Learning My Trade

Like many writers, I have been writing for a good chunk of my life.  And I can promise you that none, I repeat, none of my early works will ever see the light of day…ever.  But those early samples hold a special place in my heart because they show just how far I’ve come as a writer and I’m not done learning how to be the best writer I can be.  During a particularly bad bout of writer’s block I headed to my local book store.  I happened across a small but helpful section that had nothing but books about being a better writer.  I picked up a couple and bought them.  So far I’ve only started going through one, but already I’m finding it helpful.

Here are the books if anyone is interested.

 

 

I also stumbled across a rather interesting site called skill share.  I haven’t actually signed up for any classes yet (my life is too hectic right now) but they look like they have a number of classes that I want to get in on.  Stuff like creative writing, marketing, editing, etc.

So here’s the question I pose to my fellow writers out there, have you guys found any interesting sights or tools that help you master your trade?  Looking forward to learning about them.

Which Way Is Up?

Oh dear lord, what a crazy two weeks.  I haven’t accomplished anything and yet so much has happened to me.

I’m written up to the climax of my newest novel Time of Prophecy.  I decided to take a step back and visually story board it.  You see when I write it tends to play out like a movie in my head.  If I’m coming up on a complex or difficult scene, I just let it run in my head and gleam information that way.  It helps a little.  Any who, while I was taking time out for that, the shit hit the proverbial fan…but in a good way.

As many of you may remember, I work as a Teacher’s Assistant in special needs and was working on getting my teaching license.  At the end of the last school year I decided that I was going to stay in special needs.  I love those kids and I love what I do.  So I put out my resume.  When I didn’t hear anything back I started to feel discouraged, but then I got a call from my principal.  The teacher in the other classroom had left and he since he knew I was looking for a teaching position he offered me hers.  YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!  I didn’t want to leave the school because I love everyone there and I have an awesome Special needs team.  So I have all that craziness going on while I learn about the children I’m responsible for and setting my my classroom.

On top of that, I’m currently recovering from having some cysts removed from my ovaries to see if that will help me and my husband conceive.  The incisions still bleed a little when I move around a lot and I’m in the itching phase of healing.

Then, on top of everything else, my husband and I are looking to purchase our first home.  The market is tough and it’s proving difficult to find homes in the area we want.

It was only today that I realized that I haven’t even thought of my novel, writing, or anything else for a while now.  I have to finish writing before school starts and still go through the final editing stage.  I edit as I go.

Thank goodness for coffee is all I have to say.

Later folks!

My Center

If you haven’t seen Rise of the Guardians, you should.  Not only is it a cute animated movie about childhood, it has some pretty good messages.  One of the themes revolves around Jack Frost as he tries to figure out what his center is, the reason why the moon choose him to become a Guardian.  Most people spend their entire lives looking for the one thing that makes them who they are.  There are a lot of things that make up a person but their center is what pulls all others towards it.

For me, I believe it’s writing.  When I’m in front of my computer or scrawling ideas down in my ratty notebook, I feel the surest in my skin.  Writing is creating.  Writing is teaching.  Writing is giving comfort to those who need it.  I can’t imagine not doing it and I can’t live without it.

Why You Must Set Deadlines

I have this book, a children’s book, that I have been working on for longer than I should have.  It’s not that I’m struggling with it or anything, it’s just that I don’t have a deadline for it.  The thing is, I only work on it in between projects.  I feel terrible about it.

You see, when I published my first book, my students were ecstatic and wanted to read it.  Their little faces fell when I told them that it was an adult book and they couldn’t.  They turned those puppy eyes on me and begged me to write them one they could read.  Honestly, could you say no to twenty-five ten year olds?

But sadly I have been neglecting this story.  It’s basically done, I just need to finish polishing it and then send it off the editor.

I promise kiddies,  I’ll get it out to you soon.

 

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I’m still alive

Peeks carefully around the corner…Hey there.  Sorry I’ve been so quiet lately.  The end of the school year was completely crazy and I don’t think I have ever been so glad to be done with it.  When I say this year has been crazy please believe me, I work in EC (special needs) so I know crazy.  And please don’t think that I’m calling the kids crazy, I’m not, but I do have to put up with crazy situations.

We lost six, I repeat six, teachers this year.  On top of that we lost eight teacher assistants.  I had to break up a fight.  I had to deal with teachers who didn’t communicate at all.  There was also a child whose parents didn’t care if they made it to school for the EOGs.  We had to pick up two students.  The EC bus picked up a small child that was running in and out of the road and all this happened within the last two weeks of the school year.

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But all that’s over now.  I plan on not doing a cotton pickin’ thing for the first week of my vacation.  I need time to destress from this year.  After that, it’s go time.  I have a couple of projects that I want to complete over the summer.  I’m almost finished with Frank Tales.  I’m gonna finish that first before I settle down to punch out Souls in the Dark.  It will be a pretty busy summer but for now, it’s time to party!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  So to all my fellow educators, enjoy your break, you deserve it!

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End of year stress

It’s that time of the year again!  It’s time for the lovely EOGs….please note my sarcasm.  I always feel so bad for the kids who have to take these tests.  I see so many of them get so stressed out that they make themselves sick.  Then there are those who just don’t have anymore hope left so they don’t even try.  I really wish we could get rid of these types of tests.  They don’t really measure what the kids actually know.  Sigh, but there’s nothing I can really do except help the kids as much as possible and give them all the support and love I can.

This also means that my life right now, is a whole basket of crazy.  They have switched up the class schedules so many times that neither the kids nor the teacher know which way is up.  I think everyone is counting down to the last days of school.  I know, I am.  This year has been particularly rough.  But I have to keep holding on.  Not for me, but for the kids.

I’ve already started to make plans for the summer though.  I would like to bike around the country side I live in and take pictures.  There are a lot of old barns and houses that would just make the best paintings.  I do want to paint more this summer, but we shall see what happens.  I also plan to double down on Souls in the Dark so I can have it out by Aug.

So much to do and so little time….sigh.

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My Students are Bullies

But not in that sense.  When I published my first book, I brought it to school with me so I could show some of my friends there what it looked like.  My students saw it and then proceed to bombard me with a thousand questions.  They were a little upset when I told them they couldn’t read it because it was an adult book.  So naturally, I promised them that I would try and do one later on.  You’d think that would be the end of that but oh no!  From the first day until now, those little buggers have not stopped pestering me to write them a book that they could read.  They have even spread the word to the rest of their year and to their younger siblings.  Oh dear lord, what have I gotten myself into.

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I guess the only thing I can do is start to work on something for them.  Maybe if I tell them that I’m working on it, they’ll leave me alone…nah.