Life, Teaching Writing, Uncategorized, Writer's Life, Writing

“NaNoWriffic” May Have Been An Exaggeration

Now that December's halfway over, I suppose I can take a minute to stop chasing down students for missing homework (all this teacher wants for Christmas is a nice, tidy gradebook!) and give an update on my November Nanowrimo goals. Update may not be the best word—it's more of a confession. For those who are… Continue reading “NaNoWriffic” May Have Been An Exaggeration

Short Fiction, Teaching, Teaching Writing, Uncategorized, Writer's Life, Writing

A NaNoWriffic November’s Ahead

November's lurking just around the corner, cracking its knuckles and waiting to pounce. A little melodramatic? Maybe. But I can't help viewing the turning of the calendar page with some trepidation. Between school and home, September and October have gone by in a whirlwind— momming and teaching and correcting and cooking and driving and writing… Continue reading A NaNoWriffic November’s Ahead

Uncategorized, Writer's Life, Writing, Writing Inspiration

NaNoWriMo 2019: Wins, Losses, and a Silly Costume Picture

I blinked, and November was over. I blinked again, and the first week of December was almost gone, which is why, after missing Wednesday completely, I am drafting this post at 11:00 pm on a Thursday night. When did time start to move so quickly? Well, to put a positive spin on it, I'll just… Continue reading NaNoWriMo 2019: Wins, Losses, and a Silly Costume Picture

Life, Publishing, Teaching Writing, Uncategorized, Writer's Life, Writing, Writing Inspiration

November’s “NaNoWriMo” Challenge, and Why I’m Likely Going to be Wearing a Silly Costume in December

It's November, and that means it's time for NaNoWriMo! This tongue-twisting acronym stands for "National Novel Writing Month." Every November, authors around the world challenge themselves to complete a novel (or at least 50,000 words of one!) in 30 days. This is my second year participating in the challenge, because naturally, with a new, extra-busy… Continue reading November’s “NaNoWriMo” Challenge, and Why I’m Likely Going to be Wearing a Silly Costume in December

Uncategorized, World War 2, Writer's Life, Writing, Writing Inspiration

Reflections on My First NaNoWriMo: The Good, The Bad, and the (Very) Ugly

  I emerged from November blinking screen-weary eyes and massaging sore wrists, but with the following nifty little notice on my computer screen to tell me that it was all worthwhile: 51,703 words- You won! Yes! I am officially a NaNoWriMo winner! If you're not familiar with the acronym, "NaNoWriMo" stands for National Novel Writing… Continue reading Reflections on My First NaNoWriMo: The Good, The Bad, and the (Very) Ugly

History Class, Music, Uncategorized, World War 2, Writing Inspiration

Musical Interlude: “I Dream of Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair”

Choosing the right name is a difficult task- at least it is for me. As a child, the internal debate over what to name our dog forced me to look for outside opinions to finally make a decision. More recently, it took the threat of an extra night in the hospital to force my husband… Continue reading Musical Interlude: “I Dream of Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair”

Teaching Writing, Uncategorized, Writer's Life, Writing Inspiration

Signing Up for NaNoWriMo SEEMED Like a Great Idea…

Sometimes, I make questionable decisions. I have a tendency to get excited about new projects and pile 'em on. Generally I talk with my husband, aka my "crazy filter," and get his opinion on whether my new projects are a good idea or whether I'll be weeping on his shoulder in a couple of weeks when… Continue reading Signing Up for NaNoWriMo SEEMED Like a Great Idea…