If we were together today, September 2nd, I might offer you an iced tea instead of coffee. It’s one of those spectacular last days of summer and we could sit out back on the new patio my husband just put in. The sunflowers provide the perfect backdrop. Don’t mind the cats meowing on the porch. They’re a little upset I won’t let them out to join us and jealous that Rocco is sleeping by our feet.
I’d tell you how happy I am that this morning’s migraine finally dissipated. I spent the morning on the couch with a damp, eucalyptus-dipped towel over my eyes, wondering if that was how I’d spend the rest of the day. Now that it’s gone, we can visit.
I’d tell you about the fantastic movie I saw yesterday with my mom and my sister. “The Bookshop” was a sweet, simple story of a strong woman following her dream despite obstacles put in her way by small-minded people. It was a lovely day. We visited the local bookstore after and I picked up a copy of Vox. I love stories that describe alternate realities where people figure out how to defy the system. Mom, Meg, and I went for ice cream after that and headed home. It was a great girls day out.
I’d have to tell you about the first week of school. It was nice to see my students again and to meet the many new ones who’ve joined us. I will need to find time this weekend to put together lesson plans and think about my goals for the year. I’m excited about the novels we are discussing this month – Orphan Train Girl for Grade 6, Hatchet for Grade 7, and Journey to Topaz for Grade 8. I’ve planned new activities for our literature circles and hope it sparks some good conversation. I’m always looking for new ways to teach novels I’ve covered in previous years.
Sooner or later, I’m sure we’d discuss writing. I have been juggling a million projects lately. I’m almost finished with a short story I intend to submit for publication. I have another that I need to work on. I’m not really sure what I’ll do with that one. It’s funny because it came from one of our faculty meetings at school several years ago. My principal announced that the entire school was going for a walk. It was odd and everyone was surprised. That moment stuck with me and I used it as a story starter. It’s become a very dark tale, but I’m pleased with it. I just don’t know if I’ll be able to find a home for it.
My grand plans for marketing my Tales from Blarnach book didn’t go so well this summer. I did take a few online workshops and I’ve tried a few things to get the word out. It’s beginning to take hold, I think. I have some great reviews and promises of more. Book 2 is completely outlined and the first few chapters are done.
I’ve also become a “barista” at one of my favorite writing sites – Go Dog Go Cafe. It’s a fabulous place to read some incredible writing and interact with writers. Nothing is more rewarding than being part of a community. That being said, I’d love to hear from you. What are you working on? How are you spending these last days of summer?