Saturday, June 18, 2016

An Ode To the Last Teacher Day of School

Yesterday, the last teacher day, a day without students, is always the worst day of the year.  I posted about it on instagram, but decided to turn it into an etheree (not sure why an etheree, I just kinda felt like it).  I hope this conveys the emotion well enough :)

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Feeling the Itch...

I've been feeling the itch to write fantasy again!  I know which story I want to work on, again, and may also work on another story that would be a second in a self published series.  I took the first down since I wanted to focus on children's books and these are DEFINITELY NOT for kids :)  I plan on reworking it so they are published under a pseudonym.  
Time to edit...

And I really want to revise an early chapter book and see about sending it out, if I feel it's send out worthy, that is.  I've gone over bits here and there, but really want to give it a good run through for a couple different things- basic line edit, and also a timeline.  Then go into what works and what doesn't work, what to trash, and what to save.

So, am I feeling like I'm getting back into a groove?  Into the writing and editing mode?  Well, for now, I'd say yes!

Hopefully it'll last!  I'm looking forward to time at the beach to get some things done (9 days till the beach!!).

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Almost Summer!!

This is something most kids and most teachers are thankful for:

The arrival of summer!

And I am, definitely, one of them.  Summer really is a time to recharge, to get rid of or change what didn't work, and create things that (hopefully) will work for the next year, attend meetings, write curriculum, move your classroom (for those, like me, who are moving to a new grade level or just a new room), and work another job. Oh!  Also getting ready for a NEW ELA curriculum!  And since I'm moving grade levels, new math, science, social studies, health...And also move- we're doing that, too.  It took nine months, but we finally sold our house!

For me, three jobs.  Writing (which doesn't pay a whole lot at all), my Teachers Pay Teachers store (which pays even less), and tutoring (which buys beer and Starbucks).

I still have two weeks left, but my kids are done in two days (lucky).

I'm hoping the summer will also recharge my writing.  It's really been non-existent for about a year, if not a bit more.  I've been writing a new MS, and some minor editing, but nothing consistent.  With that in mind, here are my goals from back in December:

1. Get an agent (simple enough :) ) NOPE
2. Said agent sells a manuscript to a publisher (for me in case you weren't sure...also, simple enough ;) ) NOPE
3. Write at least one picture book manuscript each month (ok, that's an easy one...I didn't say they had to be good, did I?) SO FAR SO GOOD
4. Revise at least one PB MS each month (yeah, easy, too...but how about major changes? See 5) YUPPERS!
5. Make major revisions to my top 5 PB MSs 0/5
6. Finish 2-3 middle grade novels NADA
7. Revise 1 middle grade novel Nuh-uh

So, overall, not so good.  That's why I'm so looking forward to the summer