No, I haven’t . . .

No, I haven’t fallen off the face of the planet. I’ve been teaching — and that’s an accurate statement for my current job. I, occasionally, substitute teach in a surrounding-area school district. I love the elementary age. They like learning — most of the time — and they haven’t turned lippy, yet. If you have a teenagers, middle school or high school, or have ever been around a teenager, you’ll understand. My current teaching assignment is for a straight six weeks and requires grading, extra meetings, student assessments, etc. Real teacher stuff. I love the school and the kids are . . . well, they are nine and ten year olds, what’s not to love? […]

Texas Trivia

Betcha didn’t know . . . 1) Texas is popularly known as The Lone Star State. 2) The King Ranch in Texas is bigger than the state of Rhode Island. 3) The Austin state capitol building is made from 15,000 carloads of Texas pink granite. 4) The armadillo is the official state mammal – only in Texas would we name a ‘critter’ a state mammal. 5) The first word spoken from the moon on July 20, 1969 was ‘Houston’. 6) More species of bats live in Texas than in any other part of the United States – okay, this explains a lot. No wonder I don’t understand many of my fellow Texans. We’re all batty! […]

Pictures

All right, so I’m fast-drafting again tonight and the blog has to be quick. How about a few pictures from my recent Barnes & Noble book-signing? Yep, it was fun. Loads of people showed up and I sold out. How much better can it get? These are two of my hugely helpful CPs, Delores Shaffer (on left of pic) and LA Mitchell (on the right) They were terrific and kept me calm through all my insanity at the signing table. Thanks girlies! Oh, and please don’t ask me what I was doing in this picture. I know it looks like I was directing traffic and maybe I was, but it’s more likely that the camera […]

FAST-DRAFT

Started fast-draft today. For those who don’t know, fast-draft (the brain child of author and writing guru, Candy Havens) is a technique of setting a goal for writing X number of NEW pages per day and living with that commitment for 14 days. A group of writers bond together — each one making his/her goals public — then each writer is accountable for hitting that number. My page count is 7 new pages per day. No matter what happens, I’ve commited to writing SEVEN or 1,750 words each day. That’s in addition to any other writing commitments I have. Today, I edited 80 pages in front to make sure the transitions would be smooth then […]