You only have time for the things you make time for.
As the school year winds down, I feel as if my life is being wound up. Luckily, I mean this mostly in a good context. I have been living in Baltimore City for two years next month. I can't begin to explain how much has changed in those two years. Although I have been busy during my time as a high school English teacher, I have also been able to keep up with my writing. By keep up, I mean ... staying awake until ungodly hours with a coffee on one side of my bed and a glass of wine on the other.
When I got out of college in 2014, I knew I wanted to be a teacher and publish YA novels. I applied for Baltimore City Teaching Residency and was accepted. It's been a crazy journey teaching in the city. I love my students but I'm not sure anyone can be ready to devote the time and attention they deserve. Somehow between lesson planning, grading, and drinking away the pain I still was a writer. It's true what they say. Writer's write. I don't talk about being a writer. I just do it. Sometimes when I'm pressed for minutes, they're more like furious scribbles but I still do it and I make time for it because it's a part of who I am.
Here's some of what I've been up to in the writing world the past year:
**I published Grimm and White which was a major accomplishment. I have said it before but I don't know if Ii would self-publish if I had to go back in time. It's a lot of work. You have to hire the cover artist and a formatter. You have to do all of the advertising and make multiple social media pages. In the end, it was worth it. It's almost like paying for your own college education. Amidst the chaos, you are miserable and without sleep. However, in the end that diploma is yours and yours alone. That's how I felt reaching out to grab my degree and that's how I feel when I look at Grimm and White.
**My blog tour starts May 30th with Bewitching Book Tours and I cannot wait!
**I started a dating blog! I go back and forth about whether or not I should remain anonymous when posting. Mostly because of teaching. I really don't think that the blog is going to get big enough that I'll have to worry about it. However, here's the evidence of my concern if one of my 9th graders stumbles on my very honest, very risqué blog.
I don't have the link on here for that very reason. However, If you message me on Facebook I would be more than happy to give it to you.
**More exciting news: Just Breezies magazine contacted me! They want me to be a contributor to the dating/sex section of their magazine. I'm super excited for the opportunity and can't wait to write some fun pieces. http://justbreezies.com
**I had an article featured in the Huffington Post Blog:
I have had a few pieces published in Paragraph Planet which is a great little website that features nano-fiction. It is a personal favorite format of mine.
Go to the authors page and click on my name to see my poem Syndication in Chicago.
I'm working on a novel called Lies of Lizbeth Dresden. It was supposed to be a fun romance novel. Tell me why it has turned into a painstaking project with lots of emotional turns. Yeah, sounds like me. This might be one I put on hold while I finish the sequel to Grimm and White.
I feel so lucky that I'm doing what I love, even if it's between the minutes. I write on napkins at my part time job waitressing. I assign my student's poems and I write with them. I write when I sleep. Seriously, I dream write a lot. One time I handed a cop the copy of my registration in my glove box. I'm sure he was wondering why there were three paragraphs about a girl with no heart on the back.
Writing is not a chore. It is a gift and I choose to tear open my presents whenever I can.
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