Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Summertime...and it's almost back to school already!

When the back-to-school commercials start in full force, I get sad. Summer is always too short, I always pack way too much in, have a great time and am not quite ready to go back. But, hey, it's a job and the pups and I have to eat and keep a roof over our head, right? Definitely not complaining...just a little whining.

And once again, this blog has been a little bare lately. As has my writing. Why is that? *shrugs* It's summertime, I should have plenty of time to write. And I do write...a little. Nothing near where I want to be, where I'd like to be. I think I need to put myself on a pretty tight schedule to finish this rewrite and do at least one revision/edit before passing it along to a couple of beta readers. But I am reading my arse off, so I suppose that's something! So many good books out there...I want to read them all!

School starts in a couple of weeks and between then and now I need to:
Recover from sinus surgery. Man, the surgery is not too terrible (beyond the not being able to breathe through your nose for a long while) but the recovery is slow going. Today was particularly brutal as I had to get some of the packing in my sinuses removed. And, yes, I'm one of the 11% that passes out (or comes close, anyway) when things muck about in my sinuses. Oh, and I get to go back next week to get more packing and my splints out. Yay.
Write curriculum for my brand-spankin'-new Journalism classes. I'm excited about this but it's going to take a serious amount of time because, even though this is my "guinea pig" year, I want to get it as "right" as possible. 
Put my classroom together. Right now, the classroom is packed up in 14 boxes stored in the brand-new school's gym and cluttering up my parents' basement. Luckily with high school, stuff doesn't need to be cutsie and not every wall has to be decorated. But I like it...and I have to be in it 8 hours a day so there you go.
Come up with a strategy to incorporate both yearbook and newspaper production into my Journalism II classes, which are very small at the moment (as happens at brand-new schools), and still be able to hit our deadlines.

Busy, busy! (heh, this is what happens when you put stuff off because you don't want to acknowledge the imminent demise of summer break.)

Hey, is anyone participating in WriteOnCon August 14th and 15th? Even though work starts the 15th and I'll probably be at school for at least part of the 14th, I'm still going to participate as much as I can including entering the 450-word contest they've got going on.


  1. I can definitely relate, Mary! I've done so little writing this summer, which is disappointing in a way as I really planned to get back into writing this summer. However, I like to think I've made up for it somewhat as like you, I've been doing a lot of reading. It's great that I've had time to do some reading, as there are far too many books which have been sitting on my to-be-read list! Good luck with recovering from your surgery, and sorting out your journalism class - summer may nearly be over for you, but there's still loads to do!

  2. A brand new school and brand new courses. You are going to be busy! Sounds like fun though. :)

    Hope you feel better soon - sounds like kind of yicky surgery!

  3. Good luck with your course planning, and hope the sinus stuff gets cleared up (sorry!) soon. I usually take a week off near Christmas just to read, I ought to start doing that in summertime too!
    Hmm, Writeoncon... I need an excuse to write more!