I’ve Been…

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  • Working. Hard. Mid-Winter break has just started and I find myself needing it desperately. I think that if teachers didn’t have these breaks we’d go absolutely insane. The kids would too, but teachers? Definitely. If you’re a parent and you don’t think teachers work hard, think about how difficult your kids are. Then picture 30 of them in a classroom. Try to manage their behavior. Plan lessons. Be accountable for their learning. Add some administrative responsibilities. Get the idea yet? I love my students but I definitely like being able to give them back at the end of the day. That’s how I know I’m not ready for kids of my own (well that and other reasons!)
  • Polishing up my Beautiful manuscript. In the next month, I plan to send it out to a few more beta readers just to make sure that all the wrinkles are smoothed, and then compile the whole thing, send out some advance copies to reviewers and see what happens! When I first decided to publish it, it felt like I was daring myself to do it. It still feels like that but in a more real way. Like it’s actually happening.
  • Working on the (so far) untitled follow up to Beautiful. I’m about halfway through which is a tough point. You’re not at the beginning where it’s new and you’re excited anymore, and the end is still a long way off…
  • Watching The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, which is living up to the praise I’ve heard. I got a 30 day free trial of Amazon prime a few days ago and I’m trying to take advantage of it as much as I can before it runs out. Recommendations are welcome!
  • Reading a lot of the Belletrist book club picks. It feels sort of weird to choose books based on the recommendation of a celebrity, but Emma Roberts has good taste! So far I’ve read The Rules Do Not Apply, Sex and Rage, and South and West. The Immortalists and An American Marriage are also on my TBR.

6 thoughts on “I’ve Been…

  1. Yay, I’m so glad you’re watching The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel!! I may have to watch it for the second time again soon.

    As for other Amazon Prime recommendations:
    -Good Girls Revolt: Incredibly timely/relevant and I’m still angry it wasn’t renewed for a second season
    -The Americans: IMHO one of the best shows on TV and very addictive
    -Mozart in the Jungle: Not everyone loves it but I think it’s delightful and charming (and I’m not that knowledgeable about classical music)
    -I binge-watched the first season of The Man in the High Castle but that was pre-Trump and I haven’t watched the second season
    and I recently watched the period dramas The Last Post and The Collection, both of which I found entertaining if a bit forgettable

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    • Thanks for the recs! I love The Americans but I haven’t seen the fifth season yet. I’ll have to catch up soon because I think the new season is next month. I also loved The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Right now I’m (finally) watching Victoria, but it’s nice to have some series to go to when I finish. I was sort of interested in The Man in the High Castle but I haven’t watched it yet for the same reason I haven’t watched The Handmaid’s Tale. It seems a bit too close to reality for comfort. Maybe after the midterm elections I’ll be able to watch them? I hope!

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      • I think you’re right about The Americans returning soon. I can’t believe it will be the final season though! Hope you enjoy Victoria. I liked the second season even more than the first. And let’s hope those shows will feel much more like implausible fiction again soon!

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