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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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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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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TGIF

Thank flipping god it’s Friday!

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I don’t think I could have lasted another day.  Right now I’m trying to stave off sleep in order to get some editing done but I think sleep may win out before too long.  I can feel my eyes starting to burn a little.  I know I should sleep, but my brain is in hyper drive.  Although, last night, apparently, I passed out as soon as my head hit the pillow.  I don’t think I have been this tired since my Marine Corps days.

Hopefully next week will be a little easier for me.  I really want to try and spend a little more time writing than I have been, but when you get pulled to drive a bus for a week and deal with children who have all decided to loose their minds at one time, but 4 o’clock you’re more like this:

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Than this:

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I’ll try to get as much as I can before I can’t keep my eyes open any longer.  Till next time people!

So Hard to Say No.

While I was proofing The Lost Guardian, I took it to work so that I could work on it during my down time.  I also wanted to show my kids.  They were amazed.  They’ve never meet anyone who has wrote a book.  One girl kept saying, “Oh my God!  You’re famous!”

Needless to say, I laughed and set her straight.  No…I’m not famous.  I’m just published.  Would I like to be famous?  It could be fun, but for now, I’m just happy to be done.

Then I got bombarded with questions about my book.  They looked so sad when I told them that my book was for adults and not children.  Then one little boy told me, “Then write one for us.”  The rest of the class immediately agreed with him.  How could I say no to those little faces.  So reluctantly, I’m digging through some of my old stories to see if I have any that are age appropriate.  anigif_enhanced-14358-1412804594-2

I’m touched that they wanted to by my book.  I hope that this will show them that anyone can do anything, as long as they work hard and keep going.  I’ve always wanted to be a writer, but I knew that I would never get anything published because it’s such a hard field to get into.  But now there are so many options available.

So to my kiddies…follow your dreams no matter what.

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So Sweet

Yesterday, I was helping a few kids in my class find words that matched their suffixes.  We were just about finished when somehow we ended up talking about Supernatural.  Don’t ask me how but we did.  It did help to relieve my confusion about why they were talking about demon possession at lunch.  No really….they were discussion possession.  Thursday they were talking about Santa.  Ha-ha.  So back to the story.  One of the students made up a sentence about the President and another said that if that student was to ever become the President, he would leave.  I, of course, told him that was mean and then I said that going to another country isn’t always a bad thing.  I told them that I was planning on becoming a teacher in another country.  It’s a great opportunity and sometimes they pay well or help cover some costs.  All four of them got real upset and one of them said, “No, don’t go.  You have to stay forever.”  He looked like someone had run over his dog.  It was too precious.  I quickly assured them that I wasn’t leaving anytime soon and we were able to finish our work.

Sometimes kids can be so sweet.