I’ll be seeing at UCL in the fall when I start my master’s program, to listen in on some podium talks featuring other scientists’ and students’ latest research, and to network.

I’m pretty proud of this poster, so I wanted to show off a picture of me presenting it at the conference. Special thanks to Jonathan Reeves, David Braun, Matthew Douglass, and Koobi Fora Field School for this research and presentation opportunity. 🙂