How on earth is it September already? My revision is due in…*checks watch*…seven days. I am so happy and relieved about how it’s going. I wasn’t thrilled about the version I sent to my editors last time, but this one is coming together nicely. Granted, I’m about 20% done (estimate) but I’ll get it done. I swear.
I’m a little behind where I’d like to be on my revision because I got a new job (yay!) and have been busy doing all the things that go along with setting up a new classroom. I’ll be a library media teacher in a combined elementary/middle school in Spokane. Which means: I’m a librarian!
So far, being a library teacher looks a lot like being a regular teacher. I’ll still teach, and I’ll teach lots of the same things I taught as a reading and writing teacher. However, it also means managing a school library, which so far has entailed moving a crap-ton of books, and having books fall on me, and yelling at books, especially the slippery oversized ones that won’t fit on the shelf. Another difference is that librarians get telemarketed like crazy from publishers and educational materials hawkers. Phone calls, junk mail, the whole nine.
That also means: I’m not living in Seattle anymore. I really do love Seattle and I’ll miss many things about it (not least of which the awesome school where I taught), but there’s much more for me in Spokane right now (I am aware that nobody in the history of time has ever said this sentence, but hey, Spokane is my jam. Warts and all).
A big adjustment is that my new job is half time. I’m trying this schedule because balancing full-time teaching and writing has proved…difficult. Last year, when my first revision was due, I was basically never not working. I’d spend all day at school, leave around 5 and head straight to Starbucks or somewhere to write until they closed. Every. Day. By the end of the year, I was more burnt out than I’ve ever been in my life. There was always the feeling that I was doing a bad job at both writing and teaching, which is a pretty terrible feeling.
In light of all that, I’m very optimistic for this year!
OK, one last thing–I made this Totoro stuffed animal for my niece. She watched me the entire time I was making it, and as soon as I handed it to her, she started cooing and croaking at it. And tasting it.
I made it using this tutorial. I had never made a stuffed animal before, and it was super easy. I forgot the 1/4th inch seam allowance, so my Totoro came out a little skinnier than intended.
Back soon with an update on some of the awesome books I’ve read lately.