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.

Taken from Marianne Williamson – A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles”
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.' We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we're liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."


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.

I recently shared my website with my students and it was incredible to see how intriqued they were.  Most of them new that this has been a dream of mine, but I'm not sure how real they thought it was until they saw the website.  Apparently in their minds, anything on the internet is real.  Now I know what we'll be teaching the last SEVEN days of school.


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). 

I'm currently spending too much money at bookstores trying to read as many books as I possibly can.  I'm in the middle of two award-winning books and have picked up so many books recently that I also had to invest in a bookshelf (Most of my books before this were jammed in the storage compartment of an end-table that was in my parent's living room for as long as I can remember.  (It now acts as a nightstand)). 

I'm also trying to write as much as I possibly can while also balancing teaching and grad school.  Sleep seems overrated anyway, right?


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!


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