Well, it's been wayyyyy too long since I blogged here. But I've been busy (isn't everyone)!
August brought about the start of a new school year. This year isn't the same old, same old for me because I'm starting at a brand-spankin' new school (seriously. Construction was/is still ongoing. It's crazypants) in a brand-spankin' new (to me) position -- journalism teacher/yearbook and newspaper adviser.
Cool thing is, I get to set everything up. Hard thing is, I get to set everything up. Write curriculum. Train a brand-spankin' new staff (seriously. Not one of them has worked on a yearbook staff before.). Try to make deadlines with only four staffers. Try to put out a newspaper using only Journalism I (read: zero experience) student stories and no editors. Try to get stuff done when the computers haven't been set up and the programs aren't installed and Macs don't connect to our network so there's no way at the moment to share photos except for a couple of external hard drives that swap back and forth between the photojournalism class's eight computers and my 12 computers. It's been...interesting. And exhausting as I put in 14-hour days and weekends.
Sadly, my personal writing time is nil at the moment. Still, I'm determined to do NaNo so I've got to get it together and reduce my daily to-do list down to one page per day, instead of the three to five it's been since the beginning of August.
One of the things I've rediscovered is how much I love journalism. I love the design, writing, interviewing, editing, photography, and the whole process of putting together a final product. I hope I'm sharing my passion with my students -- so much so that they'll want to be a part of my production staff next year (fingers crossed!).
I do miss the hot wax machine, though. And slicing a column of text down to the right size. Physically lining up the entire spread. The smell of the chemicals from the darkroom. Everything's online now. Simpler in many ways but much less of a visceral experience as it's just staring at a computer screen while manipulating a mouse rather than creating a spread hands-on.
I'll be changing up the design and focus of this blog as the school year goes on (considering it's nearing the end of 2012--eep!), incorporating more digital photography and life in the South. As yearbook/newspaper adviser, I have to teach a bit of photography so I'm brushing off my photography skills. Problem is, they're super-rusty and digital photography does change things up a bit. It's no longer adjust a couple of knobs and take the photo. Now there are so many buttons and options and blah! way too much stuff on these fancy new digital cameras. Learning is fun.