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I’m a Planner!!

Are you one of those people who has a five-year plan? This morning, I had to admit that I am. I know many people like to plan things; a day, a week, maybe even a vacation at some point later in the year; but how far away is too far to think ahead?

I always like to know how I want things to look down the road. It’s ok if things change, and the plan gets altered; just knowing that it is there helps me to be more relaxed and focused. And I’m talking WAY down the road. I have my two year goal or list, the five year ‘where I want to be’ and even a ten year set of activities that I want to take place, and having this ‘decided’ makes me feel better!

Case in point; this morning I was able to finally settle a matter that had been weighing on me as far as my schedule in Nov. of 2016. Yeah – that far away, but it bothered me that I could not get this nailed down. Fortunately, I received some vital input from another party; information that normally might have been heartbreaking. However, since the event that I have been worrying over is still going to take place, in 2017, I can let go of that worry and be at peace with it.

I have been teaching (long term subbing) at a school for one of my friends who had a baby this summer. This was NOT in my plan for this year, but now that I only have one more week, I am happy that I was able to be here for these kids when their regular teacher could not be. The extra income will be nice, even though being here has been a disruption. I had thought that this was the root of the ‘writer’s block’ that I had been experiencing with a particular story that I am working on.

Nope. As soon as I had my plans squared away, the floodgates opened, and I have written ten pages of new text in my journal for the story. Amazing! Gosh I love being a writer, and pouring all of my imagined adventures out for others to share. I can’t wait for you guys to read this one – oh, and you will probably need some tissues.

HELLO WORLD!!!

As I am sure many of you are aware, the allergy season is upon us. In light of that, I have been on a roller coaster these last few days. Two days ago, my right eye felt like it was going to pop out of my head from all the pressure behind it, and I spent the entire day (pretty much) at my desk with the lights off and nursing my face.

Yesterday, I felt great, and started packing up my classroom for the end of the year (only 2 more weeks for me). Then this morning… yup. The left side of my head felt like a vice was clamped down. Fortunately, it’s Saturday, and I was able to stay home and nurse myself again, and get it to drain. And now I feel like writing – WHOOP.

This is actually very fortunate for me, because I had promised you guys a tiny tidbit of news about me a few days ago, and I have not yet delivered, and I think it is time. When this year started, I had promised myself that I was going to make this my last, and would devote myself to writing full time. Alas, things do not always go as we plan.

As the end of the year approaches, it looks like my school will be down 4 science teachers next fall, baring some miracle (however unlikely), and after a great deal of soul searching, I have decided… I’m going back for one more year. My kids need me there, and I can wait one more year before I completely run off to follow my dream. But, there is a silver lining as well.

Actually, several in fact. Firstly, we are going to pay off every bill we owe, which is not many besides our cars, and yes we are going to pay those off too, during the next school year, so that all we owe is our house. If I teach one more year, my school loans will also be gone, and that is a blessing in itself. And finally, it is highly likely that I will be teaching seniors, which I have never done, in a subject that I always wanted and was never given because I was ‘too valuable where I was.’ Can’t beat that.

Oh, and did I mention I am almost finished with book 6? Yeah, pretty amazing. I have 7 roughed out as well, and will have both of them handed over to the publisher before the fall. That means I will have completed 7 books… in a years time. I don’t know if that’s fast. It sounds fast to me, and I’m pretty excited about that fact, as the release schedule is already set for the rest of the series, and all should fall into place pretty easily.

Ok, one more bit of news, because I am dying to talk about what comes after A New Life. See, I have another girl in my head, pretty normal girl really, only life gives her an unexpected curve ball. After the sudden death of her parents, she goes to live with her uncle, and he’s that family member that no one talks about except in whispers… I will start roughing this story out as soon as I close the cover on Tori for the last time, and I am so excited. I wonder if I can write another series in a year’s time…

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