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The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings
Having a community of writer friends is a beautiful, beautiful thing. These are people who understand what you’re going through when you feel like you’re keyboard smashing your feelings or staring at a blinking curser for an hour with the looming cloud of doubt above your head. These are people that share your dreams and goals and aspirations.
Writer friends literally keep me afloat.
Writing is troubling. The whole process is emotionally draining and frustrating. It keeps me up all night and plagues me throughout my days. It’s an endless cycle of trying, failing, and self loathing. Of course there is the beauty, too. That one perfect sentence, paragraph, page. The character that literally seeps from your very being. Those are all the beauties in this. But there is so much hardship.
So writers stick together, or at least usually. I’ve heard being a writer is like being an island but for me that’s not the case.
When my writer friends are going through a tough time, I give them advice, and when I am going through those patches, they shoot them back at me. But here’s my favorite tidbits I’ve said to others, that really, I need to be telling myself in times of trouble. Continue reading
Spent my hard-earned thank you gifts from my students today at Books Inc. in Berkeley. It felt good.
Samantha over at Hello, abibliophobia posted 15 Questions for Book Lovers and I thought I’d answer these questions for fun right here. Go to her page and answer in the comments or post on your own blog. Happy reading!
As May dwindles away and June raises it’s ugly, 90+ degree weather head, the school year comes to a close.
The end of a school year means something different to different people. For students, it’s the promise of days spent at the swimming pool and countless hours in front of the television. For parents, it’s the scramble to find something for their children to do during those three months. For teachers, it is a time for goodbyes (and also those swimming pools and TV watching, okay, we are only human).
With the school year ending, it can be a bit jarring and scary for parents, depending on their child’s transition into the next grade. Junior high is when hormones will run ramped and high school is where it “all matters” for college.
I am a transitional kindergarten teacher and at the end of May, my students will be kindergarteners. For children and parents this is a pretty scary and important time. Getting into the kindergartens families wanted was hard enough but now it’s time to actually let them go and start their elementary school lives and drift into (hopefully) life-long learners.
I am not a parent, I can’t understand what a parent is going through first hand when faced with these difficulties or transitions. However, there are some things that we, teachers, want you to keep in mind when going through their educational path. (Please note I am only one early education teacher, not the voice for every teacher.)
After many years of moving around and roommates filtering in and out of our house, the husband and I have finally moved to a decent sized one bedroom apartment by ourselves. This is very exciting because we now have ownership of the entire space and we live alone. Oh, glorious solitude.
We aren’t decorators or anything fancy, but we are both writers and in turn, we both love to read. So I thought I would just throw up some pictures of our writing space and our bookshelves.
This is our writing area. If Mike and I ever wanted to write at the same time, there is a desk in our bedroom but it’s not as organized or apt for writing but it can be done. This desk is by a window (a must for me, at our old place I wrote at the kitchen table because of its proximity to a window) and has no clutter or anything to busy or distracting. There’s our ‘stereo’ for music and some keepsakes and photographs on the wall. Our boards for planning are there, too. My second book is planned on the whiteboard even though I think I’m actually going to give it a full overhaul. Outlining, ugh.
Our bookshelves! This is very exciting. We obviously, as you can see, kept a lot of our textbooks. Mike is a screenwriter so he has a lot of his film textbooks and I have some education and writing ones, too. We also have inherited a lot of books from my grandparents over the years and that painting was done by my talented mother-in-law.
Our bookshelves are a bit overflowing so I put all of my YA books on the top.
There’s no real order to this except that I am keeping series together if applicable. The far left stack is my to read pile. It has grown since I took this picture.
There you have it! The writing space has already proven to be wonderful while I’m editing and hopefully it will continue to be an inspiring place. And hopefully the bookshelves will stay happily overflowing but wont burst any time soon.
Where do you keep your books once your shelves are full? Let me know!
I am a straight, white female and I come from a place of privilege. Continue reading
I love Leslie Knope.
I could sing her praises from the rooftops, the mountain tops, across desert lands, or on top of a slide in a local park. I love her, plain as day, simple as rice. She is an inspiration, a beam of sunshine that radiates from my television screen and fills my life with more hope than any Obama campaign could. But most of all, Leslie Knope is important. Continue reading
My manuscript is in the hands of about ten people. That may be a lot, I don’t actually have an educated guess of how many people an author should give their manuscript for opinions or edits, but whatever, I have a lot of people I trust and value for their talent and couldn’t narrow it down.
These wonderful, beautiful people are taking time out of their lives to read something very unpolished and potentially not to their liking just because they support and love me. It is an amazing feeling.
More than that, another crazy thing has started happening. Continue reading