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!

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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