Taking Breaks

I finished the novel (yeah, crazy. I know). But now I KNOW that the beginning moves way too slowly. I know I have to cut and/or move a bunch of the beginning in order to make the story actually good.

The problem is I have about twenty other non-book related things to do. Plus, I wanted to take a little break before I started editing. How do I stop myself from going back and fixing my writing?

For real, this is difficult. I commend anyone who has ever written a book and actually edited it because this is some serious effort!

So. . .

Remember how my kids roped me into NaNoWriMo? Well between organizing them and organizing me there is zero time (actually, I was writing when I should have been sleeping).

So I am sorry for the lack of updating here. I do hope to get back to it more regularly when life is a bit less busy.

In the meantime, please enjoy the knowledge that I have written 60,000 words of a novel over the last three weeks because reasons. It is probably about 10 – 15 thousand words from done and I’m sure I like the story but not 100% sure I like the writing.

Perhaps I will post some of it here because what good is writing if you don’t share it?

Break Time!

Thank you to everyone for the support and choosing to follow my blog! I am happy to report that the school year has gotten into full swing. Unfortunately for my blog, this means I have A LOT of stuff to do. I recently received about 150 3-5 page essays to grade so I am going to have to take a break from regularly scheduled posting while I assess those. In case you don’t want to do the math, that is between 450 and 750 pages.

I have always said I could teach an English class without preparing at all if I had a book and some eager students, but assessing writing and reading is HARD.

Math on the other had takes me about 5 years to plan and then once it’s done, the lessons and assessing practically complete themselves.

So I will try to find some funny posts or stories from my life when I take tea breaks from my reading, and I will be back very soon because I have a 10 day maximum turn around on these assessments.

I hope you are all having a wonderful start to your autumn (or spring, if you live in that part of the world) and I will talk to you soon!

Cute on Me!

“Look at her cute foot on me, Mama!”


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Imagery

Imagery is that language that helps you “see” what the scene looks like. It is the elaborate descriptions that make you smell what the character is smelling. Usually these visceral descriptions are written with the help of literary devices (simile, metaphor, etc.) in order to make it more realistic for the reader. 

What do you think of when you think of the term “imagery?” Do you think the definition above is complete or do you think there are other elements required in order to properly encompass the term imagery?


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Painful Papercuts

Is it just me or are paper cuts the worst? I was just trying to open my envelope when I got a sudden pang of pain. It didn’t last very long so I ignored it. It must have just been the way I moved my hand or something. Maybe I pulled a muscle. 

Over the next few hours, it kept coming back getting more and more painful and more and more often so I decided to check it out. I still couldn’t see any blood, though, so I decided I must be fine. It just kept getting worse. Finally I figured out what was wrong and went to the hospital. After a day and a half, they let me go home.


This post is a part of a series of creative writing pieces. Check out the Creative Writing Master Post for the other pieces I have posted. You can find a new creative piece posted every Tuesday at 3:00 pm Eastern Time. 

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