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.

 

First Three Weeks

I have nearly completed the first three weeks of school…

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I am so, so, so, so, very tired.  It already feels like I’ve been back for three months.  I think coffee is the only reason why I’m still alive.  But….I love seeing the children.  They all grew so much over the summer.  The new kindergartners are so adorable and it’s nice to be back with my work family.

I know it will take some time for me to get fully back into the swing of things, but I hope this year will be a good year!

See y’all later!!!

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Whew! Glad this week’s over

Man, I thought going back to work after Christmas break was tough.  I think Spring Break is even worse.  Not only are the kids starting to stress out over EOGs, but they are also extra catty with each other.  I think by the end of the week, I was ready to rip my hair out.  But at least the worst is over.  They’ll be a little shaky on Monday, but they’ll start to get back into the swing of things…hopefully.anigif_enhanced-18625-1400109503-2

But on a happier note, I planted my garden and my radishes are already coming up.  Yeah!  I just want my tomatoes and hot peppers to hurry up and grow!  Ha- ha  I love gardening.  There’s something so relaxing about it.  Plus you can’t help but get excited when you start to see the little sprouts popping up.  I was talking to my neighbor the other day about how I wish I could do more, but because I’m renting right now, I can’t.  Oh well.

I guess I’ve slacked off long enough.  Time to get back to work, and my work I mean writing.  But I do love it!  Till next time people!

anigif_enhanced-25872-1424718031-19Oh and on another note, for those on Goodreads, you can now add Souls in the Dark to your to-read list!

 

Education Opportunity for Veterans

A while back I was approached by Webucator and asked if I could do a post about the importance of getting a solid education.  They also wanted me to provide information for veterans to use should they decide to enroll in their programs.  Now I feel like I must say that they are not paying me to say anything and I am doing this of my own free will.  When I got out I tried to find a job and it didn’t work.  Luckily I had the GI bill, which offered some money, and my husband was still in.  I took advantage of that and went to school.  I earned my degree and with that degree I was able to get a job.  The school that I went to had online degrees which worked out well for me because I didn’t have to transfer schools every time my husband got a new duty station.  This is similar to what Webucator offers.  They have programs that you can do online as a class or on your own.  They offer training courses on web design and security as well as management.  It’s at least worth a look if you’re struggling to find your place in the civilian world.  The person who contacted me also informed me that they also will help you create your resume which we all know is crucial for getting an interview.  I applied for jobs for two years with no success while I was in school.  Then I tweaked my resume to fit my new skills and to make it stand out.  Three months later I had two interviews which turned into a position.  If you are not a vet, I would still recommend checking these people out, sometimes we all have to go off into a new direction to make our lives better.  For my fellow vets and their families, if you decided that Webucator is something for you then sign up for the self paced courses and enter the promo code VETERAN.  This will allow you to take the courses for FREE!

Times are tough and any little bit that you can do to put yourself ahead of the game is at least worth a going over.  And to the rest of you who are not veterans, should you come across one who is struggling to find a job could you let them know.  I would appreciate it and I know that they would as well.  Take care everybody.

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