April 2011 Archive
Here it is, my writing tracker for the month of May! It’s not the best of pictures, but you get the idea. A few weeks ago, I said my goal was to write 2k words a day. The important part of this is that I had a tangible goal, something specific I could strive toward. It wasn’t important that I actually write two thousand words each and every day. That’s a lot. It was important I sit down and write. For the couple of weeks I kept that up I actually wrote between 1,500 and 1,800 words, which I was very proud of. My WIP is now up to 31k.
Back to May and my writing tracker. One of my favorite things to play, when I was little, was being a teacher. My parents gave me white board markers and sent me to a window or mirror where I would happily color. I brought this back about a month ago and took to writing reminders for myself on my bathroom mirror. This morning, I decided to use the smaller medicine mirror in the bathroom to keep a log of my writing, per day. My goal for the month of May is to finish my WIP by writing at least 1,300 words a day. I really just want to get the ideas out. I can use June for all sorts of fun (err…) editing.
I am in the in between moment of the day. We’ve just gone to church and are preparing to leave for Grandma’s in an hour. Mom is running an errand, Katie’s taking a nap, Dad is still at church, and I am sitting at the table, writing.
I love Easter. I love this beautiful sunshiny 69-degree day (Minnesota in the spring-time is utterly breathtaking. Mississippi is starting to become humid and hot, so it’s a nice break to be here for a bit). I love my family and how they remind me to laugh hard and be at peace. I LOVE the music at church – the brass ensemble and the amazing choirs. I especially love that tiny bells are handed out to kids to ring whenever the word ‘Alleluia’ is spoken or sang. I love our family’s tradition of making Ukrainian Easter eggs and I love the candied ham loaves Mom makes.
Happy Easter everyone. Enjoy the beauty of the day. I’m going to go play the piano to celebrate.
From Oasis for YA:
Topic this week: Quotes. Do you have a favorite quote? Something that inspires you each time you read it or instill a sense of calm, peace, and assurance?
I just read two great posts on keeping the faith and not quitting, even when things feel tough and goals seem unreachable. The first by Gabi Lessa and the second by Angela. Both of these wonderful ladies helped remind me not to feel glum and to keep working away, because quitting or feeling blue just isn’t worth it.
So, on that note, here’s my quote:
“Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.”
It is very bittersweet when my students pass the GED test. Some students are ready after a month of class, but others are here for much longer. There is no set schedule for how long a student must stay with us. When they are ready, they are ready. There aren’t semesters, trimesters, or vacations. We work year round with all levels of students.
When my students walk out of my door for the last time, before taking the test, I think to myself, “I hope I don’t have to see you again!” (And not because I’m a mean, horrible teacher). If I don’t see them again, it means they’ve passed. If they come back, it means we have more to work on.
Rometta just called to say thank you for my help (she passed the test a couple weeks ago). I don’t often hear back from students, but when I do, it makes my heart glow