Monday, May 31, 2010

Monday Montage

The end of the school year for teachers is a crazy busy time, especially if you travel and have more than one building to close. I have three to shut down this year, and I'm preparing to implement a brand new program for next year. It is a fabulous opportunity for the kids, and I'm excited! Don't tell anyone, but I've got the best job in the district.

I've neglected my blog in May. Sorry! But today I've some things to share. It's a bit of a hodgepodge. No real theme, just some catch up items.

Forty-Seven days until I leave for the Writer's Workshop at Chautauqua (dances with glee in between severe bouts of anxiety).

I'm now on Twitter! That's right, one more writing distraction has been added to my life. You can thank Alex, a former student and current Novel Workshop attendee. He informed me that I needed to join because of the contacts, the information, and the literature chats - specifically #YALitChat, every Wednesday night from 9PM - 10:15 PM. He then proceeded to sign me up, give me a username and password, and emailed the information to me. I asked him if that made us both twits. He laughed, kind of, then forwarded to me a list of Tweet vocabulary. I am now ready for Twitterland, and I promise not to call any fellow tweeters twits.

I am reading a new book called HARMONIC FEEDBACK, by debut author Tara Kelly. You can find out more about her at her website, and on Twitter @AuthorTaraKelly.

Here are some recent posts I've read with terrific writing advice:
Wordiness, Wordiness, Wordiness List
The Ten Best Things You Can Do For Your Manuscript
NaNoReVisMo #1: the electric kool-aid conflict test
Nine Questions & Answers, by Cheryl Klein

Kim Kasch posted a beautiful poem on her blog today: Memorial Day - Let's Take a Minute to Remember

Thanks to author Rena Jones who awarded me the Blogger Buddy Award. (Sorry it took me so long to post). I love this, because it came from Rena, and because I'm a sucker for blog bling...

My garden (aka. the jungle) is calling.  I must attempt to tame at least one area before dinner. The rest of the evening is slated for my WIP.  Have a wonderful and relaxing Memorial Day.


Marcia said...

It's great that you have the best job in the district. :) Good links!

Kim Kasch said...

Thanks for the linkage love :)

Rena said...

Sounds like you've been busy. Good luck with the end of the year school stuff and the other stuff for next year. Thanks for the link, too! :)

adrienne said...

If it makes you feel better, I didn't squeeze in a single blog post in May...
Good luck with the end of the school year whirlwind.

Alex Gartner said...

Don't disesteem yourself. The 'twits' bit was pretty funny.

Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow night on the chat!

Nora MacFarlane said...

Alex - Yikes! The chat... I haven't a clue how to do that, you know.

Marcia - shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone.

Kim & Rena - You're welcome! Thanks, Rena. Is your school year finished?

Thanks, Adrienne. May seems to write my planner without me!

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Congrats on your award!

And the end of the school year is always very hectic for us, too, though we're not teachers. But with two kids, it gets to feeling a little insane, especially since my oldest is involved in so many activities. And then summer comes and you think you'll get some down time, but we still can't seem to catch a breath! How does that happen??

Anonymous said...

Our school year finishes at Xmas time. Its funny the different seasons. Congrats on the award :o)

Christina Farley said...

Great links! And so exciting about your workshop. That's something to really look forward to!

Anonymous said...

"Closing of school," the term I'm familiar with, is a hectic time.

I'll see you around #yalitchat some time.