Now let’s everybody follow suit!
I’m SO very glad that the world famous tenor Paul Potts made the cut tonight on AGT Champions. He and his fabulous wife Julz visited my classroom years ago, out of the goodness of their hearts, after he won the Britain’s Got Talent Championship. They had plenty of other ways they could have chosen to spend their time in NYC, but yet they came. They even played chess with us! Thankfully I have this video to remember it by.
Getting back to a little knitting; big cuff-down, cozy socks.
My book! MY book. My BOOK!
My manuscript is winding up. I am sooo excited that I made such enormous progress in 2018. It’s alive!
That was one of last year’s resolutions that I actually made happen (and I lost some weight, too!). As a full-time elementary school teacher who also tutors (chess and piano) several hours a week, it is not easy to tackle another huge task during the course of a BUSY (2018 was PARTICULARLY hectic!) school year. I get tired, you know?
But there is only so much that can be done from summer to summer (not enough!), and I was NOT going to let another year go by with next to no progress.
Thank you to all those who supported me in so many ways, both practically and emotionally, chapter after chapter, revision after revision.
Thanks to SCBWI Midsouth for their wonderful conferences, resources, and friendships made.
Thank you to my occasional insomnia that allowed me an extra few hours a week.
Thanks to my cat Rosey (pictured) for hanging out with me in my office at all hours.
Hey, I know I didn’t get one accolade yet or win any awards. But I’m already thankful anyway! No matter what happens, I’m grateful for even getting to this point.
My resolution for 2019 is, after the manuscript is decidedly polished, to seek agent representation, and I already have my list of candidates and am drafting my first few query letters for the months ahead.
Yes, yes, yes. I’m well aware there are new challenges ahead, surely numerous disappointments included. I know. But those are signs of life.
I’ll be okay no matter what happens (I tell myself 😉 ).
And then, there’s always HOPE. I BELIEVE!
Here’s to 2019!
I’ll share much more about MY BOOK 😉 then.
I’m in! Which means, I pledge to generate at least 30 story ideas (not publicly ☺️) by the end of January. Inspiration will be based on reading the great blog over at taralazar.com on a daily basis. I’m also going to join the Facebook group (and buy the teeshirt if they have one 😜). And joining makes me eligible for kewl prizes! 😃 Let’s get 2019 started! 😻
Enjoy this video that I made and treasure, and see for yourself the academic, social, and joyful connections chess can bring to children and families! No wonder chess so inspires my writing! Currently sending queries for a chess PB and soon my chess fantasy book!
In between teaching, chessing, and writing, another favorite life activity is birding. We had this product in the past, but seem to have left in back in NY. Birds love this heated bath in the colder months and I look forward to seeing them frolic in it once again. Merry Christmas to the birds! It’s going out there today! #birding #birdwatching #tnbirds #backyardbirding #backyardbirds
For whatever reason, the carol in my heart and head this year.