Over the Christmas break I received (and signed!) a contract to write my fourth book, titled The Rise of Christianity. I mentioned this in a previous post. Now that the contract is signed I've started to write. I also made the first podcast (found in my Podcast Tab under Rise of Christianity). This is a book designed for those in high school. I am really excited about it since I am packing it full of digital resources like a website, Dipity Timeline, a podcast and I'll be making liberal use of Aurasma and The Mad Video to tag the videos I'll be creating. It should be a fun project. I should be hearing soon about a proposed book on the Japanese Internment Camps.
And the work continues on my book about Eusebius of Nicomedia and the spreading of Arian Christianity. I'm not sure when this particular book will be finished since I really need a block of time to work on it. The Rise of Christianity manuscript is due May 1, 2015 so I'll need to concentrate on that. So far I have about 10,000 words written, and I am hoping to finish it a bit early.
Plans for the summer: We are planning on taking a vacation to Italy and maybe Croatia this summer. I really want to get to Rome again. My plan is to make it a working vacation, but I am not sure how that will work. I may have to go again next summer... I also want to go to Pompeii, but Doug is resisting since we were there last time. However, I am obsessed about Pompeii so I could live right next to the site and never get tired of seeing it.
I've been pretty bad about keeping up with this blog, but I will try to do better, especially since I am having my students blog. I might just do the same assignment I give them!