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.

I’ve Been…

  • Published in Toasted Cheese Literary Journal. Click the link to read my flash fiction, “Following the Ghost”
  • Writing, writing, writing… and slightly less fun editing, editing, editing….
  • Reading pretty much everything written on Girls at Library. It’s a great site that features books and recommendations from women of all different ages and walks of life. It’s great to get a peak into someone else’s reading habits!
  • Kind of loving the celebrity book club trend. I know a lot of people sort of roll their eyes  at them, but I’ve interested in what people from all walks of life have to say about books. If Emma Roberts, Emma Watson, Florence Welch, and Reese Witherspoon want to share what they’ve been reading, then great! They have a unique perspective that I’m sure informs their ideas and opinions about books. And if it inspires fans to check out some of those books, that’s even better. On a possibly related topic I’ve been wondering why it seems like only female celebs are embracing the book club trend…
  • Embracing all the free workouts you can find online. Cocolime Fitness is an amazing resource for people with chronic pain and fatigue issues. Jessica Smith TV also has great workouts for people of all fitness levels. Why would anyone pay for gym membership?
  • Thinking about joining bookstagram. Stay tuned…
  • Becoming hopelessly addicted to Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. Apparently it’s a book series too. It’s going on my TBR right away. Definitely recommended for lovers of period drama, the 1920’s, and mystery with touches of humor.
  • Loving summer vacation as a teacher, just as much as I did as a student!