I'm very excited that I was just accepted into a critique group that meets online to review each other's work. I'm certainly looking forward to reading other author's work as well as sharing mine with them!
I'm in a little bit of a strange position with my two careers (Can we call writing a career if it hasn't taken off yet?). My dream to write children's books began while I was in undergrad, and I always thought that it only consisted of picture books. However, as a 5th grade teacher, I need (and love) to keep up with upper elementary level chapter books as well as texts for young adults. "Transcending Tyla" is my most recent work (which touches upon more mature content) and each time I sit down to re-read it, I find areas where I am able to expand upon it. I think that's a good thing since I am shooting for somewhere around 40,000 words!
Part of a teacher's responsibilities, aside from from the obvious responsibilities of being an educator, parent, doctor, etc., is to also be a motivational coach. I told my students at the beginning of the school year that if we, as a class, had 90% of our class meeting or exceeding standards on our state test, that I would let them shave my head. Ladies and gentlemen, I now look like Mr. Clean (or according to my students, Vin Diesel (not so sure about that one)).
As our 5th graders and I approach our last week of school, I am continually reminded that each of us possesses the ability to be successful regardless of the roadblocks that may be in front of us. We must all strive for success and make our successes contagious to those with which we surround ourselves.
Each synopsis was originally written in rhyme with the bounce and cadence in which my stories are written. However, in order to make this a more efficient tool for spreading my work, each synopsis now focuses more on summarizing the content of my story such as characters, setting, plot, etc.
Our class of 5th graders recently finished their Author's Study in Reader's Workshop and they really did a great job with it. Each student was required to read two books by the author of their choice and then write a biography, re-design one book cover, use a Venn diagram to compare and contrast the texts, etc. It was during that project that I figured out how the majority of students view authors. It's as if they don't see them as real people.
It's been all of two and a half days and sharing my writing with others has been a lot of fun. I've been reading like crazy about the profession and wanted get my website running before taking further steps in an attempt to get published (although one is a little further along than any of the others).
My first blog entry on my new web page...how exciting!! My writing career began simply as a strategy to assist a student struggling to develop his own story ideas. That was in the spring of 2007 and the story of Curly from New Hurley sat on my nightstand for approximately 9 months before I decided that if I had a dream (which began after taking a Children's Literature course in college), I needed to do something about it! A short time later, The Rappin' Prince was born and I was absolutely hooked on writing. Please enjoy my site and feel free to contact me if you need anything. Thanks for visiting!