Biologizing in the Highlands of Costa Rica

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Training for our upcoming hike into Corcovado National Park.

Last week I sent the completed manuscript for Daughter of Aithne to my editor Terri-Lynne DeFino. Now all I can do on that project is bite my nails as I wait for her verdict. Depending on the revisions she requests, we should be able to set a tentative release date in the coming weeks. I’ve been through some ups and downs with this manuscript, but I am happy with the final product, and anxious to share it with the world. Thank you, friends and fans of Eolyn, for your patience and support as we enter this final round of Eolyn’s journey.

Fortunately I have projects to keep me occupied while Terri goes through my third novel with a fine-toothed comb. I’m digging into the planned anthology for the Native American and Pacific Islander Research Experience (NAPIRE Program). We’re starting with a book proposal to outline our objectives and establish a tentative list of chapters and contributors. The volume will be divided into two parts. Part One will focus on the interface between science and culture, with an emphasis on pedagogical approaches that support multi-cultural academic experiences. Part Two will document scientific contributions of former NAPIRE students and mentors. It’s all very much in the idea stage, but hopefully in the coming weeks and months our ideas will start to become reality.  I will certainly keep you posted moving forward.

I also have a couple of exciting field trips planned. This weekend, I will accompany a group of students from the School for Environmental Studies to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. This is an extraordinarily beautiful area of Costa Rica, home to the sacred bird of the Mayas, the Resplendent Quetzal. I have not returned to Monteverde for a very long time, so I am really looking forward to this trip. I’m also looking forward to hanging out with students in the field again. Believe it or not, I miss my students! Though I am very grateful for this break, it’s odd not to be teaching and interacting with students this semester. It’ll be fun to have that opportunity again, for a few days and in a beautiful setting.

In other good news, it’s looking very likely that we will celebrate my birthday this year with a return to Corcovado National Park. Corcovado is home to the most spectacular lowland rain forest in Central America, and by some accounts, in all of the Americas. It is only accessible by hiking. We will spend about three days traversing the park, from its western entrance at Los Patos, through the heart of the reserve in Sirena, and exiting along the beach through La Leona.

In short, lots of adventures along the way.  And you’ll be hearing about them all right here.

Stay tuned early next week for a visit from author Jeanne Bannon, who is releasing a new book Beautiful Monster. Honestly, who can resist a novel with that title?

Also, remember that The Masquerade Crew is giving away free copies of the audio edition of High Maga, narrated by the incomparable Darla Middlebrook. Visit the Masquerade Crew to enter to win. Good luck!

2 thoughts on “Biologizing in the Highlands of Costa Rica

  1. Wow!!! What a birthday trip, huh? I’m envious. But I’m certain you will record it all and share, if not here, in VAB.
    Hmm…what is this manuscript I have open on my desktop right this moment…hmmm…wonder, wonder…

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